Black Haze is an interesting webtoon. It is, from what I hear, a challenge webtoon on Naver not an 'official' one and you could tell from the very first chapter. The awkwardness of the first few chapters and really everything in general didn't draw me in and I had actually considered dropping it. However it does hit its stride around the 11th chapter and got better every single following one until I can safely say this is one of my most anticipated webtoons to read.
I must first of all state that the art isn't the best. There are worse styles out there but this is slightly bad, especially at the beginning. It's not that it has gotten dramatically better in the recent chapters (29 as of now) but I probably just got used to it and don't notice it as much now. It's just the way the shots (angle? frame?) sometimes distorts the faces and bodies of the character; most notably the first closeup of a character. And occasionally the angles are uncomfortable, and some birds-eye view of characters...well, what can I say?
Plus, while I do love the webtoon, I have to admit it hasn't the most original plot. In fact, I can sum it up in one sentence: an OP boy goes to school to befriend another boy. Mind you, this is only the 29th chapter and there are hints (pretty obvious ones at that) as to something greater happening. The word demons might just be involved. But really that is all that's happening right now.
What it excels in is its characters; or rather, its main character. He is just so sassy and calculative and just all round awesome. Bar none one of my favourite characters ever. But, in actuality, I never got invested in him until approximately the 11th chapter. Can you see the trend now? Haha. Until that chapter he was just an average and boring OP character who just wasn't interesting. But then that chapter arrived and he just flourished. I'm not sure what had happened to the author but man I am glad for it.
The humour at first was quite contrived and forced and while I did quirk a smile every now and then, I wasn't impressed with his attempt with comedy. And then the 11th chapter and the following chapters. Yup. You guessed it, it also dramatically improved. And most of the comedy came from the main, so you can see the link there.
Overall Black Haze has a lot of potential and I look forward to seeing its progress to hopefully becoming an 'offical' webtoon! I recommend everyone to read it!
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