The King is back. With the defeat of his father, Wolfgang Goldenleonard has achieved all that he's sought -- the love of Shin Soohyuk, the power of the throne, and vengeance over the kingdom's tyrannical ruler. But, Soohyuk, a "possession" of the former king, views their rocky relationship as one of war trophy and victor, despite Wolfgang showering him with affection. As uncertainty grows in the royal courts, forces beyond their control are preparing a second coup d'etat. Will these two be able to keep a grasp on the throne and on each other?
Art, (9/10): The quality of the art is par with the 1st series. But honestly how can you improve on something that already looks so good. Story, (8/10): The story takes a slower pace than the 1st series, but it’s still interesting. Before in the 1st series, the end goal of overthrowing King created anticipation for what was to come but now their goal is broad and more characters focused. It tries to address a few topics left open from the 1st series, like other people that wanted a more... personal revenge against the King. If there’s anything to complain, it’s that some storylines like out of place side stories? Hopefully in the next part we’ll see some a little more streamlined. Character, (8/10): Now Wolf and Shin are free explore and express their inner thoughts more openly and only for Shin being stubborn about it in the name of selflessness. The POV is more balanced between Shin & Wolf, giving more insight on Shin and how he juggles his feelings with his duties. Lastly even with the former King gone, we also have some revelations that makes his past as despicable as ever. Overall, (9/10): As much as I’d love nothing but banter between Wolf and Shin, it’s nice to see the the breadcrumbs of the second plot finally come together. If there’s one thing I’m looking forward to that I haven’t mentioned yet, it would be to seeing Wolf’s insightfulness and problem solving skills. I love Shin being the brains of everything being the King Maker and all, but I’d love to see what exactly will it take for him to open up more and share that burden with Wolf.
This review is for part 1 and part 2 of Tripple Crown. An enjoyable second half and conclusion of the King's Maker story. It's nice to see what the characterization that was set up in the first half became in the second. This one focuses more on Shin than on Wolfgang, and his struggle with feelings and expectations for the kingdom. There are some instances that seem out of place or redundant and a few that didn't fit with the flow of the story, but it is still very engaging and enjoyable The naughty bits in the mature version appear to have been made after the original, so their placement in the story is often very random and out of place, but it is helpful to get more of the relationship between Shin and Wolfgang that we don't see developed well in the standard story (inference aside, of course.) I was disappointed in the characterization around Sys. He's a great character, but some of his interactions with other characters are a bit too sexually deviant and lack consent, which is a disappointment.I feel that the first half is better world-building and plot-driven than the second (King's Maker), though the second has a more character-driven plot and romance development. I love and enjoy both/the full set, though! I should note that I have read this multiple times and am very tempted to buy the Korean hard copies.This can be a rough read for some people. Trigger warnings include: murder, disembodiment, death, and drug use. Some scenes are more graphic and have a lot of blood/body parts.
I rarely give out 10's but this story deserves it. The characters and scenes are beautifully designed. The coloring is especially phenominal. Each character has a very distict color pallette that's also telling of their character. For example, Shin has a blue and white color pallette and is very calculating and reserved, while Wolfgang has a gold and black color pallette and is a bit more bold. When you combine the characters in different scenes, it's absolutely a gorgeous sight to see. The artist also uses color to add emotion, such as black for frustration. The characters are also fleshed out very well. I would recommend reading King's Maker first, because although King's Maker: Triple Crown is the "main" story, King's Maker is a good prequel (it gives the characters intentions while also telling a compelling story). When you see Shin and Wolfgang having an argument, you can't pick a side because you can see both sides so clearly. The story is solid. There never feels like there is a filler chapter. The story is always going somewhere. And sometimes the author likes to throw in some foreshadowing. It's not too complex of a storyline, but that's okay. I am a firm believer that storytelling is the most important part of, ya know, telling a story. And because the storytelling is so good in this, the storyline doesn't need to be complex. It's just like eating a perfectly baked piece of plain (which is realley lemon) cheesecake (idk that's what came to my head). It's almost better because of the simplicity.
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