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.
I felt like I was reading an incredibly beautiful love story, filled with bitter trials, inner conflict, and so much growth! The depth and quality of the narrative are miles above your average romance. It's rare to see a manhwa that's able to blend the visual and prose together so well. Like its prequel, the story continues to deliver and we get to see more comedic interactions between our favorite characters. I did notice art improved quite a bit, but it was never a great issue in the prequel. I'm absolutely in love with their story and wish I had read this sooner.
Season one left us with a satisfying taste of Wolfgang's victorious rose to the throne, thereby we begin season 2- Triple Crown, which blends abit of comedy, subplots, and gripping new characters that's topped off with some steamy chamber actions between.... you know who.
This season's art is even more stunning than the previous one, the scenes were painstakingly drawn to render a comprehensive view of the surroundings, saying it's beautiful isn't even stretching it, it's already part of this manhwa's strong points.... this along with Shin's character's flaw being used to advance the plot👏👏, whilst Wolfgang basically remains a himbo who'll make use of his street smarts & strength when the situation calls for it. Sys also grew ten times more adorable and became their love consultant.
As much as I adore the new characters (dead king's bastards, Wolf's childhood friends, redheads) it kinda stumbles abit when it comes to the build-up before escalating into that "bodyguard choosing day" invasion. Like I appreciate the little intimate & funny moments the artist has shown us in the previous chaps but that climax was lacking an appropriate intro, besides this and the lil derivative "North of the Wall" setting everything else is perfect.
I dun wanna give away who the villain is but this, sweetie, will be a fight between gold and red. With the root of the conflict originating from the royal family's stupid golden genealogy favouring.