The Lone Necromancer

Alt title: Na Honja Necromancer

Ch: 127+
2021 - ?
3.951 out of 5 from 1,797 votes
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The Lone Necromancer

Seongwu is a former special forces soldier who has returned to college after completing his national service. His ordinary life as a student is shattered during class one day when he and his fellow students are faced with a mysterious prompt asking them to “select a role.” Seongwu chooses the necromancer, a rare ability that grants him the power to control the undead. With the campus and outside world seemingly on the brink of collapse, Seongwu must use his newfound powers to battle fearsome monsters and help save his fellow students. But will they make it out alive?

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The artwork is good, I'd say, but not great. It's full color. Some of the texturing and shading is slightly gritty. The action scenes are flashy and intense. Some aspects, like the trees and maybe the cars, feel like they might be manipulated images originating from photographs, but it's not as abrasive as some other series that do that type of thing. There are a lot of hard angles, like with the squarish goblin eyes or the boney joints. The chibi forms, especially for the goblins, look junky and are honestly a read turn-off.  The characters are the weakest part of this manhwa. The protagonist is too perfect, the cowardly masses are too uniform, and the powerhungry assholes are too over-the-top. None of the human interactions feel very realistic, and it's largely because half of them are clearly written with the goal of maximizing the eventual schadenfreude when the assholes get their comeuppance. And the other half are clearly written to pedestalize the protagonist and show how awesomely decisive and tactically superior fe is when compared to everyone else. The author does attempt to include some teamplay and fighting accomplishments on the part of Hanho and Jisoo, but those honestly just come across as pathetic and useless blips in the face of how absurdly overpowered the protagonist is. The storyline feels like it's just going to be endless power-ups and fighting. Which, I mean, is pretty common, but the premise for the fighting still needs to have solid reasons behind it. And so far, there hasn't been any indication that the story intends to comment on how the world got to be this way. Who's creating the barriers and is there a way to remove the barriers besides doing what they say? How are the monsters and items generating? Will the monsters die if left unfed, or are they non-biological? None of those types of questions have even been asked and I don't get the impression that the author intends to delve into that type of thing, cause the storyline's just about having endless power-ups and fighting. Some of the power-ups are portrayed as being randomly generated, to play into the game-like aspect of this world. In actual games, randomization can increase the fun of the experience. But in a story about a game-like world, (so-called) randomization isn't nearly as fun because we readers know that it's not actually random. The author is in complete control and writes it so the characters get precisely the skills and items which best serve the plot. In other words, the randomization just feels like a cheap avenue for contrivance, for plot armor. The idea of randomized items and gacha systems would only be truly fun for us readers if it was a Make Your Own Adventure type of thing, where we could see how the protagonist would adapt feir strategies depending on which items and skills fe received.  [Reviewed at chapter 13]

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