What's Wrong with You, Duke?

Alt titles: Wae Ileoseyo, Gongjagnim!, Why Are You Doing This, Duke?

Ch: 89+
2019 - ?
4.086 out of 5 from 1,076 votes
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What's Wrong with You, Duke?

The cruel Duke Dreux of Faucigny is a lovestruck puppy around Nöel — all thanks to a random magic spell that was cast just as he was about to execute her. But with the spell’s power now waning and on the fritz, his shifting moods zip from dramatic professions of eternal love to cold threats of death. Exhausted from the emotional whiplash, Nöel must find a magic spell to not only save herself but also her enchanting fairytale marriage before she loses her beloved and bewitched “Ru” forever.

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The story is quite fast paced and doesn't give much backstory on the characters. The whole magic thing is also preposterous and isn't ever really explained during the entirety of the comic. There are a few plot holes that are yet to be filled and many unexplained events have occurred. I'm not sure if this is just one season (the 48 chapters) or if it's the whole story, but if it's the latter than I would be very disappointed, so I'll be going under the assumption that this is just one season (and there are more to come). Story: The overall idea of this is good and entertaining. It leaves a lot of room for creativity. However, I would argue that there is major room for improvement. The death of Erin's mother, her abuse, the magic, the duke's love, her mother's sister and the crown prince's motives. These are all things that haven't been explained properly in the slightest. Mystery is good, but too much of it just leads to confusion (even more so if this isn't a season). It's very badly put together and if this was implemented well, it could've been that much better. I personally only continued reading it for the amazing art. There's too much going on and also too much focusing on needless things. Although, I do believe that it is certainly entertaining if you ignore the terribly put together storyline that looks almost rushed. Art: There isn't really anything for me to find fault with in this area. The art style and colouring is beautiful and it's very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The only thing I will say though, is that I noticed the illustrations seemed to have gotten slightly worse over time (obviously not much, but there was definitely a bit of a downgrade in minuscule details). Characters: The duke is a cold hearted man who doesn't hesitate to kill. Erin was bound to have died by his sword without the use of a mysterious magic power that made him fall in love with her. However, to her dismay, he shortly regains control over himself (and his other self now only appears when Erin cries or looks extremely sad). Of course, he does end up falling in love with her for real anyway. This is all fine and dandy but there is one problem that I am constantly reminded of. He is worried that she only loves Lex (his tranced state) and not his real self, but why has he never wondered why he loves her instead? In my opinion, his feelings seem like it's the effect of the spell and not his own. It's weird to me that he's not questioning this at all. He could be trapped in a delusion of emotions for all we know. One other thing is whether the magic was meant to make him love Erin in the first place. This is brought up by Erin's aunt, who is likely acquainted with some sort of magic, so this is an interesting point. We, as readers, don't even know what kind of spell he is under. It also feels like the characters aren't very easy to relate to either. I don't know how to explain it, but I don't really feel that they love each other, nor do I feel any compassion for the two. They just feel like two characters to me, rather than a couple. I just don't feel any sort of empathy or connecting emotions for them. I can't really explain it. it's not tear jerking or moving, they just don't feel real. Anyways, that's my take on this comic. It has potential and could definitely get better if they improve later seasons, but for now, it's not anywhere near great in my opinion.

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