Zero at the Bone

Alt title: Wiheomhan Jaepan

Vol: 1; Ch: 25
2016
4.292 out of 5 from 68 votes
Rank #3,343
Zero at the Bone

After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies. Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was. As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives... but also fighting for their future. A future together.

Source: Dreamspinner Press

Based on the novel Zero At the Bone by Jane Seville

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turtledove
5

*LOWKEY SPOILER WARNING* This manhwa was just "eh?" for me I guess. While as a story independently it is just ok I feel like my opinion of this has greatly been biased since if you didn't know this is actually based on a novel by the same name. I just feel like this is just a watered down version of the novel. The relationship between the main couple (D and Jack) is definitely more developed in the novel and comes off more believable and genuine. While here I feel like it's way more rushed and that can be because it has so little chapters which doesn't really provide enough time to 1. Create distinct and unique characters and 2. Help the relationship between the two feel real. D is someone who won't let in anyone due to the fact of his past and how tragic it is for him. It is constantly mentioned in the novel how much D struggles with his past and his relationship with Jack suffers because of that even after they start a relationship. It takes D a while to open up and even when he does he still feels like he doesn't deserve Jack. While here it's just feels like it's completely rushed ans D's internal struggle just doesn't feel really present. Another thing that's really mentioned is how Jack struggles with the morals of D and how it's really hard to accept that's he's killed and "judged"  whether the people he killed should've die or not. While that is mentioned a bit it kinda takes a side note which just doesn't feel in Jack's character since he was very head strong about his beliefs. While that annoyed D it's also one of the many reasons D feel for Jack because he stuck to his beliefs and didn't sugarcoat anything. The main point I'm trying to make is that the main focus of there relationships was the both of them made each other better people more then the lust part of the relationship they were truly in love with each other. I just don't get that feeling here and it's just greatly disappointing and frustrating because of how beautiful their relationship really was. Honestly this is just from the point of view of someone who's had prior experiences with this story. If you're going in completely new to the narrative then maybe you'll be able to enjoy this better then I did.

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