A review of HIVE which is a post-apocalypse action created by Kim Gyu-Sam who also happens to be the artist behind this highly detailed masterpiece. This manhwa brings the reader to a world with big bad bugs who take over South Korea. Overall enjoyable to read and is by far one of the best manhwa I have picked up this year.
What HIVE (하이브) Is About
Author: Kim Gyu-Sam
Artist: Kim Gyu-Sam
Known As: HIVE, 하이브, Улей
Light Novel: No
Genres: Action, Horror, Psychological, Post-Apocalyptic
A Small Synopsis
It is the year 2014 and there is a serious issue with global warming. Apocalypse falls over South Korea as gigantic mutated insects appear throughout the cities due to pollutants. Our protagonist Eun-Sung Lee, a corporate office staff member is faced with battling through hoards of killer insects to find and save his wife and daughter.
What Is Good About HIVE (하이브)
What I really liked about this manhwa was how well the story progressed and how new things were introduced in small increments. I thought it was a really nice touch because as a reader it makes you want to come back to find out more.
The characters were amazing and while some were overplayed in being too needy, annoying or downright stereotypical – it was actually believable that this is how real people would act in the situation.
What an amazing art style, it is capable to produce a vivid image of being in the situation right alongside the protagonist and at times, question whether there would be a way to win.
I think once you begin reading this manhwa you will come to like one of the main protagonists, he is very unique and by far the ultimate badass – the upside being he himself has his own spin-off instalment called The Dog Man which covers his backstory. There is also an additional instalment alongside this called Dead Queen focusing on another story.
What Is Bad About HIVE (하이브)
I think the thing which annoyed me the most is how this manhwa came to an end, but I cannot say more than this and be reminded that it’s my personal opinion at the end of the day. I just expected more.
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With a unique storyline, characters and art style – HIVE is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I will do nothing but recommend this manhwa to those who enjoy the horror and post-apocalyptic genres as this is by far one of the best out there.
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