The "Dead Zone" is a place only the dead can see. But there are a few special people with the ability to step into that zone and make the stories of the dead into artwork. They are called Croquers, and Da-Il is one of them. The only problem is that he does not realize his power yet. As he starts his first day as an assistant of manhwa artist Go-Ho, he has his first experience in the "Dead Zone."
Croquis Pop is a very enjoyable manga if given the chance.There are some flaws and some perks that will definitely be discussed,but lets start with the ...
The story is really well written and very original.Although sometimes the way things are explained can be confusing and had to follow.Especially trying to explain what a croquer is or does.It makes up for it by showing though later on in the story.Which I assume they do this on purpose so the audience doesn't stay confused.It is also very mystery filled,and action-packed.If you like those give it a shot.Other than that it is very unique and yes it even
has feels once you hit the third volume.The action is very creative on the way it is handled as it sometimes remind me of RPG's.The only problem I saw breaking the mood of the action is the stereotypical "calling out your move"trick. It also can be slow but it picks up before you know it.The comedy is also very charming
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The art is either a hit or a miss on people,as it seems very peculiar.One of the little distracters I found in the main character's design.It's not terrible,in fact characters look unique,individualistic,and well-thought out,but seeing the difference between the main character fighting and his normal life is distracting.Mainly hair and eyebrows as if he is slowly going super saiyan.Other than that the art style is peculiar and may not be everyone's cup of tea,although it isn't distracting enough to derail the story.
Some of the characters need more depth than others mainly the supporting cast of the normal world.They just seem cut and paste characters,with nothing really special about them except they work and teach our main character,Da-il.As for our main hero,he's not your every day shounen character.As they show the audience his dreams and backstory but not making him OP.There are some situations where he can't solve the problem and that is mainly used for character growth.Which is handled very well.He starts out weak but watching him grow was a giant perk for this character.Overall I found this character very entertaining and relatable.As for Mu-huk and Chan-bee I can't say on since I'm only half way done with the manga. They seem to be part of a bigger plot than we expect and not just be average ghosts that close zones.The villians are not directly explained to us about their mission adding the air of mystery to the mix,since no one really knows what they are planning.
I loved it.I couldn't put it down and I'm still reading it.The unfortunate news is that you can't read it online,however it is not hard to find as it can be bought on Amazon,rightstuf,or yenpress.
It is very weird and unique but overall well-written.It's not very well-known,so finding someone that knows about it is difficult.Give it a shot though,as it might surprise you or disappoint you regardless.I say to try it