The story set in the contemporary South Korea. Some 30 years ago, unidentified creatures appeared out of nowhere and have attacked people. They have caused massive destruction wherever they go. The monsters are called "Trouble," and get the world have fallen into chaos. Along with the first appearance of the "Troubles," some number of humans were born with or acquired supernatural abilities. These mutants called "Trace" are the only ones who can fight off the "Trouble." The "Trace" are also considered freaks and generally shunned by the community because some of them misused the powers for their own interest.
The plot revolves around two main characters. Sah Gang-kwon, a high school student born as a "Trace" who attempts to hide his ability. The other is Kim Yun-Seong, who acquired his "Trace" abilities during his early 30s. Soon after the acquisition, his wife and daughter were taken away from him for experimental purposes.
When I first started reading Trace, it looked like an American comic with villains and superheroes of sorts. It didn't seem original at all, but the art was pretty and it updated each day, which is why I kept reading it.
But as I read more and more, I got sucked in. This is that type of a comic that leaves you wanting for more with each chapter. And you find yourself cursing after each cliffhanger.
When I read trough Rose arc I was astonished. It was so intense and deep that I cried the whole day after reading the last chapter of this arc. And that's
when Trace got into my Top 5.
It combines comedy [and even parody, with many references], action [amazing fighting scenes], fantasy [some unique and some not so unique abilities], romance, angst, even tragedy, perfectly. Characters are detailed, from their abilities, flaws and perfections, to their outer appearance.
So, this manhwa has everything you can possibly ask for. I recommend it to any guy or girl, 13 or 30 years old, and I'm sure you won't regret it.
When i first started reading trace i thought it would have the same story of good vs bad , the only reason that got me to read it was because of the art .
the story revolves about these trace's that appeared mysteriously , along side with them appeared trouble's , Trace's fight Trouble's , Trouble's are the bad guys here but in the same time The society shuts out Trace's as well , they are freaks to them and shouldn't even be allowed to live beside normal human's , they even have their own schools and regulations , The story is about two main
characters not just one , the first half of the story is about Ghang Gwon Sa and the second is about Yun Seong Kim , the two halves are very connected later on in the story .
Art : if i had to say anything about the art i would say AMAZING , i loved every bit of it , the art is truly beautiful .
Characters : every character gets it's own turn in this manhwa , the character development is amazing that i ended up loving each and every one .
over al i must give this manhwa a 10 due to it's great plot line , twists and art , i never really get influenced by stories that easily but this one reached a soft spot in my heart so much that when i reached the rose arc i felt like i was breaking a part , oh and one last thing although it may seem that this is one of these episodic stories where good fights evil until a plot appear i have to disagree it had a plot from the very start and as the story develops the plot gets darker and more serious and it gets even more enjoyable at the same time
when i first started reading it i thought the story concept was very interesting, especially the idea of traces and troubles. i especially liked the backstory of one of the main characters, the working man. the presentation of this manhwa is very original, as the next chapter frequently repeats the past events in panels. you mainly need to read from the top to the bottom, sometimes left to right but there is not a lot of need to read left to right. in this internet age, it's easy to simply scroll down.
however, what made me turn down this manhwa was the art. yes, the art
does not make up 100% of the story. heck, claymore's art was not really that impressive and i would admit that it is difficult to read claymore from the beginning at first. however, the story kept me going. well, in trace, the art annoyed me immensely. especially the eyes and the extremely poor choice of color schemes. in the second arc or so, almost all of new characters have the same colored clothing. for example, a guy would have blue hair and blue clothes. there is not a lot of variety in color, and i believe that annoyed me the most.
as for the characters, they are fairly good. however, the artist apparently tried too much to include humor in the form of chibis at random times. there's not many characters that i particularly like or can relate to. the only character that i would consider my favorite is jin, and that is only because he did have believable character development. i also liked the security guy.
so yes, at the beginning i enjoyed this story. but towards the middle i started to not enjoy it as much because of the visuals. oh yes, did i mention that trace was 100% colored? i would very much prefer that it be black and white to avoid terrible color choices. sorry if my review seems bitter, but this is what i firmly believe about this manhwa. it has the right concept and interesting presentation that works well, but it could have been drawn better and developed characters well.
Only looking at the synopsis, there is nothing impressive about the setting of this manhwa. To tell you the truth, a few chapters into the story, this is exactly what I thought, too.
I was so-ooo wrong.
At first, it seems like the main protagonist of this story would be a high school student, a norm for manga and manhwa alike. However, only after a few chapters, the narration switches to a middle-aged married man, which captured my attention immediately. The story only gets better from there. Readers slowly gather bits and pieces along with our confused main protagonists, information that helped our middle-aged father to
make a daring rescue plan.
Things only get more surprising from there. Then, comes our (secret) 3rd main character, a man whom readers would previously dislike. Somehow, with the magical power of Korean drama, this arc is turned into an extremely emotion-rich, tears-filled episode. By the end of the arc, I guarantee that readers love this character.
If all this still doesn’t convince you to read this, consider the genres I tagged Trace with: Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Superpower, and Supernatural. How can any one piece of work fits all these genres and still manage to produce a respectale work? And I tell you, the author did in fact do that, and managed to weave a fantastic multi-perspective story full of twists that mind-f*cks your brain.
So yes, if you are the type of reader that enjoys complexity of characters and plot, this should be reason enough for an all-nighter.
Finally, I should comment a little bit about the art. I have read in people’s reviews that they loved the art. Personally, I dislike the art in Trace. As I read it more and more, though, my problem with its art gradually fades out. My best attempt at describing the art style would be that the author draw lines thick and hard. For example, the face is drawn with straighter lines than usual. Another feature is that people are drawn more appropriate to real life (i.e. a middle-aged person would have wrinkles on his face).
Like other reviewers of Trace, I give it a well-deserved 10/10.