Tuesday 5 March 2024

Book Review: The Uncanny Counter Vol. 1 by Jang E (Fantasy Manhwa)

Title: The Uncanny Counter Vol. 1
Author: Jang E
Publisher: Ize Press
Publication Date: 19 March 2024
Pages: 240
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy Manhwa
Source: ARC via Edelweiss

The word is that the noodle shop on the corner serves broth that’s out of this world. But little do they know...it’s actually run by people from the afterlife! To be more precise, the restaurant is a front for individuals called Counters who have formed contracts with souls from the hereafter. They were given special powers for their job-hunting down renegade souls who have escaped into Earth to prey on the living. When So Mun, a highschooler disabled by a tragic car accident, is invited into the group, he hesitates...until he’s offered a chance to meet his deceased parents as a reward. Can he complete the mission and tell them the words he never got to say?


The Uncanny Counter was a mixed bag for me. I loved the series, so I was interested to read the source material. However, the graphic novel fell a little flat. The illustration was okay but nothing mind blowing, and I found myself comparing scenes to the series and finding the changes made by the TV show were an improvement. One of the sentences written in German also seemed to be linguistically incorrect. This first volume is mostly set-up though, so perhaps things will pick up more in future volumes. Overall, I am giving it 3 stars. If you don't know the TV series, you'll benefit from not having a comparison and if you enjoyed the Netflix show, you may still want to give this a read anyway out of interest.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC vie Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

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