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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yi Soon Shin


Greetings Geeks,

Every year San Diego Comic Con plays host to a slew of new comic books and their creators. One of these book is Yi Soon Shin. Hit the jump for a peek into an epic story of war!


Yi Soon Shin is the story of a Korean naval commander, famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty, and is well-respected for his exemplary conduct on and off the battlefield not only by Koreans, but by Japanese Admirals as well.

It is said the Yi Soon Shin was undefeated in battle and that his tactics rivaled that of Zhuge Liang.

The art is nice. Really nice. It captures the era well. I always like it when Asian characters actually look Asian.


The first book starts with Yi Soon Shin already an admiral. This is nice because it brings you right into the action. The downside is that if you want to know about Yi Soon Shin's young life, you are out of luck. This of course could be rectified in later issues with flashbacks, so don't count that out.

Yi Soon Shin doesn't pull punches. The book is violent, bloody and unapologetic. Not for the younger readers. Onrie Kompan does a great job making the material interesting. Not that it already isn't. Within a few pages you are very clear on just who is who in this war and just how far they are willing to go to conquer Korea.


Overall If you're into ancient Asian culture at all, then this book is for you! Check out the website at www.yisoonshin.com

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