Webcomic / Online Manga
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
I recently received a thank you email from a reader who had just read my review of 9thElsewhere, a webcomic referred to me by a good friend. The reader was extremely happy that someone had written about the online manga because they had also enjoyed the series and were happy to discover that others enjoyed it as well. The reader recommended yet another online manga that I might find enjoyable entitled KingdomCome. I decided to check it out.
KingdomeCome by Mave is a tale about a young pop music star who decides to leave the life of popularity in search of a new calling. Having found peace at a Christian revival, Kim has decided to leave the popular boy band Berzerk and tend to his spiritual self. Much to the chagrin of his family and fellow band members, Kim goes back to school and joins an afterschool bible studies group. He soon learns that there is a lot more to each member of the study group than what appears on the surface. One rebellious member happens to be one of the most intelligent students in the school. Another member is actually harboring a secret about her past. Each member of the group is actually from a different religious sect. And yet, together, none of this matters as each member bolsters each other’s faith.
KingdomCome is exactly what an online manga is all about. You read it from right to left like any traditional manga. The artwork is incredibly detailed until a major emotional outburst occurs. Such shows of emotion are expressed through cartoonish illustration, also a traditional manga trait. Most manga are either mystical tales, love stories, or action stories. This particular manga is a study in spirituality; a Christian webcomic. The story is intriguing as little by little the reader learns more about each character. The artwork is excellent. The characters are incredibly intriguing. I was so hooked on the comic, I read all ten chapters in a matter of days and was disappointed when I reached the end to discover that I would have to wait until the next update to read more. In addition to the main story, there is a chapter called Timeout in which Mave explains the characters’ names and reasons for the creation of the comic in the first place. This is all done in a quaint way, with interaction from the characters themselves.
The KingdomCome Website also offers a side story called Home, which is actually a spinoff of events in the main comic. There is also a pilot manga in which the author Mave has created a printable version of her story as it would look should you purchase it from a bookstore’s manga section. The site links up to The Project, a main hosting site that features manga-style online comics geared toward a Christian audience.
After reading KingdomCome, I must thank the reader who directed me there in the first place. I was a bit skeptical when I learned that it was a Christian webcomic, but once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. My only hope is that the author updates the story soon, so I can continue reading the adventures of Kim, Doug, Linda, Abel, Gil and Paul.