Manta, a platform that provides access to South Korean webcomics (or webtoons) through a subscription, also includes its own original titles. This post features three of its exclusive isekai comics, each recommended for their quality storytelling and memorable characters.
This post is unsponsored. All opinions are my own.
As someone who has read some of Manta’s exclusive comics, I can tell you that the platform is worth checking out. Even if you don’t subscribe now ($3.99 USD/month plus tax), you can still get a taste through their free pass series. The three webcomics I’m recommending here are in the isekai genre.
I wrote about villainess webtoons and recommended several of them here. I recently read and enjoyed the villainess webcomics featured in this post. Stories that navigate the meaning of a second chance at life, what someone can do for power or validation, and appreciating the small things in life.
I Raised a Black Dragon by Sottan & Dalseul
Noa dies from overwork and wakes up in another world, inside the body of Eleanora. In this world, which happens to be a novel that Noa had read in her previous life, Eleanora is the villainess. Preferring not to go with the original plot, Noa attempts a peaceful life until a baby dragon imprints on her. And the dragon’s meant to imprint on the original story’s heroine.
I Raised a Black Dragon is a whimsical fantasy narrative that grips you with its memorable characterization and dynamics. Noa learns over time to appreciate small moments like watching the starry night sky outside a train window because who knows what happens next.
The first three episodes are available to read for free.
Justice for the Villainess by STUDIO107 & Eeyeol Chun
Charlotte will do anything to ensure Prince Albert’s place on the throne, including murdering his enemies. But then the prince, her childhood friend, accuses her of treason. Imprisoned and left for dead, Charlotte gets offered the chance to kill the Emperor five years later. Now gifted with an immortal body and a new life as the noble lady Juju, Charlotte sets on avenging the wrong done to her. However, she questions her intentions as she confronts the people involved in her demise.
What starts out as a revenge story eventually becomes a complex narrative about the systems that fail us. One of the character arcs involves a forest dweller named Commander Pascalina, who works to gain her current position after leaving her people, only to face obstacles that hinder her progress. Plus, this webtoon provides a refreshing angle on religion through Charlotte and Pascalina’s characters (their beliefs, experiences, and perspectives.)
The first three episodes are available to read for free. For non-subscribers, a free pass is available for one episode every day.
The Emperor’s Mask by Yeoldu & screw pop pop
A teacher wakes up in another world and in the body of Lady Lucia. Allegedly, Lucia had died by suicide, but it later turns out that she was murdered. To add to the mystery, the Emperor doesn’t show himself in public even with multitudes of women vying for his hand. And then there’s a mysterious servant accompanying her.
Lucia’s character development is one to watch. She learns how to adapt to her new environment and searches for answers. I don’t want to spoil too much about this webcomic, but its exploration of what it means to get a second chance at life astonishes me. And by astonishing, I mean the story takes its time challenging the main characters’ motives and desires.
The first episode is available to read for free.
For more great webcomic recommendations, check out our Wednesday Webcomics archives!
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Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in creative writing program. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) from Mason Jar Press.
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