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Let Dai, Volume 1

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Let Dai, Volume 1

The old adage No good deed goes unpunished holds true for Jaehee when he rescues a girl from being attacked by the Furies, a brutal street gang. Although the two get away safely, Jaehee is targeted by Dai, the leader of the gang. Jaehee is beaten, then forced to join Dai's gang. As the two boys draw closer to each other, Jaehee is pulled further into Dai's world of darkness and violence. When Jaehee chooses to honor a promise to a friend over spending more time with Dai, Dai explodes with anger, leading to an unforgivable betrayal.

Let Dai is tough. The story is twisted, dark and violent. It forces you to think about people's actions, their causes and their motives. In the beginning it is difficult to comprehend Jaehee's attraction to Dai, the way it is hard to understand a battered wife staying with her husband. But, in later volumes, as the boys begin to change and grow, their relationship changes as well, focusing on trust, honesty and an equilibrium that neither good boy nor bad seed has experienced before. The artwork is beautiful, making the violence seem more extreme. Delicate facial expressions help illustrate the intense emotions expressed throughout the story.

There is violence and strong language used throughout the manhwa and, although the first volume is rated 13+, the rest of the series is rated 16+ and is best reserved for older teens.

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Reviewed by Eva Volin on October 18, 2011

Let Dai, Volume 1
by Sooyeon Won

  • Publication Date: May 2, 2006
  • Genres: Comic Books
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NETCOMICS
  • ISBN-10: 1600090052
  • ISBN-13: 9781600090059