The Breaker is a manhwa that's created by Jeon Geuk-jin and Park Jin-hwan and it was first serialized all the way back in 2007. The series has been printed in other languages, but it wasn't until 2021 that Ablaze Manga would begin releasing omnibuses of The Breaker with English translation. For those of you who aren't familiar with manhwa, they are comics released in South Korea. A lot of these series are gaining massive popularity as of late, and rightfully so, but I still find that a lot of these series fly under people's radar--sometimes even my own.
Some manhwa have already received anime adaptations, like Tower of God, The God of High School, and Noblesse, while others have received print publications, such as Solo Leveling, Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade, The Hellbound, which is coming out this November, and of course, The Breaker, which I'm reviewing for you guys today.
It is expected that there will be a total of 5 omnibuses of The Breaker since they are 2-in-1’s. The first omnibus has 400 pages of content and it collects 15 chapters of the manhwa. I also want to mention that there's a sequel titled The Breaker: New Waves, which is currently on indefinite hiatus, but I'm hoping this is published physically in the future someday as well.
In terms of what The Breaker is about, the story follows Si-Woon, a high school student who is bullied and will do anything to to become stronger, and Chun Woo, a martial arts master who’s in hiding because an underground martial arts society called the Martial Arts Clan Union is after him. Because of this, he ends up taking cover as a substitute teacher. These two cross paths, one thing leads to another, and Chun Woo ends up training Si-Woon. While this story is very much about their relationship, it's also about their individual stories. There's other elements at play too since the The Breaker's story also involves an underground organization and the clans that exist within it.
I really love the two main characters and I am already connected to their stories. Chun Woo in particular adds a lot of humor to The Breaker. He’s always messing around and acting a fool, and he makes me laugh a lot, especially in his interactions with his coworker, Miss Bae, but when it’s time for him to get serious... You don’t want to mess with him. He has this duality to his personality that makes him really intriguing.
Si-Woon is also really likable. He never gives up and doesn’t take no for an answer. He may not be physically strong, but his will is and this makes him really relatable. I have a feeling that he is going to develop amazingly as a character and I’m looking forward to seeing him grow in the omnibuses to come.
You are also introduced to some members of the various clans as it gets more into the thick of things, so you’ll meet more interesting characters along the way as well. As these new characters are introduced, new challenges and conflicts also arise. The characters of The Breaker are strong and have me hooked so far, but I also enjoy the dialogue and the fights in the series.
The fights are easy to follow, extremely well-drawn, and are exciting; Mostly because of the techniques that are used throughout, but also because of the banter that occurs back and forth between the characters while they are fighting. The Breaker is humorous, but it gets serious as well, so it’s an extremely well-balanced series that's as fun to read as it is badass.
There’s a ton of action that occurs in the first omnibus, but there’s a lot of great build up as well that allows us to really grow connected to the characters. On top of all that, I really enjoy Jin-Hwan Park's art and style. You can feel the energy that's being exerted in his panels as well as the motion and he's an expert at conveying emotion as well.
After reading the first omnibus, I'm already hoping for an anime adaptation of The Breaker and I see why everyone says this series is so highly underrated. If you are a fan of stories that involve martial arts or underground organizations or you are into series like GTO (I’ve only read the first volume but I’m already getting similar vibes), this is one you definitely want to check out.
When I finish reading the whole series, I'll do another review of the The Breaker and let you guys know my thoughts on it overall, but from what I've read so far, it's off to a really strong start. It's one of my favorite new releases of 2021 along with titles like Fist of the North Star and Dai Dark, so it made a lasting impression and I can't wait to get the second omnibus.
If you want to check this one out, you can pick-up the first omnibus and preorder the second omnibus of The Breaker now on sites like Amazon and Right Stuf. If you want an all-around and inside look of The Breaker Omnibus 1, check out our review on YouTube below! We review a lot of manga on the channel and post weekly videos, so make sure you subscribe as well to be notified of new videos.