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best webtoon comics

Webtoons, the digital comics from South Korea, have exploded in popularity over the last few years. With their unique long-strip scrollable format, vibrant artwork, and addictive stories spanning every genre imaginable, it’s no wonder webtoons have captured the hearts of millions of passionate fans.

If you’re new to the world of webtoons, the sheer amount of content available can be overwhelming. To help you find the cream of the crop, here is my list of the 10 best webtoon comics that need to be on your reading list.

Action/Fantasy Webtoons That Pack a Punch

For those who love high-octane stories filled with intense action sequences and imaginative world-building, Korean webtoons have plenty to offer. These action/fantasy hits will leave you constantly hitting “scroll” to see what happens next.

Tower of God

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Tower of God Volume Three: A WEBTOON Unscrolled Graphic Novel (Tower of God, 3)
  • Hardcover Book
  • S.I.U. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 11/28/2023 (Publication Date) - WEBTOON Unscrolled (Publisher)

If you’re looking for a sprawling fantasy epic, Tower of God is arguably one of the most popular and iconic Korean webtoons. The intricate world-building and diverse characters have earned it a passionate fandom. The story centers around Bam, a boy who enters the mysterious Tower to chase after his friend Rachel.

To ascend the Tower, he must pass through each floor’s tests and face the other challengers inside.With its unique magic system and gorgeously realized landscapes, Tower of God almost reads like a Korean version of Lord of the Rings. It’s no wonder it was one of the first webtoons to receive an anime adaptation.

The God of High School

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The God of High School Volume One: A WEBTOON Unscrolled Graphic Novel
  • Park, Yongje (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 10/17/2023 (Publication Date) - WEBTOON Unscrolled (Publisher)

For martial arts fans, The God of High School delivers exhilarating fight sequences that seem to leap off the page. The vibrant manhwa artwork stylishly captures the impact of every punch and kick.The story brings together high school fighters from across Korea to compete in an epic tournament.

Protagonist Jin Mo-Ri is an affable goofball who undergoes an intimidating transformation whenever he enters the ring. The over-the-top martial arts battles are bolstered by mythological and supernatural elements that raise the stakes.

Noblesse

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Noblesse Volume One: A WEBTOON Unscrolled Graphic Novel
  • Son, Jeho (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 10/31/2023 (Publication Date) - WEBTOON Unscrolled (Publisher)

Noblesse has all the hallmarks of a classic action webtoon – secret organizations, powerful antiheroes, monstrous villains, and hard-hitting fights. The Noblesse of the title refers to Cadis Etrama di Raizel, an elegant but aloof vampire noble who awakens after 820 years of hibernation.

He must now adapt to the modern world while protecting humans from predatory clandestine groups.With its vampire premise and meticulously rendered action sequences, Noblesse brings an irresistible dark fantasy twist to the action genre.

Binge-Worthy Sci-Fi and Thriller Webtoons

If you’re a fan of sci-fi or mystery stories with complex mythologies, these gripping Korean webtoons will have you theorizing and puzzling for hours about what’s really going on.

Space Boy

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Stephen McCranie's Space Boy Volume 17
  • McCranie, Stephen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 11/14/2023 (Publication Date) - Dark Horse Books (Publisher)

Space Boy blends sci-fi, adventure, and romance into one emotional rollercoaster of a story. On a desolate post-apocalyptic Earth, Amy lives a quiet life with her android Oliver until she meets a mysterious boy from space. With twists and turns at every corner, Space Boy keeps readers constantly guessing where the unpredictable plot will go next.

Everything is Fine

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Everything is Fine Volume Two: A WEBTOON Unscrolled Graphic Novel (Everything is Fine, 2)
  • Birchall, Mike (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 10/17/2023 (Publication Date) - WEBTOON Unscrolled (Publisher)

In the small town of Jugeum-dong, strange things are happening. A mysterious sinkhole in the woods. Hallucinatory visions haunting the townspeople. Crows that circle in the sky, seemingly watching everything. But the local government insists that everything is fine.

This eerie thriller webtoon takes inspiration from classic series like Twin Peaks and Stranger Things. The creepy small-town atmosphere will leave you peering nervously at every panel, wondering when this false “normalcy” will finally crack.

The Horizon

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The Horizon, Vol. 1
  • JH (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 376 Pages - 06/20/2023 (Publication Date) - Ize Press (Publisher)

In a dystopian future, powerful beasts known as Kaiju have taken control and humans are driven to the brink of extinction. When a young boy discovers an enormous robot in an abandoned city, it sparks a journey across the Kaiju wasteland in search of a haven called The Horizon.

With its post-apocalyptic setting and giant monster battles, The Horizon is an action-packed thrill ride from start to finish. Stunning set-pieces and imaginative creature designs make this sci-fi manhwa a must-read.

Slice-of-Life and Drama Webtoons That Pull Your Heartstrings

While action-packed genre fiction dominates much of the Korean webtoon landscape, there are also numerous emotionally resonant titles focusing on contemporary characters and relationships. If you’re seeking a more grounded read, these engrossing dramas deliver.

True Beauty

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True Beauty Volume One: A WEBTOON Unscrolled Graphic Novel (True Beauty, 1)
  • Yaongyi (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 11/08/2022 (Publication Date) - WEBTOON Unscrolled (Publisher)

One of the most beloved romance webtoons, True Beauty follows Jugyeong, an insecure high school girl who uses makeup to transform her appearance and gain confidence around boys. What begins as a superficial makeover story gradually evolves into a surprisingly poignant look at learning self-acceptance.

While the gorgeous art and sweet love triangle are big draws, the relatable protagonist and her struggles with self-image resonate strongly with female readers. True Beauty compassionately imparts an uplifting message about inner beauty shining through.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty!

This fun and fashionable series also tackles themes of self-love and judgmental beauty standards. Kang Mi-Rae gets plastic surgery before starting university, hoping to finally be seen for who she is inside rather than her appearance. But rather than the fresh start she expected, she is shaken when her classmates taunt her as the “Gangnam plastic surgery monster.”

Although initially disheartened, Kang Mi-Rae eventually finds the courage to prove that she is more than just her looks. My ID is Gangnam Beauty! is a wonderfully affirming story, buoyed by a vivacious art style and lovable heroine that will steal your heart.

Your Letter

This melancholy slice-of-life drama focuses on two lonely individuals who find solace by communicating anonymously via handwritten letters. They open up to one another, sharing their innermost pains and private dreams without ever meeting in person.

But their anonymous correspondence takes an unexpected turn when feelings begin to develop between the two writers.Your Letter movingly explores the quiet heartbreak and fading connections caused by modern isolation. Readers quickly become invested in the relationship between the vulnerable leads brought together by a simple letter in a mailbox.

Trending Romance Webtoons You’ll Fall For

Lastly, romance reigns supreme in the world of Korean webtoons. From schoolyard crushes to complicated love triangles, these addictive storylines have inspired countless passionate online shippers. If you’re seeking to satisfy all your rom-com cravings, you can’t go wrong with these hugely popular titles.

True Beauty

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True Beauty Volume One: A WEBTOON Unscrolled Graphic Novel (True Beauty, 1)
  • Yaongyi (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 11/08/2022 (Publication Date) - WEBTOON Unscrolled (Publisher)

As mentioned above, this mega-hit series delivers a pitch-perfect blend of sweetness, humor, and heartfelt emotion to elevate it into a truly beloved romance classic.

Lore Olympus

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Lore Olympus: Volume Five
  • Hardcover Book
  • Smythe, Rachel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 400 Pages - 10/03/2023 (Publication Date) - Inklore (Publisher)

This stylish re-imagining of Greek mythology through a romantic lens has garnered a devoted following, with good reason. Transporting the gods of Mount Olympus to a modern metropolis, it chronicles the flirtatious encounter between the goddess Persephone and lord of the underworld, Hades.

With exquisite art, lush coloring, and charming updates on all your favorite mythological figures, Lore Olympus casts the Hades/Persephone relationship in an endearing new light.

SubZero

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SubZero Vol. 1 (1)
  • Junepurrr (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 328 Pages - 09/24/2024 (Publication Date) - Oni Press (Publisher)

Cem is an aloof “ice prince” whose cold persona intimidates everyone at his elite academy – everyone, that is, except the ever-optimistic Hazal.

She makes it her personal mission to befriend Cem and break through his frosty barriers to see the warm heart buried underneath.SubZero hits all the right notes of the “cold guy/plucky girl” trope with polished art and a sweet, slow-burn romance that pulls you in.

Siren’s Lament

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The Siren’s Lament: Essential Stories
  • Tanizaki, Jun'Ichiro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 09/26/2023 (Publication Date) - Pushkin Press (Publisher)

Lyra is cursed to lure men to their destruction with her irresistible voice – that is until she meets neurotic writer Ian, mysteriously immune to her deadly song. Finally able to carry on a normal friendship, these two damaged souls find themselves drawn together. Can Lyra truly trust someone with her dangerous secret?

Siren’s Lament blends elements of fantasy and romance into an emotionally resonant tale of two endearing people yearning to be accepted for who they really are inside.

Conclusion

The webtoons featured here reveal only a small sampling of the incredibly diverse, creative, and high-quality stories that Korean digital comics have to offer. Whether your tastes run more towards epic fantasy quests, spine-tingling sci-fi thrillers, bittersweet coming-of-age dramas, or fun and flirty rom-coms, Korea’s talented webtoon creators have got you covered. So get scrolling and start reading – your new webtoon obsession awaits!