Top 10 Best Martial Arts Manhwa
Martial arts manhwa are a popular genre of Korean comics that feature stories of intense fighting, incredible skills, and powerful characters. If you’re a fan of martial arts, then you’ll definitely want to check out these top 10 best martial arts manhwa in 2023.
1. Legend of the Northern Blade
The Legend of the Northern Blade is a Korean webtoon series written by Woo-Gak and illustrated by Hae-Min. It is a completed series with 300 chapters, and has been published in book format by Seoul Media Comics (서울미디어코믹스) since March 25, 2021. It has been published digitally in English by bestmanhwa.net since February 25, 2021.
The story is set in a world where martial arts are commonplace, and follows the journey of Jin Mu-Won, the young heir to the Northern Heavenly Sect. Mu-Won’s father, the previous sect leader, was accused of treason and forced to commit suicide. Mu-Won himself was forced to live a life of isolation and poverty, but he never gave up on his dream of restoring the Northern Heavenly Sect to its former glory.
Gosu (The Master) is a South Korean manhwa written by Ryu Ki-woon and illustrated by Moon Jung-Hoo. It is a spin-off of the manhwa Yongbi the Invincible, and follows the story of Gang Yong, a disciple of Dokgo Ryong, the Supreme Overlord of the Murim. When Gang Yong’s master is betrayed and killed by the Four Heavenly Kings, Gang Yong vows to avenge his death. He trains for many years in seclusion, mastering his master’s martial arts techniques. When he finally emerges, he is ready to bring down the Four Heavenly Kings and restore order to the Murim. However, Gang Yong soon learns that the Four Heavenly Kings are already dead. They were killed by a mysterious man known as the “Gosu”. Gang Yong is determined to find the Gosu and learn the truth behind his master’s death.
3. The Breaker 3 (Eternal Force)
The Breaker: Eternal Force is the third part of the The Breaker manhwa series. It follows the story of Kang Ha-Jae, a high school student who is constantly bullied. One day, he is saved by Lee Shi-Woon, a mysterious upperclassman who is also a martial artist. Ha-Jae begs Shi-Woon to train him, and Shi-Woon agrees. Ha-Jae quickly learns the ways of the martial arts, and he soon becomes a powerful fighter. However, he also learns that the world of martial arts is not as simple as he thought. There are many different factions and clans, and they are all vying for power. Ha-Jae finds himself caught up in the middle of this conflict, and he must use all of his newfound strength to survive.
4. Return of the Mad Demon
Jaha Lee is a martial artist who dreams of becoming the God of Martial Arts. He is known for his ruthlessness and his willingness to do whatever it takes to win. However, his dreams are dashed when he falls off a cliff while running from the Demonic Cult for stealing the Jade of Heaven. Jaha dies, but he is not truly gone. He awakens from the fall to find himself back in his 20s, with all of his memories intact. With this second chance, Jaha is determined to fulfill his dream and become the God of Martial Arts. He will stop at nothing to achieve his goal, even if it means taking down the Demonic Cult and anyone else who stands in his way.
5. Reaper of the Drifting Moon
The story follows Pyo Wol, an orphan who was kidnapped and trained to be an assassin. After escaping from his captors, Pyo Wol sets out to find the people who ruined his life and get revenge. Along the way, he meets other assassins, thieves, and martial artists, and learns more about the dark side of the Jianghu, the world of Chinese martial arts. Pyo Wol is a skilled assassin with a cold and ruthless demeanor. He is driven by revenge, but he also has a strong sense of justice. He is willing to kill to protect the innocent, and he is always willing to help those in need.
The other characters in the story are also well-developed and interesting. So Gyeoksan is a former assassin who becomes Pyo Wol’s friend and ally. He is a skilled fighter and a talented musician. Seo Yuhang is a young woman who is also an assassin. She is kind and compassionate, but she is also very capable.
6. Swordmaster’s Youngest Son
The story follows Jin Runcandel, the youngest son of the Runcandel family, the most prestigious swordsman family in the land. Jin is a failure in the eyes of his family and clan, as he is unable to use the family’s sword technique. He is eventually banished from the family and dies a meaningless death. However, Jin is given a second chance at life when he is reborn as a child. He remembers his past life and vows to become the strongest swordsman in the world. With his memories, overwhelming talent, and a contract with a god, Jin sets out to achieve his goal.
Along the way, Jin meets many challenges, but he also makes many friends. He learns the true meaning of strength and friendship, and he eventually becomes the strongest swordsman in the world.
7. The Outcast Is Too Good at Martial Arts
The Outcast Is Too Good at Martial Arts is a South Korean manhwa written and illustrated by Taejoon Park. It is serialized on Naver Webtoon and has been collected into 13 volumes as of March 2023. The story follows the life of Jin Mucheon, a young man who is ostracized by his peers because of his poor martial arts skills. However, Jin Mucheon is secretly a genius martial artist who has mastered a powerful technique called the Golden Light Incantation.
One day, Jin Mucheon is attacked by a group of bullies. He easily defeats them, but his true identity is revealed. The bullies are shocked to learn that the weakling they had been picking on is actually a powerful martial artist.
8. Shark Wyvern
Hyun Woo-yong is a young man who is known for his fists. He is not afraid to stand up to anyone, no matter how big or powerful they are. This earned him the nickname “Shark” in his hometown of Boseong. However, his violent tendencies eventually led to him getting arrested and sent to juvie. After two years in juvie, Woo-yong is released and heads to Seoul. He is determined to turn over a new leaf and live a peaceful life. However, his past catches up to him when he is forced to defend himself against a group of thugs. In the process, he reveals his true strength and earns the respect of those around him.
Woo-yong decides to use his strength to help others. He becomes a vigilante, fighting against injustice and protecting the innocent. He soon earns the nickname “Wyvern” for his ability to take down powerful enemies.