The legendary kingdom of Yuldo is gone, destroyed by a ruthless army who were bent on ending Hong Gil-Dong's utopian dream. Now Yuldo is little more than a memory, its creator disappeared. But when a merchant's daughter is attacked by the Bright White Killers, she is rescued, to her surprise, by none other than Yuldo's creator (and his companion). Hong Gil-Dong has returned with a new mission: vengeance against those who brought his kingdom to its knees, destroyed
his people, and left him without a home, and the search for money to rebuild Yuldo. But returning the merchant's daughter safe and sound for the reward money proves more difficult than Hong and his companion ever expected.
Much of Utopia's Avenger is action-oriented, with plenty of battles in the first volume alone to keep the action-obsessed fan glued to the page. The battles, however, are not drawn out to their extremes (at least, not in the first volume). Instead, they help to establish the power of the main character, but also his arrogance. Hong often sends in his companion to do the dirty work while sitting on the sidelines and stepping in only when things turn for the worst. But this doesn't always work in his favor; Hong's arrogance makes him stupid and overly trusting, which both result in a less-than-ideal situation in the end of the narrative. The arrogance narrative is interesting, but it is also problematic because most of the book is spent showing uneven battles between Hong (and companion) and his various enemies. Future volumes, I hope, will establish a more reasonable antagonist for the hero.
If you're a fan of series like Naruto, then Utopia's Avenger is definitely for you. If not, then give this one a try anyway. It's high-octane fantasy manga and worth giving a shot.
To learn more about Utopia's Avenger, you'll have to do so on Amazon, since Tokypop has apparently shut down. Sad.