Hissing (manhwa)

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Hissing
Hissing v1.jpg
ICEkunion edition of Hissing
히싱
Genre
Author Kang Eun-young
Publisher South Korea Seoul Cultural Publishers, Inc.
English publisher Canada United Kingdom United States Yen Press
Canada United States ICEkunion (former)
Magazine South Korea Wink
Collected volumes 6

Hissing (히싱 Hi-sing) is a Korean manhwa series written and illustrated by Kang Eun-young. Originally serialized in the magazine Wink, Hissing was later released in 6 volumes between January 2004 and August 2005 by Seoul Cultural Publishers, Inc. ICEkunion licensed the series for an English release and published 3 volumes, but was absorbed into the Hachette Book Group USA's graphic novel imprint Yen Press. Yen Press continued to release Hissing, and the final volume was made available in March 2009. Western critics gave the series mixed reviews, with its art and storytelling both criticized and applauded.

Media[edit]

Hissing, written and illustrated by Kang Eun-young, was published in Korea by Seoul Cultural Publishers, Inc.[1] The manhwa was serialized in the magazine Wink and collected into 6 volumes.[1][2] Hissing's serialization in Wink ended in the magazine's August 2005 issue, published on July 15, 2005.[3] Seoul Cultural released the first volume on January 15, 2004 and the final volume on August 11, 2005.[4][5] Publisher ICEkunion acquired the rights to publish the series in North America and proceeded to release the first three volumes between June 2006 and February 2007.[6][7] ICEkunion was later absorbed by Yen Press, a graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group USA. Yen Press inherited ICEkunion's entire catalog and subsequently resumed publishing Hissing under their label.[8][9] Their distribution rights for the series extended to the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.[10] Yen Press released the remaining volumes of Hissing between July 2008 and March 2009.[1]

Volume list[edit]

No. Korea release date Korea ISBN North America release date North America ISBN
1 January 15, 2004[4] ISBN 8953248639 June 2006[1] ISBN 978-89-527-4463-0
2 May 17, 2004[11] ISBN 8953252024 September 2006[1] ISBN 978-89-527-4495-1
3 August 28, 2004[12] ISBN 8953255465 February 2007[1] ISBN 978-89-527-4700-6
4 January 1, 2005[13] ISBN 8953258596 July 2008[1] ISBN 978-0-7595-2883-3
5 April 25, 2005[14] ISBN 8953261325 November 2008[1] ISBN 978-0-7595-2884-0
6 August 11, 2005[5] ISBN 8953264693 March 2009[1] ISBN 978-0-7595-2885-7

Reception[edit]

Hissing has received mixed reviews from Western critics. Patricia Bear of Mania gave the fourth volume an overall grade of "B+", and recommended it as a "lovely and moving story". Beard praised how "EunYoung Kang [sic] gives her characters the time and space to show what they're experiencing rather than telling the readers of the romance as a statement of fact", which she felt allowed "the irrationality of love" to be "believable".[15] Beard went on to say that the art had flaws, but could be "very beautiful and expressive", and that leaving out backgrounds in some scenes "[emphasized] the emotional experience and reflection of the character".[15] However, Library Journal's Krista Hutley did not recommend the series. She noted that "poor dialog, hard-to-follow viewpoint shifts, and "mysterious" plotting" caused attempts to "build suspense" to "fail".[16] Hutley also criticized that the "two male leads [were] confusingly indistinguishable from each other".[16]

Michelle Smith reviewed volumes four through six for PopCulture Shock. Volumes four and five were collectively rated with a "B"; Smith wrote that though she disliked the first volume, the series "grew" on her and that flaws in the series "grow less glaring with time".[17] The sixth and final volume of Hissing was graded with a "B+". She commented that it was a "very satisfying" final volume, with "a good balance between humorous and more emotional moments".[18] She stated that the "only complaint [she] could make [was] that Sun-Nam’s irritating brothers made it all the way through the series without contributing much of anything to the story".[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hissing by Kang EunYoung". Yen Press. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ 윙크 11월 1일자 (in Korean). Wink. Archived from the original on August 14, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ 8월 1일자 윙크 (in Korean). Wink. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b 히싱 1권 (in Korean). Wink. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b 히싱 6권(완결) (in Korean). Wink. Archived from the original on August 14, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ EunYoung, Kang (June 2006). Hissing, Volume 1. Canada: ICEkunion. ISBN 978-89-527-4463-0. 
  7. ^ EunYoung, Kang (February 2007). Hissing, Volume 3. Canada: ICEkunion. ISBN 978-89-527-4700-6. 
  8. ^ "Answer for Manhwa Readers". PopCulture Shock. Archived from the original on July 5, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ Alexander, Matthew (October 12, 2009). "Interview with Kurt Hassler of Yen Press: A Sit Down With Company Founder". Mania. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ EunYoung, Kang (November 2008). Hissing, Volume 5. United States: Yen Press. ISBN 978-0-7595-2884-0. 
  11. ^ 히싱 2권 (in Korean). Wink. Archived from the original on August 14, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ 히싱 3권 (in Korean). Wink. Archived from the original on August 14, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  13. ^ 히싱 4권 (in Korean). Wink. Archived from the original on August 14, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  14. ^ 히싱 5권 (in Korean). Wink. Archived from the original on August 14, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Beard, Patricia (April 28, 2008). "Hissing Vol. #04". Mania. Retrieved June 30, 2008. 
  16. ^ a b Hutley, Krista. "Xpress Reviews—First Look at New Books". Library Journal. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  17. ^ Smith, Michelle (April 28, 2008). "Manga Minis, 2/23/09". PopCulture Shock. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b Smith, Michelle (March 30, 2009). "Manga Minis, 3/30/09". PopCulture Shock. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 

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