*UPDATED on Wednesday, April 4, 2018:
“Joanna is a mid-twenties office girl who likes social media and watered down coffee. While griping about her love life, she accidentally swiped right on a whole Pantheon of Gods and Goddesses! Looking to fulfill an ancient prophecy, only one of them will be able to claim Joanna as their own… after a nice dinner, that is!”
“Blessed” is a weekly webcomic I discovered on LINE WEBTOON when I was searching for comic related apps on my phone. “Blessed” is created, written and illustrated by M. Victoria Robado, and she is an Argentinian artist & comic creator of everything cute! The Line Webtoon app is free to download on the App Store or on Google Play. The best part is that all of the comics featured on this app are free to read, and they’re categorized nicely into the different genres they fit in to. From drama to fantasy, or comedy, action, romance, slice of life, superhero, thriller, sci-fi or sports, Line Webtoon has a genre for everybody to enjoy!
One of the first titles to grab my attention on Line Webtoon is this series called, “Blessed.” The description sounded interesting and the artwork looked amazing, and the latest chapter is currently on episode 25 (new episodes appear every Friday), so catching up on this series wouldn’t take long. This, and I’m a fan of well-written dramas/love stories, so “Blessed” was right up my alley. The first episode introduces the readers to the protagonist, Joanna Bellmann, she’s twenty years old, and works for #IT Magazine…”The Best Resource For the Dating Scene In Willemen City.” Joanna is in charge of the social media department because she is the best at the internet. Readers will get a glimpse of Joanna’s work ethics…and how she feels about seeing so many happy couples on social media, and how lonely she is considering she’s the best at dating advice on social media. After reminiscing past relationships, Joanna decides it’s time to download THAT dating app. After swiping a few awful profiles, she has a match! What happens next is what sets this series up for a thrill ride!
Episode one ends here, but the story comes into fruition beginning with episode two, and readers will be introduced to the remaining seven characters. They are seven gods and goddesses from various realms of the universe who posses powers beyond imagination. Their purpose is to fulfill an old prophecy: “The single offspring from the union of a god and a human will become the ultimate ruler of the universe.” This is where the dates with Joanna comes in, the seven gods and goddesses will date Joanna, treat her to dinner, learn about her, and shower her with gifts. Joanna has to choose one after all these dates, and she can’t back down because by swiping the profiles on the app, this became a legally binding contract. This is why it’s important to read the “Terms of Service” with any app that you download…you never know what you’re getting yourself into.
Who will Joanna date first? How will that go? With all this going on, how will she deal with the stresses of work, and worse…her boss! Download the app and read this series to find out the answers to these questions and more! But first, here are some profiles of the seven gods and goddesses (personalities and traits will be revealed as more of these episodes are released, it’s still ongoing).
Alex: His real name is Blexz (pronounced BH’LE), but because Joanna can’t pronounce it, she decides to call him “Alex.” Transforms into an adorable kitty to get Joanna’s attention…but she hasn’t noticed him in his cat-form (yet). Alex seems to get kicked in the face a lot by Joanna…
Alvos: He is the Great God of Destruction. He also doesn’t like not getting his way…
Avusavia: She’s the Goddess of the Fifth Realm. She’s the smartest deity that Joanna will ever meet. While controlling the universe is quite a task, Avusavia is not interested in deciding individual destinies. The pursuit of knowledge is her drive, and she will use her power to harness all the knowledge available. “For true power only comes from absolute enlightenment!”
Daeriel: As this series continues, more will be revealed about Daeriel, but how trustworthy is she?
Traïr: Traïr is an interesting character, as he’s two Gods cast into one body. Traïr is also Tavin, the Gods of Duality, they are from the Eleventh Realm, the twin sons next to the throne. Tavin was cast into Traïr’s body because Traïr is the onlt one who can contain him. Tavin likes to party, drink, and call people “bro,” whereas Traïr is the complete opposite. Their hairstyles are significantly different also, considering they share the same body.
Xatys: He is the deity of balance. He is always in the middle. Always the mediator. Always bringing back balance. Xatys is quiet, he only speaks when deemed necessary. But don’t mess with his flan, as this dessert is the one thing that makes him happy.
Zidabe: He’s the God of Kyutrea, also known as the third realm. He commands an entire army of one hundred thousand souls, decided to discipline the unworthy. Those who do not follow their path are stricken by their fists. The path of hedonism and delight, where they will all bask in glory. By fulfilling the prophecy in his favor, Zidabe will extend his power beyond all dimensions.
Twenty-five episodes in and only one date left, this series is highly enjoyable. The mix of drama, comedy, romance, and emotions are well written per episode. The artwork is beautifully illustrated, and the characters are ones that readers will definitely care about!
Overall, this series is fun to read, and Fridays can’t get here quick enough so we can read the next episode! “Blessed” is a series that will do great in this new year of 2018, and creator M. Victoria Robado is an artist to keep your eyes on, her works of art are not to be overlooked, and this series proves it! Twenty-five episodes in, I rate “Blessed” 4.8 Geek-Heads out of 5, I highly recommend this series to any comic book reader!
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