By now, everyone is familiar with what WebToon is. And as a long-time user of the app, I can safely say that I’ve discovered some of my favorite comics/graphic novels thanks to it. There is a ton of variety, you can support artists directly or through the Fast Pass system and it’s just easy to use.
And that’s a double-edged sword. Because it’s so user-friendly and engaging, it is extremely binge-worthy. You will just be scrolling through the library casually and next thing you know, you’re 92 chapters into a story about Greek Gods After Dark (Lore Olympus fans, hands up!). And it is through one of those binging sessions that I discovered my current obsession: Morgana And Oz by Miyuli and Eunice Baik.
Miyuli is a prominent figure in the Instagram Artist community, being highly regarded for both her beautiful art style and for how she’s always sharing helpful art tips to help other budding artists. She had been teasing her followers for years now with character sketches of her original characters (OC) that included a tall but shy witch and a small but angry vampire. And those later became our titular characters!
Meet The Coven!
Morgana Winterberry comes from a long, proud line of witches. The Winterberry coven is known across the land as being the protectors of humankind. Though Morgana is older than her magically astute brother, Mordecai Winterberry, her powers are too unstable and weak to depend upon. So, she’s struggling to find her place in the grand scheme of things.
Enter Oz, an angsty, prickly vampire who is part of a rival Vampire clan the Winterberry’s suspect of abduction and other crimes. The two have a chance meeting thanks to a truce meeting gone wrong and supernatural hijinks ensue!
This isn’t a ‘fall in love at first sight situation, which I greatly appreciate. The main plot is a conflict between the witches and a rival vampire clan, with Morgana’s grandfather (who has gone missing) and mother at the helm of a truce. And Oz, who blames the Winterberry family for the death of his own, ends up being part of the security detail that accompanied the Vampire head during negotiations when things go array.
Charming but clumsy Morgana interacting with a sourpuss (Get it?) Oz was already funny enough, but it gets doubly so when she can’t control her powers and ropes Oz into an adventure where they both take on a supernatural mystery that has haunted the peace talks between the witches and the vampires. Both characters are drawn so well, and the banter between them is dynamic and entertaining. Even now, it’s pretty much a slow burn. Will we get a quiet friendship? A more blooming romance? Either way, they work insanely well together. And I always love a good ‘opposites attract’ trope which this WebToon delivers on.
Morgana And Oz: Final Verdict
The story art is obscenely cute, with lots of dark academia and punk features set in a relatively quaint and adorable art style. The characters are well thought out and their interactions with each other are super engaging. The story is well written, and everything has this air of magical intrigue, but with a touch of sweetness and then a promise of something darker going on in the background. So, it’s up to Morgana and Oz to get out of the paranormal web they’ve weaved themselves into.
If you’re looking for a Saturday morning read, I highly recommend this series. What WebToons have you been into? Are there any you’d recommend we look at? Let us know in the comments!