This time around: RULER OF THE LAND by Jeon Kuk-Jin and Yang Jae-Hyun.
Bi-Kwang Han has the potential to become the greatest fighter in the land - except that he's girl-crazy and more than a little childish. He stumbles upon Hwa-Rin, a beautiful and determined woman who - disguised as a man - is desperately searching for her grandfather, a man who happens to be the best fighter of the Establishment School. Hwa-Rin carries with her the Sword of the Flowers, a treasure of the land that is believed to be the key to finding the man she seeks - her grandfather.
It also touts the series' "realistic depiction of martial arts" and thought it sounded like something worth giving a chance. Well, you certainly got me.
First, Bi-Kwang is more than a little childish and girl-crazy - he's an entirely one-note character and that note is pervert. In the opening pages, when he's hitting on every girl in sight (including groping a few against their will), there seemed to be a little humorous potential there, but it quickly got old. It's relentless and boring after just a few pages. Hwa-Rin is the opposite side the coin, but she's just as one-dimensional - she's a brilliant sword-fighter, whose thoughts are basically all either "Where is grandfather?" and "Bi-Kwang is a pervert!" Again, it got old very quickly.
Along with these poor excuses for characters, we have mixed in dozens of thugs of various stripes and a lot of combat. The "realistic martial arts" supposedly depicted must be in a sequel, because the combat is about as realistic as a Dragon Ball episode, and these sequences are a poor excuse for a story, of which there is virtually none (aside from Bi-Kwang at some point accidentally became the disciple of Hwa-rin's grandfather, without realizing who he is, and may or may not know where the guy is now and some bad guys want the sword Hwa-rin carries, which belonged to him).
The art at least is competent, though unspectacular. It's in the style of its era, when many mangaka and manhwaga were copying the Shonen Jump house style. Some may find that nostalgically appealing, at least.
If you couldn't tell, I didn't enjoy this. Give it a hard pass.