The final installment in the three-volume manwha that began with The Color of Earth and The Color of Water, follows Ewha, now a lovely young woman, and her still-young mother, as both wait for their respective missing lovers. Ewha’s Duksam flees the wrath of his former employer, Master Cho, and heads to the sea to seek his fortune so that he might return to marry his one true love. Ewha’s mother’s devotion for her itinerant painter salesman has only grown stronger as she patiently longs to see him walk through the gates once again.
This last installment of the otherwise exquisite trilogy wavers a bit with a too many flower analogies and the endless waiting the women endure. Watching the changing relationship between mother and daughter provides welcome relief, but ultimately, both women remain rather paralyzed until they get their men back. Not exactly the lesson we mothers want to impart to our too-quickly maturing daughters, I’d wager.
The highlight of the trilogy is no doubt Kim’s gorgeous black-and-white pencil drawings. The graphics are truly tremendous; admiring and appreciating the art alone proves a worthy pastime.
Parents beware … this is definitely for adults. The last chapter is entitled “The Bridal Night” with good reason … and the blushing couple are not exactly the only ones celebrating.