“Bastard” is a psychological thriller and suspense manhwa written by Youngchan Hwang and illustrated by Carnby Kim. The story revolves around a deeply troubled and isolated high school student named Jin Seon. He lives with his reclusive father, who is a notorious serial killer known as “Bastard.”
Jin Seon’s life takes a dark turn when he accidentally discovers his father’s horrifying secret: a hidden room where his father commits his gruesome murders. Jin Seon is now faced with a terrifying choice – report his father to the authorities and face the consequences, or become an accomplice to his crimes by keeping the dark secret hidden.
Overwhelmed by fear, confusion, and a twisted sense of loyalty to his father, Jin Seon reluctantly chooses to keep the secret, allowing the killings to continue. However, as the story unfolds, he becomes entangled in a dangerous web of deception and violence, struggling to maintain his sanity and identity amidst the horrors surrounding him.
Things become even more complicated when a new girl, Kyun Yoon, transfers to his school and begins to take an interest in Jin Seon. Their interactions and the evolving relationship between the two add further depth and complexity to the narrative, as secrets begin to unravel and more dark truths come to light.
As the story progresses, “Bastard” explores themes of guilt, morality, family, and the consequences of one’s actions. The psychological tension intensifies as the line between good and evil blurs, leaving readers on the edge of their seats, anticipating the next twist in the plot.
“Bastard” gained immense popularity for its gripping storytelling, well-developed characters, and intense psychological themes. It is known for its ability to delve into the darker aspects of human nature and the complexities of the human mind. Like many psychological thrillers, “Bastard” contains mature and disturbing content and is recommended for a mature audience.