Kirsten's Reviews > Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom

Death Note, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
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Aug 20, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: from-library, manga, graphic-novels, fiction, spec-fic
Read in August, 2008

This is an intriguing premise: a Death God has purposefully dropped his Death Note, a notebook that allows the bearer to sentence anyone to death simply by writing their name in the book. A young man named Light picks up the book, and after a few false starts, embarks on a mission to kill all of the world's most notorious criminals and create a utopia. Interpol, however, considers the deaths to be the act of a serial killer, and a mysterious supersleuth known only as "L" is brought onto the case.

I enjoyed the art, and like I said, the premise is intriguing, but I wasn't entirely satisfied with the overall execution. There is very little complexity to the plot thus far, and the way the author continues to add on additional rules regarding the use of Notebook feels like slapdash writing instead of trickiness on the part of the Death God. I think I'll give the next volume a chance, but I don't really anticipate getting super into this series.

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