QBD Reviews: Death Note Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

9781421501680I loved this story, it’s so far beyond unique. I’ve not read anything like it and I need to know what happens next.

The artwork is amazing with a distinct style that hovers between gothic and gritty but with superb attention to detail and amazing line work. The writing style was entertaining with a voice that clearly belonged to Light, the main character. He is a very different character than I’ve ever read before and I don’t think I’ve come across a character like him yet. He struck me as a little bit of a sociopath because for someone so young he seemed to know exactly what he wanted to do with the Death Note.

If you love any kind of mythology, definitely give this a go. Shinigami, the Japanese mythological (or are they?) Gods of Death play a huge role in the story and are the catalysts for Light’s journey into the realms of possibility the Death Note brings him.

I was travelling through Japan whilst reading this so I feel like it had even more impact on me, and staying in the Shinjuku area in which the story takes place made it even more real as I could walk outside my hotel and see the intersections and buildings used in the illustrations. However, don’t let that put you off reading this if you don’t have the opportunity to read this in the place it’s set, Death Note is amazing no matter where you read it!

Neeeeeeed volume 2! Take my money!

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