Death Note, vol. 1
By Tsugumi Ohba, art by Takeshi Obata
Light Yagami is a serious student, studying for his college entrance exams, until he finds the Deathnote. This curious notebook was dropped in the human world by a Shinigami Death god. If someone writes a name in the notebook while thinking about what that person looks like, that person dies.
Light recognizes the amazing opportunity the Notebook presents- he can rid the world of evil!
As Light proceeds to kill off criminals, he mystifies the authorities who consider him to be a murderer. They suspect a student is behind the strange deaths, and send the legendary detective L out to track him down- a man that no one has ever seen, so Light has no way to get rid of HIM via the Notebook.
Since Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency, he can hack into his father's computer at home and glean information about more criminals and elude detection.
But how long can he stay ahead of the law?
The artwork in this graphic novel is not to be missed, especially the wild depiction of the Shinigami...
(Booktalk by Kathy Caldwell, Woodward Middle School Library)
Last Updated: January 15, 2008