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Death Note Black Edition, Vol. 1 Paperback – Dec 28 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (Dec 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421539640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421539645
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Born in Tokyo, Tsugumi Ohba is the author of the hit series Death Note. His current series Bakuman., is serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 Nigata, Japan, and is the artist of the widly popular SHONEN JUMP title Hikaru no Go, which won the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize: Shinsei "New Hope" and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga award. Obata is also the artist of Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayasturi Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G., and the smash hit manga Death Note. His current series  Bakuman is serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump.

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Format: Paperback
A thrilling reading experience.
Death Note is about a 17-years old high school Light Yagami who seeks justice by killing criminals with his death note book. This special notebook, which was dropped by a Death God, has the power to kill anyone by writing the name of that person on it and have the picture of that person's face on the writer's mind. Seeing as many criminals die all of the sudden, the police and detectives suspect that there is actually someone plot this criminal massacre. L, a very smart and mysterious 17 years old guy, joins the case and help the police finding the mastermind.

Read on to find out how L and the police solves the case!

About this Black Edition:
This new Black Edition puts 2 of the original Death Note volume into one, with a few bonus color page and bigger frame reading size. The book's cover and all the sides has black color which make it look real nice and unique on your bookshelve. Also, it's cheaper to buy this edition than buying individual volumes. I am very pleased with this edition's quality. I recommend anyone interested in the series buy this edition!
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 14 2011
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: The plot line had me sold on this one right away.

Wow! Wow! Wow! I was expecting a good story but I got a heck of lot more than I was prepared for. First of all, I was expecting a horror story and I guess, because of the supernatural angle, one could loosely term it horror. But when you get down to it, this is a wicked serial killer thriller with a supernatural element on the side. The serial killer's character and the detecting are much more the driving force of the story than the paranormal setting in which the story is based.

A bored Shinigami, God of Death, leaves a Death Note on the ground for someone to pick up. Light Yagami, brilliant ace student, is the one who does so and the notebook contains information upon its use. When a person's name is written in the book they will die. The human owner of the notebook is also able to see the Shinigami owner and Light and Ryuk become constant companions, as Ryuk is here to watch what happens to brighten his otherwise boring existence.

Ryuk, a creepy looking guy to say the least, has no powers that he is willing to use. He is not on Light's side, nor anyone's for that matter. He's simply a bystander, though he does give Light information now and then, at his own convenience. As Ryuk watches Light become both a serial killer and a mass murderer, killing first only criminals "who deserve to die anyway" and then killing more methodically to keep those who seek to track him down from finding him out, we become attached to his character. Light on the other hand, we watch descend into a pit of psychosis as the power he wields proves too strong for his character to bear. And then there is "L". The mysterious detective who is called upon occasionally to solve the unsolvable cases the police just can't solve.
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Format: Paperback
Manga is still a new art form to me, I'm more accustomed to the Comic Book format and just started dabbling into manga. I found this recently for cheap and of course I've still heard about Deathnote even if I wasn't into manga. I finally sat down and gave this a read and found that I loved it!

This book is a brilliant chess match between a young boy who stumbles upon a notebook capable of killing anyone as long as you picture their face and write their name down, and a genius shut in who spends his time solving the world's unsolvable cases. There is a very creepy looking fellow in the book which is basically a god and he's the one who dropped this magical notebook into the world. Though he takes a back seat to the creative criminal/detective storyline going on. The book is great in the way it already gives you how the crimes are being committed but keeps you hooked on HOW the shut in detective "L" is going to find out who the killer is.

If you're into crime stories this one is a great one. Wonderful crime story with the supernatural splashed into it.
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