Death Note Black Edition, Volume 1

Death Note Black Edition, Volume 1

by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421539645
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Series: Death Note Black Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 30,824
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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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Death Note Black Edition, Volume 1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
Words cannot describe how much I love this story!!!! Brilliant!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best manga I have ever read! Suspenseful and will keep you wanting more. Learn from my mistake and buy ALL of the series instead of just buying one.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A wonderful manga volume - it starts out typically, but quickly turns into a master detective vs master Criminal cat and mouse game. Nice graphics, fast paced story line, I immediately went out to by the next volume.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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. No one knows his real name, nor have they ever seen him, until now. "L" always gets his man and this time he takes on a small police task force and together the police do the legwork while "L" matches wits with Light to try and find the one mistake he has made that will let "L" capture him.An absolutely awesome thriller. I'm even more excited to have found this series now knowing it is a detective/serial killer/thriller more than a horror story. I am very interested in the three main characters. There is a lot of room for them to grow and expand and whether they stay on their current good/evil/neutral paths is something I am pondering. My favourite character at the moment is Ryuk. Yes! The god of death, can you believe it? He is actually quite funny and his ugliness grows on you by the end of the book. This is a must read for manga fans. A classic!
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It¿s my experience that, although short and easy to read in one setting, a good manga will force the reader to slow down and savor the story, not just through the words but through the graphics.It wasn¿t the graphics that slowed me down with Death Note, however, but that doesn¿t mean that it wasn¿t a ¿good¿ manga. What made this one different from others I read was the engaging, frightening social aspects of the story. While I could understand what Light¿s intentions were at the beginning of the story, as he became more and more embroiled in what he was doing I became more and more tortured inside. And then there¿s the emergence of L ¿ the counterpart to Light.I thought I would dislike L, but as this game of chess continues through the story I am growing to enjoy him more and more. I am really excited to continue the story in the next two volumes and to find out the conclusion (I hope!) of this puzzling, exciting and fascinating story.Volumes 1 & 2 of the Black Edition of Death Note are fantastically bound and really bring the story together in a more cohesive manner than picking up four separate books of the story. I felt as if I was actually reading novels rather than graphic novels which I appreciated.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should I read this? I've heard of this many times before but I'm not sure if it's a good read. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter has been wanting these books and was thrilled to find out they were essentially a double-issue and so were well worth the money.
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AnimeRpLover More than 1 year ago
This is a very good read if you enjoy some of what I would call darkness/horror. It's not horrible but I liked pieces and my sister loves it and the series. She's a big fan as it was a gift for her. It arrived quickly and on time and in new condition ^_^ She enjoys it and loves it so it is a good read if it's in your likes of a dark anime. -nods-
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crazyminnie131 More than 1 year ago
Wow. That is pretty much all I can say. My friend gave this to me for my birthday because she loves it and wanted me to read it. I think it is a good manga, despite crazy Light who goes around killing criminals to "save the world and make it a better place." This all started when he found a "death note" that a shinigami(death god) dropped on the earth. I won't spoil it for you that haven't read it. So if you are intrigued by crazy maniac killing then this is for you, but if you're not...then back away very slowly from the shelf and forget you even thought about buying it. :) But personally, I thought it was good and want to get the next one asap!
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
When you die, I’ll be the one writing your name down. The older I get, the harder it is for me to find a comic series that can hold my attention. Death Note completely overwhelmed me with it’s clever plotting, reveals and excellent artwork, so when I spotted the Black Edition I snapped them all up! Since I don’t own the previous version, I can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure the Black Edition is slightly larger and contains some new color pages at the beginning. Not to mention it contains two books, coming in around 400 pages and has a sweet cover with black painted sides. It’s a sharp looking set when you put them all side-by-side (except for How to Read #13 which is smaller, and white - Boo!). The anime is also good, but I enjoy the artwork from the Manga much more, Obata is wonderful with expressions (Check out the introduction of L on page 260). My favorite thing about this series is the story. It’s very strong, original, and extremely well thought out. If you like details and smarts, this is the series for you!
KiraTheSavior More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing! I loved it. I finished in a day because I couldn't put it down. Now I am completely obsessed with Death Note and I can not wait until my next trip to the bookstore so I can get volume two. I have just started watching the TV show for death note and I also love it, as much as I love the book. I find that it was smarter for me to get the black edition because it has 2 books in one so you don't have to go to the bookstore twice. Or whatever. I'm really glad I chose this instead of a vampire book. Also, I loved this book even more because my name is Kira!