Friday, January 27, 2006

What I'm Reading

I generally don't read a lot of Manga but I will from time to time pick up something based on a recommendation. Such was the case with Death Note. This book is fantastic--it's a cat-and-mouse supernatural thriller but at it's heart there are some very big morality questions. Without ruining the story I can tell you it's about a Shinigami (Japanese death god) that intentionally leaves his Death Note (a notebook) in the mortal world. This notebook is found by a highly intelligent and motivated teen (Light Yagami) who with the help of the Shinigami learns of the book's power to kill anyone whose name he writes in it while picturing that persons face(all of this happens in the first 20 pages or so). Over the course of this comic Light experiments and learns the extent of the power the book possesses. In the process he also innovates new ways to use the book. It's all very clever, really.
Death Note is put out by Viz and there are currently 3 volumes available.


Chad Kinkle said...

Death Note! Yes! I heard about it a while ago but forgot the title. Can't wait to read it. I've asked a number of people about it, but no one could tell me the name.

Do you have plans to go to the NY Comic Con in February?

ADC said...

Ohhh, I love DeathNote. I began reading it about a year ago, downloading scanslations made by fans. But ever since Viz liscensed the series, the fanmade versions are hard to come by. Now I have to wait quite a while until the "legal" english versions come up to speed with the "illegal" translations.
But it's a good read nevertheless. The concept is great, and the storytelling is pretty tense.