Sunday, June 25, 2006

Death Note Volume 6

Volume six of the ever-popular Death Note offers what we come to expect from the title: quality story-telling and smart, fast-paced action. This book brings events from the previous volume to a head, with some very exciting moments in terms of both plot and character development. I know it's been said that with the fifth volume, the authors kind of wrote themselves into a corner and everything changed. However, the way things were set up by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, things can return to how they were previously, and it seems that that's the most likely thing to happen in coming volumes. While the tone of the series did shift with the major event from the last book, the quality has been consistent nonetheless and the world created is as fascinating as ever, even with the shift in perspective. I wish I was as excited about other comics I read as I am about this one, particularly other genre books like superhero titles, but really, Death Note is a step ahead of most offerings. There are some exceptions, but for the most part, this is the creme a la creme.

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