Light thinks he’s put an end to his troubles with the FBI—by using the Death Note to kill off the FBI agents working the case in Japan! But one of the agents has a fiancée who used to work in the Bureau, and now she’s uncovered information that could lead to Light’s capture. To make matters worse, L has emerged from the shadows to work directly with the task force headed by Light’s father. With people pursuing him from every direction, will Light get caught in the conflux?

Death Note Vol 2

I love this series! Like several others have mentioned before, the relationship between Light and L is incredibly reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty; the cat and mouse game between the two of them is fascinating as the stakes are getting higher and higher!

The character development of Light is a real treat to explore as well; Light has gone from strictly killing criminals to killing anyone who gets in his way, even if they’re innocent. As a reader, I’m still torn over whether or not I want Light to be caught. It’s an interesting morality that’s woven into this series. Light is clearly not a good person, but I’m really enjoying him!

My only complaint, and the only reason why I didn’t give this second installment a full five stars, is that the portrayal of women in this series is weak. There are very few women in the series to begin with; the only women we regularly encounter are Light’s mother, sister, and a girlfriend from school. All three of these women are flat and two dimensional. There have been several references to women, in both the first and second volume, that imply to me that Light (or the author) have a pretty low opinion of women. However, we were introduced to a new female character in this second volume, Naomi Misora, that I am hopeful will play a larger role in the story-line; Naomi seems to have the potential to be a really strong and disruptive character to Light’s goals. However, volume 2 ended with the uncertainty over whether or not Naomi was alive. I’m hopeful that she lives!

All in all, I am very much enjoying this series! Onto volume 3!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Title: Death Note, Vol. 2: Confluence (Death Note #2)

Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC (2005)

Genre: Manga, Comics, Comic Book, Graphic Novel, Mystery, Horror

Read… over the course of an evening in between… bouts of hot yoga.

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Tsugumi OhbaAuthor: Tsugumi Ohba

Tsugumi Ōba (Profile in Japanese: 大場 つぐみ), born in Tokyo, Japan, is a writer best known for the manga Death Note. His/her real identity is a closely guarded secret. As stated by the profile placed at the beginning of each Death Note manga, Ōba collects teacups and develops manga plots while holding his knees on a chair, similar to a habit of L, one of the main characters of the series.

There is speculation that Tsugumi Ōba is a pen name and that he is really Hiroshi Gamō. Pointing out that in Bakuman the main character’s uncle was a one-hit wonder manga artist who worked on a gag super hero manga, very similar to Gamō and Tottemo! Luckyman in all aspects. Also that the storyboards drawn by Ōba greatly resemble Tottemo! Luckyman in style.

Illustration: Takeshi Obata

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