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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-4215-1155-X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Death Note Vol. #10

By Julie Rosato     January 31, 2007
Release Date: March 06, 2007

Death Note Vol.#10
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Story by Tsugumi Ohba & Art by Takeshi Obata
Translated by:Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Adapted by:Tetsuichiro Miyaki

What They Say
With Near openly suspecting the new L of being Kira and sowing doubt in the hearts of the taskforce members, Light is once again forced to pass the Death Note on to another to take the heat off himself. But this time, Kira chooses a disciple from among his true believers.

With no way to contact his successor directly, Light must rely on his faithful follower's adherence to Kira's goals. Will this newest move bring Light's ideal world closer to reality? Or will losing control of the Death Note spell Light's doom?

The Review
By now Near has pretty much got everything figured out, and with the discovery of the fake rule he's even succeeded in creating suspicion among some members of the taskforce. Light's under serious scrutiny again and can no longer move openly at all, so he cuts Misa loose from her Deathnote and looks for a new disciple. It doesn't take him long; among Kira's supporters is Teru Mikami - an ambitious prosecutor with a creepy past who seems perfect for the job. Before long Kira's got a new spokeswoman, too, and she's a surprisingly familiar face! Light's new allies don't afford him the luxury of relaxation though - he's got even more acts maintain now and keeping Kira's killings in line with his goals isn't easy when Mikami's own fanatical nature surfaces.

Near, (with help from Mello), has clearly stepped ahead of Light but lacks the proof he needs. Familiar territory, to be sure; the question is, can he succeed where the original L failed? Light hasn't made any mistakes, but his opponents have proved exceeding formidable ever since the existence of the shinigami was discovered. It sure looks like Light is running out of places to hide - even if most of the world caters to his whims these days.

Death Note has had trouble maintaining a consistent intensity since (the infamous) volume seven. The suspense of the early volumes isn't gone, but is upstaged by the high stakes cards being played with increasing frequency -- the results a mixed bag. Most notable of the changes being ushered in are the new characters, or rather the need for them at all since they never represent fresh roles. This series has gone through several resets of varying degree already, and each time, rather than do things differently it has relied on the same devices. I find this to be where the manga falters most, although I have enjoyed its scope of complexity. I do think Death Note still has a few surprises left in it, but there is a feeling of desperation in the decisions here that could really ruin them. Turning towards the homestretch I'm still hooked enough to want to witness the final showdown, but I won't deny a part of me wishes it'd happened three volumes ago.

Text overlay continues to obscure large portions of art at times, but I know better than to hope for a change in these production elements so late in the series. On a positive note however, I've been impressed all along at how effective and engaging the voice of the script has been - a fact made all the more impressive when one notes the number of translators and adaptors this series has actually had. Perhaps it should rightfully be accredited to the strength of the original, yet for all the things that fans can find fault in these days, such consistency in so complex a series isn't one of them.


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