Title: Death Note Vol. 1: Boredom (Goodreads)
Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Illustrator: Takeshi Obata
Series: Death Note #1
Published by: VIZ Media LLC in April 2004
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?
BoredomLight tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?
I enjoyed this manga very much. More than I thought I ever would or could enjoy a manga. Even though some parts of the conversation in this book are a little cheesy sometimes, I enjoyed the story in general. It’s quite mysterious still and at the end you are left with a cliffhanger. I definitely plan on picking up the sequels some time, the fact that there are so many just puts me off a little. I can always fall back on the TV show because I’ve heard there is one out.
I think for people who are like me and who don’t really know what they can expect from a manga and just want to try it out, Deathnote is a very nice series to start with.