Archive for September, 2010

Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys

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Once there was a slinkster-jamming slam-dunk band called the Goat Guys. Cherokee Bat danced and sang. Witch Baby pounded out the beat on her drums. Raphael Chong Jah-Love played the guitar, and Angel Juan Perez kept the rhythm on his bass. Soon they were a huge success. But with success came a bitter, dangerous power . . . and Cherokee knew it was up to her to save them all.

In Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys the story arc in the Dangerous Angels series continues. What started with Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby continues in this book with the kids now teenagers and the adults in the household all out of town filming a movie in South America. Naturally Cherokee, Witch Baby, Raphael Chong Jah-Love and soon even Angel Juan, who makes a reappearance, run into trouble.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 8

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In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his brother and himself… the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.

The raid on the Devil’s Nest becomes a slaughter, as government troops – led by the Fuhrer President himself, King Bradley – exterminate the half human forces of the Homunculus Greed. But will Ed and Al survive the battle unchanged? As Greed is sent to meet his maker, foreign travelers arrive in Amestris, having crossed the great desert form the eastern country of Xing. Their names are Mei and Ling, and they’ve come for the Philosopher’s Stone… and a secret even the Elric brothers never imagined…

Definitely a very dark beginning for Volume 8. After the huge plot twist at the end of Volume 7 the rest of the fall out occurs in the start of Volume 8. It’s very dark and very sinister and while some pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place many more questions remain unanswered. I also thought the soldiers at the beginning wondering who wasn’t human (the chimeras and Greed or the alchemists and King Bradley) was very illuminating of where things are in the series right now.

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