Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 10

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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 and his brother’s bodies… the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.

Barry the Chopper, the psychopathic killer whose soul is encased in a suit of armor, has been captured by Colonel Mustang’s troops. Fearing he will reveal the Philosopher’s Stone conspiracy, Gluttony and Lust decide to kill him, using Barry’s own original soulless body to track him down! Though Colonel Mustang has anticipated their moves and set up an ambush, Gluttony and Lust prove too powerful and easily fight their way through to Barry, who is being protected by Al and Lieutenant Hawkeye. In a terrible battle, a badly injured Colonel Mustang sacrifices all in a last-ditch attempt to stop Lust!

In Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 10 the whole volume is filled with surprises as the plot does another twist revealing new surprises and new information on the homunculi. I also noticed in this volume for the first time how old Edward has gotten, especially in his picture on the cover. He has been drawn very believably growing older and growing up throughout the series. The plot thickens and things get complex as you are trying to figure out who knew what when but Arakawa keeps you engaged and keeps the plot explanations from getting too out of control with skill.

She also keeps the plot from getting too bogged down in action sequences and gore and complex story lines with moments of lightness and humor. Hitting just that right tone is something she manages to deftly handle throughout the series, but I thought there were several sparkling moments in particular in this volume.

There were of course some very sad moments as well. Characters experience loss and receive horrible news or come to terrifying conclusions as the story unfolds. At the end of the day its still not clear who will ultimately come ahead. But two things are clear: one, these are still boys who want more than anything to have their original bodies back, two they do not want to have anyone else get hurt in that quest and will do anything to ensure that.

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