Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 12

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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.

The hunters become the hunted when the Elric brothers and Prince Lin set a trap for the homunculus with the insatiable appetite – Gluttony! On another front, state politics are shaken up when a horrifying truth about Fuhrer President King Bradley is revealed – and Colonel Roy Mustang is right there to capitalize on the situation.

New truths are learned about the power of the homunculuses, both in strength and in just how far their reach goes. It turns out things are even more sinister than originally thought. And who would have thought that? The power and strength of alchemy as a result also is being re-evaluated. How much is the alchemy and how much is just the people that wield it?

As far as horrendous acts are concerned with the horrible military experiments and the war in Ishbala the humans involved have some tough lessons to learn about changing and enduring, about vengeance and forgiveness. There are flashbacks involving these themes throughout and I appreciated how the art in these frames differed and made it clear that they were flashbacks both with the coloring in the frame and the way the speech bubbles were drawn that made it immediately obvious what was going on.

The kids also are really growing up in this one. They take an active role in trying to find answers to their questions and attempt to solve their own problems. They are determined to try and not get any more people involved for fear of their safety. They also take responsibility for things when they go awry and are determined to work to try and make things right.

One Response to Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 12

  1. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)
    4:41 pm on October 25th, 2010

    I love the illustrations in this book – they’re a cool style.

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