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Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 12: 12/12/11

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa begins to reveal some of what makes the homunculi tick. We've seen in previous issues that they can change appearance and that Gluttony has an insatiable appetite as his name implies. Now, though, the true depths of their abilities comes to light.

Along with showing their abilities, Arakawa shows how driven they are. Something is coming to a head and it's making them bolder than they have been. Bradley no longer tries to hide his secret, implying that it's the least well kept secret in the government, a troubling revelation to Ed and friends who are trying to fix things!

As secrets are revealed, Winry learns the painful truth behind her parents' deaths. She gets the chance to take her revenge. It's a painful and tense, well done scene. While the equivalent scene in Brotherhood is just as dramatic, I prefer the pacing of Arakawa's artwork.

By this point in the series there is so much going on, I don't want to babble to much and reveal spoilers either to those reading the series or watching Brotherhood.

Suffice it to say, it's been the best manga series I've ever read and I will be emotionally wiped out when I reach the end.

Five stars.

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