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Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 9

by Hiromu Arakawa

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Ed, Al, and Winry return to Central Command only to be greeted with bad news. Lietuenant Colonel Maes Hughes has been murdered and the suspect is Second Lieutenant Maria Ross. Meanwhile, the living suit of armor bearing the soul of serial killer "Barry the Chopper" breaks out of jail and goes on a rampage. The mysterious Homunculi must come out of hiding to deal with the mess.… (more)

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It’s really hard to review volume 9 without giving out some major spoilers, so if this review is more vague than most I apologize. Volume 9 is a bit of a wake up call as Maes Hughes death finally comes to light for the Fullmetal Alchemist and his friends. They are devastated by the loss and blame themselves for dragging him into this mess in the first place. They have some tough decisions to face as a result and some real growth is shown here for both the boys and for Winry as well.

The events in this volume also highlight the animosity between Mustang and Ed. Combined with some looks back at the Ishvala campaign and the machinations of the homunculi makes this one of the saddest and most sinister volumes yet.

I really encourage you to read on even as the plot twists and characters turn around and stun you. Just like with every other volume, keep unwrapping that onion. There's always another layer underneath. ( )
  exlibrisbitsy | Oct 4, 2010 |
The repercussions of the visit to Laboratory Five continue, with increased violence. ( )
  slothman | Nov 5, 2006 |
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