Title: Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 2
Author: Hiromu Arakawa
Book #: 2nd of Series
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publish Date: July 5th 2005
Date Read: October 16th 2013
Rating: ★★★★★ / out of 5
Bloodshed begets bloodshed. Hatred begets hatred.
There are many types of alchemy in the world. Edward's commanding officer, "Flame Alchemist" Roy Mustang, can control fire. Shou Tucker, the "Sewing-Life Alchemist," specializes in the most difficult alchemy of all...biological transmutation, the ability to alter the tissue of living things. But no matter what their power, alchemists are still human. And when a mysterious killer begins stalking state alchemists, no one can escape his vengeance...
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
Again, this manga is amazing! This series is definitely my all time favorite manga series.
In this installment, not only do we learn more about the Elric brothers and alchemy, but we also meet a serial killer who is hell-bent on removing all state alchemists from the world. Though we do not discover too much about him, it is obvious that this is not the last Ed and Al will meet him.
We see a huge contrast between the brothers, who use their knowledge of alchemy for the better using ways that do not harm innocents, and another alchemist we meet in this volume, who is willing to take more disturbing extremes to achieve his goals. While I could say that he got what he deserved by the end, it really didn't fix the terrible mess he made and I felt no real justice was brought to the ones he harmed in the process.
Like always, this book is fulled with humor. It is one of my favorite aspects of this series.
Overall, I really love this manga and would recommend it to any and all! Especially if you are new to manga. I feel this is a great place to start.
Riza: Without his Alchemy he's just...
Jean: A little brat who swears a lot
Maes: An arrogant pipsqueak
Roy: Useless. Just useless
Alphonse: Sorry big brother, I don't know how to add to that...
Ed *starts to cry*: YOU'RE ALL PICKING ON ME!!!
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