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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0461-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. #10

By Sakura Eries     June 27, 2007
Release Date: November 21, 2006

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol.#10
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hiromu Arakawa
Translated by:Akira Watanabe
Adapted by:Jake Forbes

What They Say
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!

The Review
It's Team Mustang and the travelers from Xing versus the homunculi in an out and out fight across town! Barry the Chopper's deranged pursuit of his former body leads Mustang and his subordinates directly to the homunculus lair -- located beneath the military's Lab Number 3. There they encounter Lust, and a vicious battle to the death erupts in the underground labyrinth below Lab Number 3! Meanwhile, Ed's trip back to his hometown ends up taking him to the eastern desert where discoveries and an unexpected reunion await him.

I am very impressed with Arakawa's work in this volume. Chapters 38 and 39 are nonstop action. Her fighting sequences are excellently drawn and paced with the chasing/fighting splitting up into three separate directions at one point. And somehow in the midst of all the running around and homunculi blowing apart and regenerating, she also manages to thicken the plot and fit in some humor (mostly at the expense of Barry and Havoc) as well. I applaud her as a storyteller and an artist.

Colonel Mustang truly steals the show in these chapters. In addition to showcasing his combat skills and know how in his fights with Gluttony and Lust, Arakawa reveals just how good of a tactician he is when everyone's part in Mustang's elaborate scheme comes to light. Not only that, but his character really shines as he puts his life on the line to rescue his subordinates. His troops are more than willing to let themselves be sacrificed for his sake, but his actions in Chapters 38 and 39 clearly illustrate that he is not the type of leader that uses people as pawns. After reading this volume, I take back every awful thing I said about him after the Maria Ross flambe incident.

Extras consist of a story thus far summary and character lineup, Arakawa's goofy comic strip extras, and ads for other Viz media products.


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