Fullmetal Alchemist : Volume 18 Paperback
Illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa
Automail engineer Winry is captured and held hostage to force Edward to do her captor's bidding.
Hawkeye discovers the disturbing truth about President Bradley's son.
Our heroes have fortuitous and not-so-fortuitous reunions with old friends and enemies. And multiple intrigues and double-crosses ensue as some plot to save the world while others scheme to destroy it.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, chiefly Illustrations
- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date: 29/10/2009
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781421525365
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Review by exlibrisbitsy
The very first thing I noticed when picking up my copy of Volume 18 is how differently Ed is drawn on the cover. He is growing up! I also noticed throughout the volume that several of the characters are being drawn just a bit older than they were before. Many of their actions also belie their age with Winry and her enduring sunny view on things bringing up the rear, though even she grows quite a bit throughout the events that unfold in this volume.This volume also brings back some of the humor that we have been missing of late in the midst of all the serious subject manner. There were several moments that had me laughing out loud at the brother's antics and of course I loved seeing the interplay between the two of them and Winry whenever they meet up.Several new sinister discoveries are made and characters scheme and double cross each other throughout as things unfold and the dark plans of the homunculus' father threaten to succeed. There are also several new alliances made and some real growth from characters you might least expect it from. I love that about this series, even the most stereotypical among the players can reveal real depth and real change in Arakawa's capable hands. The question just remains, how will this all play out?