Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 13 Paperback
Illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa
Part of the Fullmetal Alchemist series
In the midst of a heated battle, Ed and Prince Lin of Xing are swallowed whole by the homunculus Gluttony.
Will they survive the depths of Gluttony's gullet like Jonah inside the whale, or has Al lost his brother for good? And the political power structure of the military may be irreparably shattered when Colonel Mustang confronts Fuhrer President King Bradley with his horrifying suspicion that Bradley is a homunculus!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date: 15/05/2007
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781421511580
- Paperback from £8.35
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Review by exlibrisbitsy
In unlucky volume 13 various characters together or on their own realize that in their arrogance, their hubris, they have done something that has unveiled to them just how unprepared they are and just how far in to really serious trouble they have gotten. The brothers along with the Prince of Xing attempt to capture and take down a homunculus only to seriously underestimate the depth of their power and the extent to which they have already gone to get what they want. Colonel Mustang also attempts to confront the military about the secret he has about King Bradley only to realize that the corruption and power Bradley has brought to bear is far more sinister than he ever could have imagined. And when May and Scar attempt to find her panda it is to discover the root of what feels so wrong with this country as their journey leads them to some horrific discoveries of what truly lies beneath Central.Even though this is by far one of the most dark and terrifying volumes (for the implications given alone, let along everything else) in the series Arakawa still manages to balance it with brief moments of lightness, even if the only ones laughing are the readers themselves. Ed's hot temper and over emotional moments continue to be hilariously drawn, and of course May's moments when she is free to give her version of events are very funny to read about as she elevates Al to level of monster and Ed is the "small pet" behind him.The entire tone of the series is changing as everyone is coming to the realization that things run far deeper and are far more sinister and evil than they could have imagined. Everyone begins to deal with the fallout as they realize just how powerless they are in this situation. Though just how deep things go and just what the homunculuses and their father are up to has yet to be revealed.