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Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg...and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders...even to kill. Except his powers aren't unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher's Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are...

Review:

"This manga inspired the popular series now airing on the Cartoon Network and captures the show's brand of mystical, action-packed adventure. Set in a steam-powered locale that isn't necessarily in our world, the series follows two teenage brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric — one bearing two cybernetic replacement limbs while the other's soul animates a cumbersome suit of armor. The two are government agents wielding prodigious abilities in alchemy who carry out the hazardous assignments issued by their handlers. Their exploits range from thwarting the machinations of a fraudulent and ambitious priest who abuses the faith of his oblivious flock to cunningly extracting an impoverished mining community from the exorbitant clutches of a corrupt official and dealing with a train-hijack situation that owes a serious debt to the film Under Siege. In a market glutted with too many like-minded efforts, Arakawa's work grabs readers and shakes them with simple yet eloquent visuals and a bizarre concept. To give away more would ruin the story, but the snippets of the brothers' origin hint at much darker things to come, and such portents herald fun in upcoming installments." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Born in Hokkaido (northern Japan), Hiromu Arakawa first attracted national attention in 1999 with her award-winning manga Stray Dog. Her series Fullmetal Alchemist debuted in 2001 in Square Enix's monthly manga anthology Shonen Gangan. ""Born in Hokkaido (northern Japan), Hiromu Arakawa first attracted national attention in 1999 with her award-winning manga Stray Dog. Her series Fullmetal Alchemist debuted in 2001 in Square Enix's monthly manga anthology Shonen Gangan. "

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emmejo, July 17, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
Edward and Alphonse are brothers who are also Alchemists; they can change and mutate matter into other forms. However they broke one of the most basic laws of their profession by attempting to raise the dead, and in punishment Al's spirit was confined to a suit of armor and Ed lost an arm and a leg, which he has replaced with metal prosthetics. The two brothers set out to find the Philosopher's Stone, which they hope will provide enough power to change them back to their true forms.

The characters are quite basic at this point, and the plot seems rather thin. The art is also basic, blocky, definitely not "pretty" and a bit rough around the edges. On the other hand, the character interaction is very good, and the characters themselves show promise. The plot may improve, and the setting is good.
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Fullmetalfan, February 27, 2008 (view all comments by Fullmetalfan)
I loved the book and I have been buying the rest of the series ever sinse. I would highly recomed it to any manga fan. I especialy like Edward and his constantly changing mood.
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mirokusgurl, June 9, 2006 (view all comments by mirokusgurl)
I would reccomend this to a person who is just starting to enjoy the wonders of graphic novels. It is very funny and has great plot twists. This manga is wonderful and I am still continueing to read the novels as they published. It includes the science of alchemy and the forbidden art of human transmutation. See what things a goverment will do make the philospers stone as Edward Elric the youngest state alchemist goes on his qwest to find the philospers stone, with his brother Alphose Elric to try to reverse the loss of edwards missing limbs and Alphonse's body. I again highly reccommend this to anyone that like the Japanese art of Manga.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781591169208
Author:
Arakawa, Hiromu
Publisher:
Viz Media
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Alchemy
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
CGN004050
Subject:
General
Subject:
Manga - General
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Manga
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Fullmetal Alchemist
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 5.74 oz
Age Level:
13-18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This manga inspired the popular series now airing on the Cartoon Network and captures the show's brand of mystical, action-packed adventure. Set in a steam-powered locale that isn't necessarily in our world, the series follows two teenage brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric — one bearing two cybernetic replacement limbs while the other's soul animates a cumbersome suit of armor. The two are government agents wielding prodigious abilities in alchemy who carry out the hazardous assignments issued by their handlers. Their exploits range from thwarting the machinations of a fraudulent and ambitious priest who abuses the faith of his oblivious flock to cunningly extracting an impoverished mining community from the exorbitant clutches of a corrupt official and dealing with a train-hijack situation that owes a serious debt to the film Under Siege. In a market glutted with too many like-minded efforts, Arakawa's work grabs readers and shakes them with simple yet eloquent visuals and a bizarre concept. To give away more would ruin the story, but the snippets of the brothers' origin hint at much darker things to come, and such portents herald fun in upcoming installments." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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