Okay, after last week’s shrunken manga release list, we were really hoping for many awesome titles. Unfortunately the exact reverse is true. This week is even smaller. There are three, count them, three books and they are all coming to us from Viz. I can give you a run down of all three, but I think we will wrap up this one with a review. The first and most interesting of the releases this week is Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 24 by Hiromu Arakawa. In this volume Hohenheim finally gets his chance to stop the mysterious homunculus ‘Father’ who rules over Central City. Will Hohenheim’s surprise be enough to defeat the most powerful homunculus of them all? And when King Bradley makes a triumphant return, will the battle turn in the military’s favor?
Next on my extraordinarily brief list is Dorohedoro Volume 3 by Q Hayashida. Yes Q. I’m almost positive his real name is Kyu, but let’s just leave it at that. While En seeks out a new partner with unique magic powers, his crew has a run-in with an underground organization that controls the distribution of ‘black powder,’ a magic-enhancing drug used by weaker Sorcerers. Meanwhile, Caiman and Nikaido spend New Year’s in the haunted mansion of a mysterious doctor who specializes in the anatomy of Sorcerers. The doctor reveals to them the only known portal to the Sorcerers’ dimension. Mmm, black powder. I’m sure there is a very specific kind of “magic” these weaker Sorcerers cast. And I’m sure it’s very explodey. Continue reading