Manga Review: Black Clover V 5 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump


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Asta’s rescue from the terror group Eye of the Midnight Sun is anti-climatic. I was kind of bummed. The Wizard King swoops in and BOOM! That was the end of that. All but one of the terrorists escapes, and now Julius Novachrono, the Wizard King, has a another mystery to solve. What is that jewel-encrusted slab in the terrorists’ possession?

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Manga Review: Black Clover V 4 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump

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With the awards ceremony, and the rude reception by the other Magic Knights, abruptly interrupted by an attack on the capital, the warriors get down to the business of repelling the attack. Zombies have descended on the populace, animated by disgraced Magic Knight Rades. He has a huge grudge against his former companions, so he’s up and joined forces with a group intent on destroying the Clover Kingdom.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #3 by Hiromu Arakawa


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Edward, Al, and Armstrong are on their way to the boys’ hometown so Ed’s auto-mail can be repaired after his arm was destroyed in the fight with Scar. I enjoyed this lull in the tense drama of the series. Their hometown is isolated and idyllic. Pinako and Winry helped them after they dabbled into forbidden alchemy, and it’s obvious that there is a great deal of affection between all of them. These chapters are also a great opportunity to catch your breath, because the rest of the volume is one shocking revelation after another, followed by lengthy fight sequences.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #2 by Hiromu Arakawa

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As Edward and Al continue their quest to get their original bodies back, they encounter danger, and see how far a desperate alchemist will go to keep his license.

This volume broadens the examination of the dark side of alchemy and the theory of equivalent exchange. What is the life of young girl worth, when her father has run out of options in his research? When he does the unthinkable, Edward realizes how close to the edge of darkness he came during his efforts to perform forbidden alchemy. Does it matter that he only wanted to see his mother again? When you look at what he lost, his brother’s body, as well as his arm and leg, for what he got, a lump of flesh that couldn’t even be called human, the price seems steep indeed. The whole system is rigged to so that the truly power hungry are willing to sacrifice the unthinkable to bend the rules. Alchemy can do so much good, but in the hands of the wrong person, it can corrupt absolutely.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

 

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I am rereading these; I don’t think I ever finished reading the series. Grabbed the first 9 volumes at the library (it was easier than digging through boxes to find my copies!). I love the concept of equivalent exchange and that magic has a cost. In order to get something through magic, you must be able to sacrifice something equally as valuable. When Ed and Al try to bring their mother back from the dead, their sacrifice isn’t nearly enough to revive her. Al loses his body, and Edward loses a leg. In order to get his brother back, Edward must sacrifice his arm; all he gets in return is Al’s soul, which he bonds to an empty suit of armor.

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#Zombies Review: Crossbones by John L Campbell

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I have enjoyed previous installments of the Omega Days series, so I felt a little let down by Crossbones.  Xavier and his ever dwindling band of survivors have made a somewhat comfortable home on the U.S.S. Nimitz , a grounded Navy vessel.  Things are finally looking up, until Evan and a crewman go missing on a helicopter run.  While Xavier is frantically trying to determine their fate, three of the children on board start playing in a forbidden area of the ship.  When one of Calvin’s sons leads a zombie away from the other children, he becomes trapped in an uncleared area of the ship.  To add to Xavier’s headaches, a group of survivors requests sanctuary onboard, and the kind hearted priest feels he has no choice but to let them aboard.  He doesn’t know that they have only their own best interests at heart, and that they are going to instigate a slaughter of his friends.

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