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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Comics Review

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Comics Review

Fullmetal Alchemist has always held a place in my heart, but I’ll admit it has been a while since I’ve watched or read the series. Sometimes it’s hard to find time for marathoning. That’s where Fullemetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics comes in. Each comic is a unique take on the FMA world with ridiculous shenanigans, self-aware jokes, and some insight into author Hiromu Arakawa’s mind.

The book is a smooth paperback with metallic red accents on the cover and spine, which was a nice touch that I didn’t expect. It’s a little bigger than your traditional manga, and about half as thick. Each comic is it’s own self-contained story, making it easy to pick up and read a few pages whenever you feel like it.

Arakawa has been including these little comics in various branches of the FMA franchise since the beginning. The table of contents divides them into sections: Graphic Novels, DVDs, Brotherhood DVDs, Other Products, and Bonus Comics. This seems like such an unimportant detail, but I really appreciated the organization and additional information that went into this book. If you want to know exactly where each comic came from, there’s a citation at the top of the page. I doubt I’ll ever need this information, but I like that it’s there.

I hope you like puns and silly jokes, because this book has plenty of them. The description says “No joke is too cheesy” and that is definitely true. Some comics directly reference events from the manga they were published in, so a few characters from earlier volumes slipped my mind. This might not be the best for someone who is just starting the series in case you find a spoiler.

If you’re looking for an in-depth continuation of Fullmetal Alchemist, you’re not going to get it here. If you just love the series and want another way to get your FMA fix, it’s worth checking out. It’s a fun little book that never takes itself too seriously.

Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete Four-Panel Comics

Collects all of author Hiromu Arakawa’s beloved four-panel comic strips from the the graphic novel series, her bonus strips from the anime DVDs of Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and rare strips from Japan! No joke is too cheesy and there are no sacred cows when Arakawa takes up her pen to spoof her own characters in this delightfully zany take on Fullmetal Alchemist!

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