New Manga for the Week of December 21: The Last Battle

There are a lot of interesting manga out this week, but there is one event that commands our attention first: The last volume of Fullmetal Alchemist.

The series winds up with the final attack against “Father,” and the possibilities are teased pretty heavily in the promotional text: “But to claim victory, some may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. And when the dust clears, will a happy ending await our favorite characters in the final volume of Fullmetal Alchemist?” I’m inclined to think the answer is “yes, after all they have been through, Edward and Al deserve to get their bodies back,” but I guess I’ll have to read the book to find out if that’s right.

Viz also has some solid reading in its SigIKKI, Shonen Sunday, and Signature lines this week: vol. 18 of Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, which introduces yet another new character; vol. 5 of House of Five Leaves, Natsume Ono’s tangled tale of a wandering samurai who falls in with a mysterious gang; and vol. 4 of I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow, an amiable slacker comedy.

Vertical gives us vol. 2 of The Drops of God, the story of a young man who has never tasted wine but must now triumph in a wine-tasting competition in order to win his inheritance. With its heady combination of handsome men and fine wine, this series has already won a lot of fans with its first volume.

Kodansha Comics has a stack of new volumes in ongoing series. My choice would be vol. 3 of Cage of Eden, the action tale that pits a planeload of high school students (and one very well endowed flight attendant) against an island full of prehistoric monsters. Also on deck: Vol. 3 of Bloody Monday, vol. 12 of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, and vol. 3 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

Digital Manga gives us a fresh double-sized volume of the romantic comedy Itazura na Kiss. This is volume 7, and the hijinks continue as naive, good-natured Kotoko tries to have a nice vacation with her hard-won new husband Naoki without letting his obnoxious relatives spoil the party.

What are you reading this week? The full list of releases to comics stores (bookstores and Amazon will vary) is available from ComicList.

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