Panel per Chapter → Fullmetal Alchemist - Chapter Eighteen: The Value of Sincerity 1/2
Edward: Damnit there isn’t another way. …State’s alchemist…living weapon! And at this important time, I can’t do anything…
In case you somehow thought for two seconds that Arakawa was lulling you into Rush Valley in order to give you time to recover from the fact that Maes Hughes was just murdered two chapters ago, there’s this. Moments after Winry pries open Edward’s watch to reveal that the inside is inscribed - Don’t Forget: 3.Oct.11 - which is the date he burned down his own house, the automail mechanic’s daughter-in-law goes into labor.
And they’re stuck, the bridge back to the rest of Rush Valley is broken, and any bridge Edward tries to make over the chasm is going to collapse under its own weight. Alchemy, as Edward has learned, is his greatest asset, but can’t always help him or others. Just as he couldn’t help Nina, he can’t help this time either, despite being one of the greatest alchemists alive - a human weapon - and he blames himself for anything that might happen.
Another reminder that no matter how powerful someone may be, sometimes they face challenges or events that seem insurmountable, and make them feel useless.