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Product Details

  • Series: Manhattan Projects
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; First Edition edition (April 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607067269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607067269
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Josh on April 23, 2013
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The book deserves 5 stars, the shipping gets 2 stars. Let's get this out of the way first, in agreement with the reviewer above, Amazon has been slipping on their shipping of late. I used to get these trades in boxes delivered to my building's front office. Now I find them in oversized semi-padded envelopes shoved into my tiny P.O. box by USPS (that master of delivery). It leads to bent, misshapen books, and Amazon is better than that.

As for the actual review: Jonathan Hickman, for those who don't know him, is a master of grand ideas and bold intricate plotting. His other books The Nightly News, Pax Romana, and his celebrated run on Fantastic Four and FF display a staggering imagination, and you really just have to strap yourself in and go along for the ride. In my experience, it always pays off. Manhattan Projects, Vol. 2 is no different. The series revolves around an alternate history of the men behind the Manhattan Projects (Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman, etc.) in which, frankly, they're all mad scientists run amok.

While Volume 1 was quirky, unusual, and vaguely unsettling in its eccentricities, Volume 2 is equal parts wild and exciting. Volume 1 involved a lot of setup, exposing the reader to the players in Hickman's grand world of science gone bad. Volume 2 introduces their Soviet counterparts, including the ubiquitous but suitable brain-in-a-jar-on-a-body, Yuri Gagarin, a talking space dog, and an ex-Nazi scientist who sheds new light on Wernher von Braun. Hickman remains witty as ever while exploring the idea of what happens when science reigns supreme.
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The Manhattan Projects Volume 2
Book by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra

Curious about the merits of Jonathon Hickman, I picked up the first two volumes of this sci-fi history series. Hickman and Pitarra carry on the grand tradition of authors such as Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut.

World War II becomes a crucible for scientific exploration. The pressure to win provides opportunities for scientists of all political inclinations to push their studies farther. As the scientific cabal of the Manhattan Projects become smarter, they begin to lose their emotional and political allegiances. This volume in particular focuses on the efforts of the Manhattan Projects to overthrow the Old World Order of money and mysticism. The action is fast-paced and colorful. It is a superhero team book in essence concealed as sci-fi. The plot is executed like a big-budget, Hollywood action film. It's witty and slightly subversive. I suppose I should mention that the book includes Robert Oppenheimer (with depraved multiple personalities), a cyborg ex-Nazi, a radioactive skeleton man, a Russian brain in a jar, and Laika, the russian space explorer.

Who's a dog.

And good with guns.

Both Hickman and Vonnegut use sci-fi and real events to explore human neuroses. Vonnegut's Sirens of Titan would fit right into the Manhattan Projects mythology. His first book Player Piano describes humanity devastated by automation, which was an outgrowth of WWII. Plus both Hickman and Vonnegut share an offbeat black humor. But the two do diverge. Vonnegut is fundamentally concerned with human qualities like kindness and compassion. The characters in the Manhattan Projects don't appear to care about those qualities at all.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doug on April 22, 2013
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This book is great, a fantastic read. It's a brilliant twist on the story behind the Manhattan Projects. I highly recommend this to any comic book fan.

What I didn't like was the condition the book was in when I received it. This book was ordered for me as a gift, so I'm not about to return it. The book was shipped in an over sized padded envelope. Upon opening, I immediately noticed one corner was rabbit eared. The bottom of the spine is dented, and there is a dent on the front cover. For a collector these flaws would be unacceptable. For me, I'm not happy, but I'm not going to return the book over this.

Amazon has been slipping in their packaging as of late. This is very disappointing.
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While understandably not as riveting as the first volume of the "Manhatten Projects" TPB/graphic novel, in that the irreverent cast of characters and imaginative twisted speculative history are familiar to the reader by the secong book, Volume 2 of the series still entertains even as it slyly manages to ask pertinent questions about man's obsession for technological advance and the ethics of its pursuit.
Well written, well drawn. The series' tagline is "Science. Bad." The first two volumes I've read, however...? Book. Good.
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More of the same, which is to say unlike any other comic book. It splinters off into new directions and generally compells one to keep reading to see what is going to happen next.
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By Gabriel on February 6, 2014
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I love how the author mixed science with fiction. This story comes from a mind with a wonderful imagination and I am enjoying the journey.
I recommend this .
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