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The Manhattan Projects, Vol. 2 Paperback – April 17, 2013
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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.Read more ›
Well written, well drawn. The series' tagline is "Science. Bad." The first two volumes I've read, however...? Book. Good.
The historical re-imaginings walk a beautiful, clever line, imbuing this title with a gross charm that is impossible to overlook. Nazis, Russian reds, cannibalistic psychopaths, these are our heroes, and it doesn't matter how despicable they are, for they represent the united front of scientific knowledge. Science is power, and it is those with the power who truly rule the world. The themes of the book become clear and essential in volume two, cementing the framework set forth by the first volume. Between Pitarra's incredible design and Hickman's Oppenheimer-esque omni-braind, Manhattan Projects has all the potential in the world.
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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... Read more
got here fast and is an awsome indie comic for those of you who like ww2 era and graphic novelsPublished 13 months ago by Winter Soldier
Although not graphic, it got sexually gross with Truman which is why I lowered it a star from four. Probably as interesting as the first volume otherwise.Published 23 months ago by Gregor Waltz