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The Manhattan Projects, Vol. 1: Science Bad Paperback – September 18, 2012
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If you know anything about the real Manhattan Project then you will be both fascinated and horrified by this alternate reality depiction of the scientists who built "The Bomb".
The Manhattan Projects is about atomic bombs in the same way The Matrix is about virtual reality. It's in there, but it ain't what you're expecting. Much like how the Matrix was a false world covering up the horrors of the real world The Manhattan Projects uses the front of building an atom bomb to hide the truth of weirder and more horrible experiments taking place at Los Alamos New Mexico.
All the big names are all there, Einstein, Oppenheimer, Von Braun, even President FDR, but they are not the men from our history books and Hickman takes them in weird and wild directions, ending with a cliff hanger that leaves you shuddering at the thought of what's to come.
You should give Manhattan Projects a try if you're at all interested in strange and unique stories that are a little on the creepy side. The trade paperback collecting the first 5 issues is now out... and waiting for you.
What Hickman does here, and does so incredibly well, is that he creates a bizarre and twisted characterization for each of these real people and gives it the intelligence and creativity to make it work within the framework of this book. As way of a for instance, Oppenheimer has multiple-personality disorder, and feels that he, as Joseph, has "devoured" his brother Robert and become an amalgam of the two... and that's just the first chapter. Scientist Harry Daghlian has apparently absorbed so much radiation that he's essentially just a skeleton in a containment suit. Fermi may very well not be a human being. Einstein... well... he has a monolith.Read more ›
To be fair, the narrative starts to clear up not far after that, and it becomes clear that this is an alternate history MP staffed by Oppenheimer's Serial Killing Evil Twin, a drunken Einstein, and the disembodied consciousness of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (did I mention yet that I'm totally onboard?), whose mission parameters have them stopping invasions by both Nazis and aliens.
It's difficult to guess where Hickman and Pitarra are headed with this series, other than that it probably involves a lot of physics-influenced parallel world or selves/entanglement themes, but the set up is unique enough that I'm more than willing to let them run with it and see where it goes...provided there are plenty of Death Buddhists and Sentient Origami along the way.
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I had been awaiting the arrival of this book in Kindle format and I am happy to say it was worth the wait. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter J. Orvetti
Finally got around to this one, and I'm happy that I did. I love the weird brand of sci-fi Hickman imparts with MP. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Drown Hollum
Thought the devices could have been more plentiful, and the conflicts longer than one pagePublished 3 months ago by valence electron
The Mahattan Projects is a seriously crazy alternate history that takes place during WWII. In The Mahattan Projects you will find all sorts of historical figures in new and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cayt Landis
This book isn't just alternate history -- it's a dizzying mix of fantasy, sci-fi, and madcap "psychology." Not everything works, but the ride is quite entertaining. Read morePublished 10 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
The first volume of this series makes for one of the most fun reads I have ever experienced. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 10 months ago by OvenPro86(d)
This is another outstanding tale from Jonathan Hickman. For anybody who has ever been a fan of weird science shows like Warehouse 13, Eureka, or Fringe, you will get a kick out... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gabe