The GeeksverseThe Manhattan Projects #1

The Manhattan Projects #1
Published on Thursday, March 8, 2012 by

What if the atomic bomb wasn’t the only thing to come out of the Manhattan Projects?

Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Nick Pitarra
Colored by: Cris Peter
Lettered by: Rus Wooton
Cover by: Jonathan Hickman

I’m a big Hickman fan and anything of his I take an interest in. And how can anyone not be interested in a book that shows what else was going on at the Manhattan Project?

This issue is what you’d expect from Hickman, it’s good with some crazy science and interesting twists. What you get at the start is not what you get at the end. And there’s a mystery or two thrown in for good measure, like just what Einstein is up to in that locked room?

I liked that Hickman added a Japanese version of the scientists, this group coming up with a portal and kamikaze robots. It’s a testament to a writer’s skill when he can make tech data about a robot interesting.

If you haven’t read any of Hickman’s creator-owned stuff from Image, particularly the stuff he did solo, then you haven’t seen his unique design sense. That’s on display in this issue. The chapter breaks are especially interesting.

The use of color to distingush the two Oppenheimer’s views is nice, as is the differing viewpoints of the same events. Speaking of Oppenheimer, the twist at the end makes things more interesting, but he was a freaky guy even before that. The scene with the guns is fascinating.

Nick Pitarra is an intresting artist. He puts alot of detail into his work and in some ways he reminds me of Frank Quitely. A messy Quitely, but still see some Quitely there. It’s the messiness that turns me off at points. The detail level is great, and really have to pay attention to see all the things he puts into the backgrounds of this issue, but the figure work is hit or miss for me.

The Manhattan Projects #1 receives:
4 out of 5

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