What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs? What if the union of a generation’s brightest minds was not a signal for optimism, but foreboding? What if everything… went wrong?

Welcome to THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the creators of THE RED WING.

Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and possibly the best new talent of the year, NICK PITARRA, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS is a look at history through a darker, much stranger, lens.

Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Pitarra & Cris Peter

Price: $3.50
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 38.8%
Avg Rating: 4.6
Users who pulled this comic:


  1. Not a big fan of Hickman’s Marvel stuff but I do consider him to be a great writer and I love these type of stories.

  2. I’ll thumb through it at the store… this is a heavy week for me and I’m already trying to thin out my pull list as it is.

  3. Looks interesting. I bet it’s good.

  4. I’ve loved Hickman’s F4/FF work but so far I havent yet been able to get a handle on this creator owned work. Since he tends to unfold things slowly, I find sometimes I have little to grab on. With F4 you have the familiarity with characters and their interactions to sustain you even if the plot moves in a quieter way. But with little or no prior connection to characters, it can make those slower beats tougher to hold on to in monthly installments. It happened to me with Shield, and Red Wing – but I will try again with this one because I like his big idea approach.

  5. I’m excited for this. I love historical fiction, and I look forward to whatever wild-ass stories Hickman has cooked up involving Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Co.; plus we get more of Pitarra’s art.

  6. I dig his independent stuff.

    Looking forward to it.

  7. I will give this a try if I remember it this Wednesday, sounds rather different.


  8. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS!!!11eleventy

  9. Well it looks like, from the preview on CBR, it’s going to be filled with crazy ideas and it lost me pretty quickly….Pure Hickman.

    I am really happy Nick Pitarra is getting more work. He was the saving grace of Red Wing so I assume this is going to be just as beautiful.

  10. Avatar photo filippod (@filippodee) says:

    Looks promising. Pity for the lettering. I’ve just read the preview and I really dislike it.

  11. Probably picking this up against my better judgement. I try to read Hickman in trades only since I don’t think he does satisfying single issues, but I’ve been on a huge Image kick lately and want to check out almost everything they put out.

  12. The Red Wing you say huh? Hickman did not do so well on that I am going to be straight up honest. There have been may a books that people of IFanBoy have steered me towards and The Red Wing was probably one of the worst comics of 2011.
    This looks alot more intresting and the concept is sparking my thoughts of what could be. So if I remember on Wednesday than I will purchase this issue.


    • I was underwhelmed with the ending of The Red Wing, but it reads better in one story than it did month-to-month.

    • Yeah, I really didn’t like Red Wing. The concept was underutilized, and the characters were uninteresting. In fact, I dropped it after three issues, that’s how little I cared. This is one of my most anticipated books though, and I hope it lives up to it’s promise.

  13. I knew this was going to get a lot of pulls here – iFanboy seems to love any creator-owned fancy pants artsy fartsy book. I’m sure my store won’t have a copy of it so I won’t get to browse through it anyway.

  14. Got my mitts on this a little early. Hickman is often very hit or miss with me (Nightly News. Miss. Red Wings. Hit.) this book is very soundly a HIT. Its seriously Prophet good.

    With BKV’s Saga out next week, Image is really looking to score a coup in the Sci-Fi funnybook game. I love it.

  15. Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    This is very, very good. Buy it.

  16. Wow, this book is number four in pulls this week.

    Tops all Marvel.

    Three DC books top the list, with this at fourth place.


    Good for you, Jonathan Hickman.

  17. This wasn’t what I was expecting at all lol

  18. Wow this was awesome I’m so glad I decided to pick this up… If it continues in such a pace like this ill probably continue with issues as opposed to trade waiting. Great inventive stuff

  19. loved it. crazy and weird.

  20. I have to say, it blinded me with science. It’s poetry in motion.


  21. 725 pulls. i think ifanboy is being overrun with hipster nerds lol so much love for creator-owned.
    i thumbed through it at the comic shop, picked it up. it was meh at best for me.

    • As apposed to being overrun with nostalgia fueled fanboys who only care about 40/60/80 year old franchises that are owned by licensing factories.

      I am not a Hickman fan (Nightly News, SHIELD, and Pax Romana were not for me), but this book has me hooked on its own merits. Its got some really out-there ideas that I love. Its good to be a fan of Science Fiction right now.

    • God forbid I should want to read something that doesn’t have capes in it and tries to do something different.

    • I really enjoyed this and I’m not a hipster nerd wannabe, just a fan of great art and stories, I mean how many Spider-Man stories can you read before you’re reading the same shit over and over again. OH NO MJ is in trouble and Dr. Orc is restarting the secret six zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    • That’s somewhat humorous considering that ifanboy took out a full page ad in all of DC’s issues this week…..

    • Dr. Orc…. lol. The idea of a Spider-Man villain named Dr. Orc has set my imagination ablaze. Why has this not happened?

    • I thought this issue was fantastic. The shop I go to actually ordered 4 copies for the shelf which is awesome as well (yeah, it’s a sad world when that’s an impressive number for a comic shop). Nice to see Hickman’s name/reputation getting some people to try out something a little different than the normal stuff.

    • Some defensive hipster nerds up in here.

  22. I have been “iffy” about Hickman for years…..loved Pax Romana, but haven’t been all that impressed with anything else he’s done….UNTIL NOW! A little bit of Fringe, American Psycho, & Van Helsing all wrapped together to completely surprise and confound me! In a word: AWESOME! Easily my “Pick of the Week”!

  23. I loved this book! I’m glad I went in not knowing much, it really added to the experience. If the book continues at this quality, I will be a monthly reader.

  24. that NickyPooh is amazing.

  25. This was a great start to a comic. I’m not going completely gaga over it, but it was a great start. I’m in.

  26. this comic blew my fucking mind wide open. it was s perfectly crafted and full of big, insane Hickman ideas. Loved it!

  27. Excellent. Does everything a first issue should do.

    Introduces the protagonist and establishes his who, what, where, and why. Big ideas. Hints to a larger, longer story to tell. Establishes tension.

    That it ended with a twist that makes you go back and re-read everything was masterful.

  28. This was my first exposure to Jonathan Hickman.and I found this first issue to be absolutely amazing.Why have I not been reading this guy?

    I can’t remember the last time where I re-read a comic three times in a row. What a fantastic premise and one that holds so much potential.

    Any suggestions from the iFandom of other Hickman titles with sci-fi goodness?

  29. This book was so great. I need issue #2 now.

  30. This was actually pretty good however; again like Red Wing there were pages just wasted. I do not like this at all, very, very annoying; are we short some story line or something? If thats the case then rework the book so it is done right. I really like the feel of this book other wise and I will stick with this one however; if there are going to be pages again with no story or artwork again I may change my mind. I understand advertisement and that is not what I am refering to, I think everyone here knows what I mean. Argh!! Gave it a 3.


    • It’s a storytelling device. It isn’t designed to rob you of money.

    • What ever! I think they just did not have enough story and thought it would be artsy like his last comic Red Wing and it really wasn’t, just made it that much more annoying.

  31. I was a bit underwhelmed by the Red Wing but saw enough potential in the team involved to give this a spin, defiantly glad I did.

    Bat-shit crazy sci-fi, wicked visuals and strong concepts.

    This one has legs. Looking forward to the journey.

  32. Finally read this today and boy is this a well done first issue. I came into this series intrigued but not necessarily excited. Page by page Hickman built my excitement up and by the end I was 110% on board for the Manhattan Projects. I’m glad he went further into the realm of the crazy-fantastic than I was expecting. This is right up my alley.

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