Review by: TheNextChampion

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Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Pitarra & Cris Peter

Size: 24 pages
Price: 3.50

It’s only two issues in but I think I want to marry a comic book. I know people look down on that sort of thing, but this is America damn it! I should be allowed to marry whoever, and whatever I want. That’s what our Founding Fathers would have wanted if comic books were around! Just imagine the tings Benjamin Franklin could have done with a book like The Manhattan Projects. Then imagine what it would be like if it was a French Prostitute and…..Wait where am I going with this again? Oh yeah: The Manhattan Projects is one hell of a comic book.

There are so many things to love about this issue I don’t even know where to start. We got Nazi’s getting killed, a skull in a jar (always funny), history’s greatest scientists together under one roof, Mystics keeping a portal open, Alfred Einstein being a complete badass, and more mumbo-jumbo science only an insane person could think of. That insane person, Jonathan Hickman, is just having so much fun with this book it’s easy to tell. I have NO IDEA where this series is going and I don’t care to be honest. If each issue is just this type of insane, but entertaining, nonsense I will always enjoy it. There’s just so much potential with these characters and the setting Hickman has written himself here. The ideas are much more interesting then the story right now. But I am down for these characterizations that he’s written for Einstein (being all-knowing), Feynman (vain as hell), and Oppenheimer (still insane).

What isn’t insane (well maybe slightly) is Nick Pitarra’s art. God I love his style so much, everything works in this issue! Whatever Hickman puts into his script, Pitarra is able to match the insane with beautiful images. Whether it’s a Nazi getting a robotic arm, or Einstein’s personal stash of inventions, or Harry the Skull in a Jar. But even the mundane stuff, like Feynman getting ready for work, is staged wonderfully and you can tell what type of guy Feynman is just by looking at his face alone. Some might be a little put off by how rough some of the pages look, but I think it adds a level of detail you wouldn’t see in a comic. Huge props to Rachelle Rosenberg, who did a pretty poor job coloring in The Red Wing to be honest, stepped up her game and there is some great coloring in this. Great use of reds and blues to set the mood just like in the first issue.

While I’ll have to fight my way through the courts to get an approval on man on comic book marriage, this review will have to do for now. If you haven’t picked up this series yet I have no idea what is wrong with you. This issue in particular is crazy fun and gorgeous to look at. If you like crazy in your comics and gorgeous artwork then look no further. Easily the best new series of 2012 in my book.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. Great review. I agree with you, this book is pretty crazy, and I love it all. My favorite part was when Gen. Groves asks, “Who here can fly?” and everyone raises their hand except for Feynman. Apparently all of these great scientists also posess the ability to fly?!? That is awesome!

    • Ha! I didn’t even notice that until you just pointed it out. I hope we see that soon.

    • Oh crap. That’s what that meant. I read went back to that panel three times and still didn’t get it. I blame it on a bit of sensory overload with this book, so much going on in the writing and art. Great review btw.

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