Jonathan Hickman’s alternate history epic about the men involved in the Manhattan projects is outstanding. Every issue has given us laughs, dark turns, and visions of a super science era that only exists in Hickman’s mind. This issue kept in line with the rest and gave us a peek at Star City, the hidden gem of the U.S.S.R.
This series reminds me of Doctor Who in the sense that it’s a great place for fans of history and fans of science fiction to meet in the middle. Hickman takes actual events and spins them into his own web of make believe that nearly convinces you that there are inter-dimensional gates and multiple alien encounters in our hidden history.
The artwork by Nick Pitarra is very expressive and original. The displays of violence, technology, and human emotion all seem to work flawlessly on the panels and pages. When you pair it with Jordie Bellaire’s colors, you get bright and expanding art that feels like it has a life of its own on the paper (or screen if you’re reading digital).
Image Comics has been pumping out books that are breaking the boundaries left and right, and The Manhattan Projects is one of the genre-bending series that shows that there’s more room in comic books for original concepts.