Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Review: The Manhattan Project #1

Oliver's review:
Hickman may be compared with Grant Morison when it comes to weirdness and the kind of stories that he comes up with. This guy is a legend in the making and were seeing that unfold right before our eyes.

I mentioned in my irredeemable review that Mark Waid thinks out of the box,  but this issue is like, times 10 of that.

A bold re-imagining of the Manhattan Project, in this world at least, the concept seems to be enmeshed with that of Area 51.

The premise is intriguing, America uses the power of weird/mad science to try and win ww2. Only thing is, the weirdness is not contained to that country alone as seen in this issue "when Japan attacks!". All the more Morisson-esque this was is due to that of the main protagonist and his twin. It sorta reminded me of Xavier and Cassandra Nova from X Men.  And speaking of which, the art is heavily reminiscent/derivative of Frank Quitely's style. I am not sure if this was all done in purpose.  If this is the feel that they were going for, but just the same, it made me love the book all the more.

This is my favorite out of my bunch for this week. The reveal from the last few panels towards the end cemented that. I suggest you buy this issue/series if you like a breath of fresh air from your normal comics routine.  If I could, I would rate it 100/ 10. Yes. It's that good.

Renaldo's review:
Forget Red Wing. It’s good but nothing can prepare you for this. It’s one of the best first issues I’ve ever read. It’s the typical Hickman book. Ominous, cryptic and morose as he takes all clichés and puts the comic spin on them. The twists here are remarkable and with Pitarra’s outstanding art, you cannot ask for much more. It’s a scientific journal and a diary of epic proportions as we see Oppenheimer being inducted into a project that no doubt sets the stage for the biggest repercussions. One ramification on ignoring the book – a kickass quiet cameo by Einstein. With this project being a covert means of making the USA a super-powerhouse of all nations, the interactions of Oppenheimer and his affiliates are cool, calm and collected in the face of adversity. No opposition could prepare this project from the threats within. Therein lies the rub  - Hickman and Pitarra delicately craft something wondrous…setting up some amazing dominoes and you cannot wait to see the house of cards stacked…and come crumbling down. It’s supreme intelligence offered here…Kree has nothing on the pace and stark excitement of this book. Hickman does what he does best – tell an intricate story with some moving comic-art…and get those wheels within the viewer’s mind going into overdrive…and when you end this title, it’ll be a huge dosage of hyperdrive!!! (10/10)

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