The Manhattan Projects Vol 1 (Issues 1-5) Review

Book Cover for the Manhattan Projects Vol 1The Manhattan Projects Vol 1: 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?

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The Manhattan Projects Vol 1 Review


Okay, so my quest to expand my knowledge of graphic novels is going surprisingly well. I’m finding that I actually like more than I dislike of the ones I actually commit to reading. (Several are picked, browsed for a couple of pages, and put right back down.)  My favorite thus far has definitely been Scooby Apocalypse. But through the same app that I read Scooby on, I discovered The Manhattan Projects.  And my overwhelming feelings about this graphic novel collection can only be expressed as thus:

It’s so off the wall that it’s really hard to even talk about. Yet, at the same time, I’ve already got The Manhattan Projects Vol 2 queued for reading, because I need to know. I’m not sure what it is, exactly, that I need to know. But.. I need to know! ‘Cause, we got interdimensional travelers, a stargate, a dead president now serving as AI, and a doctor who ate his own brother to absorb all his knowledge. And then he ate something else, too. Oh, and Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman are in it too. Except, this is not the Einstein you’re used to seeing.

What I do know about The Manhattan Projects is that I don’t like the illustrations. The writing is, uh, what it is. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad yet. The coloring is simplistic, but suited to the illustrations and gives its own clues to the story. The illustrations themselves, though, just don’t appeal at all. I’m getting used to them, and I’m willing to overlook them to find out what in the world is going on in this story.

The Manhattan Projects is interesting and intriguing. It was completely unexpected. Given how much I dislike the illustrations, by all rights I should have put this book down shortly after starting it. But something about it made me stick with it. Now I’m stuck with it and I need to read Vol 2, because… because I don’t even know why! I just have to! Okay?!

And there is my almost completely incoherent review which really tells you nothing about the story except that I still don’t know what I think about the story.

Title: The Manhattan Projects Vol 1 | Series: The Manhattan Projects | Writer: Jonathan Hickman | Illustrator: Nick Pitarra | Publisher: Image Comics | Pages 144 | ISBN13: 9781607066088 | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 (I think)| Source: ComiXology Unlimited | Purchase on Amazon

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