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The Manhattan Projects #1 - Infinite Oppenheimers Review


From the mind of Jonathan Hickman, prepare for a heavy-duty action-packed look at a piece of history but with a completely different twist.

Jonathan Hickman delivers another cerebral intense creator-owned story with amazing art from Nick Pitarra. That's all you need to know to buy this issue.

The Good

I'm a big fan of Jonathan Hickman. I completely love his work. When word first broke about THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, I did everything in my power to avoid hearing any details from the series. That's not something someone in my position can easily do but I wanted my first reading of this to be completely fresh and free from any prior knowledge or influence. I managed to succeed in following this plan.

The cover may not be super-flashy but the text tells you what you need to know. The idea is that there was much more to the Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first atomic bomb. Designing and building the bomb was just the beginning. It was just a cover to please the President. It turns out they were involved in much bigger ideas unknown to the general public, hence the S at the end of the title.

If you're familiar with the Manhattan Project, you probably heard of Robert Oppenheimer. He was one of the lead scientists on the project. We see his first day and that's where we learn the secrets of what else was going on. And there are some big secrets. Lots of twists are contained that sets this up as a fascinating read.

The art by Nick Pitarra is gritty, detailed and beautifully captures the essence and chaotic nature of the events that occur. Petarra is the perfect match for this series and I can't wait to see what happens next.

The Bad

I'm not sure if I got a defective copy but the ink on the cover was a little smudgy. There are times, especially when it's a good read, I like to kick back in my office chair as I read the comic. A little of the ink came off and smudge the cover a little. It's not a huge deal but something for those concerned with collectibility might want to be aware of.

Also, the cover is an interesting choice. It fits along with some of the transitions used inside. The symbol makes sense after you read the issue and the text gives a great summary that could easily sell the casual comic book shopper. It's just not a super-eye catching cover. Then again, because it's different, maybe it will work.

The Verdict

Jonathan Hickman strikes again. His work on FANTASTIC FOUR and FF have been great but there is something about creator-owned work where you get to see them really cut loose. Taking historical elements and adding a huge twist is a brilliant twist and offers a great deal of possibilities for future issues. There are plenty of developments that will get you hooked and make you hunger for the next issue. This is something new. It's something different. It's the perfect issue if you need a break from superheroes and tights. It's definitely plot driven but is crammed with glorious art by Nick Pitarra. I simply cannot wait for the next issue. I love when I get to read a comic that gets me this excited.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Awesome, I'v been looking forward to this since I heard about it

Posted by Johnnyjavavee

Can't wait to read it! The cover totally caught my eye though, simple covers can be the best sometimes.

Posted by G-Man

@Johnnyjavavee: Glad you dig the cover. That was pretty much the only bad thing, in my opinion. Not bad bad but you know.

Posted by zackattack529

awesome! i wanted to buy this issue, but with all the events coming up these months have to save my money for those big titles :/ so i just read it in the store :p

but i did like the art in it, very indie, very interesting story, and don't worry at my LCS most of the covers had a smudge. i dont know why either haha there was some that didn't. but it wasn't that bad tho.

ill definitely buy the trade when it comes out! :)

Posted by SavageDragon

G-man! My cover was smudgy too i was little pissed! But anyways it was a great first issue to another big Image book. I liked how in the last few pages it started to allude something was not right here (personality wise). Check it out guys especially if you like historical fiction.

Edited by CombatSpoon86

Great. Nick Pitarra is heading up to my lcs for sketching and signing this Saturday.

G-man. Yes the covers all have smudge.

Posted by Ganthetsward20

I havent finished it yet, but Im halfway through and wanted to mention that its great. Not a huge fan on the art myself but I feel I really got a good story. I hope this continues for a great while!! I think I might have gotten more then my money's worth too!!

Posted by tonis

this looks very intriguing, must check this out :)

Posted by RoboShark

I didn't know what to expect from this one. But I liked this issue and it's definitely on my pull list.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Hickman is awesome, I'm going to get the Test Patterns trade that's collected all of his creator owned work at IMAGE 

Posted by longbowhunter

I thought the Red Wing was ok, but I'm really liking were this is going.

Posted by RoboShark

The ending made me think of Cowboy Ninja Viking, which I'm in the middle of reading.

Posted by EpicMeltDown

I'll add to the smudgy cover comments. I had just assumed something was on my fingers but I guess not. In any case, I'm excited to see what's going to happen next on this one.

Posted by Gordo789

is this a mini-series or an ongoing title?

Posted by trailofdead

Cool book... art and story are better then Red Wind so far. Pitarra is coming into his own...

Posted by JonesDeini

@CombatSpoon86 said:

Great. Nick Pitarra is heading up to my lcs for sketching and signing this Saturday.

G-man. Yes the covers all have smudge.

Ah yes, we must discuss that. I've decided to have my LCS pull the series for me, but I'm still gonna wait for the trade. If the reviews make it sound too good to wait on then I'll just by them and won't have to worry about waiting on reprints.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Gordo789 said:

is this a mini-series or an ongoing title?

it's an ongoing
Posted by mtrakos

A little predictable and wasnt a huge fan of the art but I'll continue to give the series a read