Friday, March 9, 2012

Comic of the Week - Blinded Me With Science

Jonathan Hickman's new series at Image comics, The Manhattan Projects has a premise that, like most of Hickman's creator owned work, I could not resist. Between 1939 and 1946, the US ran the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb. In this book, that's just a cover for much more outlandish projects. The first issue gives us the recruitment of Robert Oppenheimer and reveals some troubling secrets about him, that I'm sure will relate to greater concepts in physics. Meanwhile, Albert Einstein is locked in a room, staring at some mysterious monolith when suddenly the Japanese attack with a teleportation bomb that. . . well, let me not spoil anything more. I can tell already that this book is going to bring in crazy mind blowing science, as is usual in Hickman's work in ways that will make it hard to determine just how much is actual science and how much is fiction. But it seems to be incorporating some big action and fun as well, judging from the first issue. He's already doing this over in Fantastic Four, so it will be interesting to see how he does it here. Nick Pitarra's art is sometimes reminiscent of Frank Quitely, which is a great thing. It works perfectly with the time period and the subject matter and I'm sure it will lend clarity to some of the bigger concepts. This series has great potential. I'm in.

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