A new graphic novel series…
The Manhattan Projects 1: SCIENCE BAD by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra, Jordie Bellaire and Rus Wooton
Genre Fiction (Graphic Novel – Sci-fi)
Monday 14th July – Tuesday 15th July (2 days)
1 morning, 1 evening.
An alternative history comic looking at the Manhattan Project and the work of scientists at the end of the second World War. We follow Joseph Oppenheimer, an evil twin brother of Robert Oppenheimer who is a schizophrenic psychopath, who joins the Manhattan Projects, with other famous scientists. Between them they manage to open an inter-dimensional door, and create artificial intelligence based on Franklin D. Rooselvelt.
I am not sure about this series. I have the second volume, so I will give it a go and see how I get on, but I found this quite dark and violent. The Oppenheimer character is very weird and dark, he devours his victims to take their soul and add to his multiple personalities, and I found it quite disturbing and sinister. The other scientists are using found technology and their combined intellect to improve human life, but there is a lot of death along the way. I thought this would be a easier to get into, but I guess there is a long story going throughout.
I did like the use of colour, swapping between red and blue for some of the characters/storylines (I don’t want to spoil) and the artwork was pretty impressive. I liked the inclusion of Russians, Nazis and the threat of the Cold War, but I just found all of the characters very dark, sinister and very difficult to identify with.
Hopefully, I’ll like the 2nd volume a little more!
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