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The Manhattan Projects Volume 1: Science Bad TP [Paperback]

Jonathan Hickman
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18 Sep 2012 Manhattan Projects
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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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (18 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607066084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607066088
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 10.1 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Science Bad: TMP Good 25 Nov 2012
By Faustus
Format:Paperback
TMP is a wild fiction built around the real life creation of the first WWII atomic bomb. The build is simply a front for what the militant project leader identifies as "...more important concerns." He enlists the troubled scientist Oppenheimer, and a team of equally disturbed real life geniuses, to fulfil a very different agenda. More than once I was reminded of Mike Mignola; they're a kind of reverse B.P.R.D.

It's an engaging and far-reaching story that draws the reader in with hermetic secrets, drip-feeding future possibilities alongside some cryptic past histories.
However, holding back like it does made me question whether it'll come together in a satisfyingly cohesive manner. By the end of the book that question was still ringing in my mind. One thing is clear, though: it's a bubbling pot with two lids, neither of which is able to contain the inevitable -- there will be spillage.

Nick Pitarra provides art so successfully that it's hard to imagine the work being presented in any other style. He's not completely original (his influences are clear to see) but his vision gels with Hickman's wild sciences perfectly.
The colouring is as important as the art in getting the message across. It uses a palette of contrasting primary and tertiary colours that support the dualities present in the written word. It's beautifully presented.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not feeling it 10 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
Hickman is a clever writer, but this is an example of cleverness coming first, and that's not enough. For me to be engaged by a story I need to care about at least some aspects of what's going on. Instead, this is all about Hickman being clever, with some admittedly interesting riffing on some familiar sf ideas. It's well executed, but ultimately if I'm not engaged I'm not drawn to follow the story any further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Manhattan Projects 14 Jan 2014
By Gareth Simon TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
The story running through the first five issues of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra's The Manhattan Projects are collected as The Manhattan Projects Volume 1: Science Bad TP. This is an alternative history, where magic(?) and science co-exist in a past that is not quite ours. Our story involves an American military project in the 1940s, where the US is at war with Japan, Germany and possibly the Soviet union, though that might be a turn of phrase. All the powers seem to have harnessed pulp SF technology, and the American project is staffed by, amongst others, the evil twin of Robert Oppenheimer (who has killed and replaced his brother); an Einstein from a parallel dimension who has swapped places with this universe's Einstein (against the latter's wishes), and now can't understand how to operate the bridging mechanism; an Enrico Fermi who is an alien in disguise (inspired no doubt by the Fermi paradox), Wernher von Braun (a genuine Germanic mad scientist with a curious hair-style reminiscent of the Pointy-haired Boss, but is really supposed to be devilish, I suppose); and a number of other characters who I do not recognise, though no doubt are historically correct, under the command of a General Leslie Groves, who appears to have escaped from the set of Dr Strangelove. Richard Feynman is also there, and although exhibiting strange character traits, may actually be the `normal' one. Anyway, these are the continuing (very entertaining) adventures of this group, whose cover story is that they are working on an atomic bomb. They actually make one just to keep the cover going, and deploy it despite the President's objections. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Manhattan Projects 8 Oct 2013
By Gareth Simon TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The story running through the first five issues of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra's The Manhattan Projects are collected as The Manhattan Projects Volume 1: Science Bad TP. This is an alternative history, where magic(?) and science co-exist in a past that is not quite ours. Our story involves an American military project in the 1940s, where the US is at war with Japan, Germany and possibly the Soviet union, though that might be a turn of phrase. All the powers seem to have harnessed pulp SF technology, and the American project is staffed by, amongst others, the evil twin of Robert Oppenheimer (who has killed and replaced his brother); an Einstein from a parallel dimension who has swapped places with this universe's Einstein (against the latter's wishes), and now can't understand how to operate the bridging mechanism; an Enrico Fermi who is an alien in disguise (inspired no doubt by the Fermi paradox), Wernher von Braun (a genuine Germanic mad scientist with a curious hair-style reminiscent of the Pointy-haired Boss, but is really supposed to be devilish, I suppose); and a number of other characters who I do not recognise, though no doubt are historically correct, under the command of a General Leslie Groves, who appears to have escaped from the set of Dr Strangelove. Richard Feynman is also there, and although exhibiting strange character traits, may actually be the `normal' one. Anyway, these are the continuing (very entertaining) adventures of this group, whose cover story is that they are working on an atomic bomb. They actually make one just to keep the cover going, and deploy it despite the President's objections. Read more ›
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