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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; First Edition edition (18 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607066084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607066088
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Faustus on 25 Nov. 2012
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 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Squirr-El TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 May 2014
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This is a really great original idea, which is something I appreciate in comics.

The over arching theme and plot is one of the adventures of a cabal of mad scientists, centering on the english speaking world and the US, featuring scientists who will be familiar to the reader as those who actually were involved in the real manhattan project which produced the atomic bomb which was used in the war with Japan.

Although instead of it being the Manhattan Project singular it is plural, there are many projects being undertaken, and it is set at the finish of the war so their are of course rival projects from other nations, the zen powered portal which operates on the suffering of "death buddhists" is such a crazy but brilliant idea for instance, and the kidnap and co-opting of nazi scientists is also a plotline.

This volume essentially introduces the character cast for what I suspect will be a series which will run and run, each of the scientists, two of which are definitely not what they seem at all, and all of which have little or no redeeming qualities with perhaps one exception, although given the overarching theme of real mad scientists I suspect more revelations about the more apparently "good guys" in later volumes. There is one other very briefly featured character who seems to be a good through and through guy, well from the perspective of humanity at least, but he sort of is a little like a Star Trek redshirt, doomed to die before he has a chance to be wicked (or much else).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squirr-El TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2013
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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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