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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Manhattan Projects, 8 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Manhattan Projects Volume 1: Science Bad (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. There are also some interesting Freemasonic activities involving President Truman, and the late President Roosevelt is turned into a living computer, and a visiting alien race offers up a star-drive in exchange for Einstein's bridge. Suckers. They didn't stand a chance against this league of extraordinary scientists/psychopaths.

I can't quite describe this comic book, despite all the above. These are not pleasant people, and they don't do pleasant things, but it is fascinating to read/watch what happens.
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