Manifest Destiny #1

Manifest Destiny #1

Writer: Chris Dingess Artist: Matthew Roberts Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 13, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 8
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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In 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark set out on an expedition to explore the uncharted American frontier. This is the story of what they discovered lurking in the wilds...

Skybound's newest original series unveils the monsters of the western frontier in the adventure of a lifetime by writer CHRIS DINGESS (Being Human) and up-and-coming artist MATTHEW ROBERTS.

  • 10
    GoCollect - @mikebiyad Nov 14, 2013

    I really didnt know what to expect when I heard about Manifest Destiny. If you havent gotten your hands on this book yet, I implore you, go get it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Nov 17, 2013

    Manifest Destiny #1 was a surprise and in the best of ways. The writing was engaging and really knows how to suck a person in, while the art helps bring the world to life. In the past few weeks, we have had a slew of highly antipcated and advertised titles come out from Image, such as Velvet, Pretty Deadly, and even Drumhellar to some degree. This one is just as good and in some cases, even better than those titles. Very recommended and definitely worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Nov 12, 2013

    This is a great new book from Skybound and I highly recommend it to comic fans looking for something different. The art is solid and accurately captures the feel and tone of the story. I found the overall plot to pick up pace quickly and engage me while keeping me interested in what comes next. Many first issues struggle to get the story moving quickly but this was not an issue in this instance. There's a lot of exciting work coming out of Skybound currently and clearly Manifest Destiny is going to be one of the most popular titles among them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ricardo Guajardo Nov 12, 2013

    The comic in general I had little expectations going into but by the end of the comic had me hook, line, and sinker. All I have to say this was my pick of the week in terms of what sold me into checking it out. Another solid title that is sure to be an interesting read in comics this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jeremy James Nov 13, 2013

    The story has a steady pace, laying the groundwork for future installments. However, what I liked the best is the unknown, and what lies ahead. They fully expect to encounter and battle monsters along their way, and while I will not be a spoiler, I will say we get a taste of what is out there in the woods. I am anxious to see what happens when this creative team is given a chance to unleash the strange and dangerous beasts that even Lewis and Clark themselves could not have seen coming.I am not really a history buff,I'm not familiar with Chris Dingess' work in 'Being Human', and I'm not sure I've seen the art of Matthew Roberts before either. I wouldn't be doing you, the reader, any favors if I opened this issue up any further in a review. Go pick up this issue, and see for yourself. It's well worth a read.Trust me. If I didn't think it was, I'd say so.-JJ Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 13, 2013

    Salvation lies west, and Manifest Destiny is proof - taking a smart spin on otherwise barren narrative territory, Chriss Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni have produced an opening issue that will pique your interest and get you invested in our heroes. This is the kind of trailblazing you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 16, 2013

    I get it; westerns and historical comics aren't everyone's cup of tea. However, if you like character work and interesting personalities mixed up with the unexpected then I urge you to give this book a try. A plus is the beautiful artwork specifically the outstanding final page. Give this book a shot and read something a little different from the normal books that ship week to week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Nov 17, 2013

    If Dingess & Matthews can keep up the story momentum by putting their issues out on time and of this quality, I can see this series cracking my Top 10 by the end of the 1st story arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Nov 13, 2013

    Manifest Destiny is one of the strongest debut issues I've seen in a good while. Dingess sets things up and then has the payoff come in the final few pages. Things look to be going in an interesting new direction. If you're a fan of the genre, you're going to love this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GoCollect - @DocBenway Nov 15, 2013

    Manifest Destiny is off to a great start. The premise is interesting and the artwork is crisp and well framed. I hope Dingess and company can live up to the concept theyve developed and use monsters and the Wild West to tell a very human tale. Done right, this could be an epic series and I look forward to where they take us. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Nov 14, 2013

    All told, this is a beautifully-paced first issue that broaches all kind of themes and establishes a compelling underlying tension. On paper, it's the kind of plot that sounds horribly difficult to pull off; but Dingess and Roberts have done a terrific job here, establishing the ugly side as well as the wonder of this expedition to the West. “Manifest Destiny” is looking to be one revelatory journey. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - LenDiggity Nov 12, 2013

    This is a great start to what seems to be a really fun sci fi adventure book and is highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Nov 14, 2013

    Manifest Destiny is a comic I've been looking forward to since its been announced, and the first issue is a solid start to the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Nov 15, 2013

    Manifest Destiny #1 promises to be some really solid storytelling, focusing on a time when the world was still a mystery to those who thought themselves above it, and a world which too often valued the pioneer spirit above basic human decency. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Nov 18, 2013

    There isn't much bad about Manifest Destiny. I really found it a pleasant surprise. Maybe Roberts's art isn't the best everywhere, for example, his characters look a little misshapen or eccentric at times. But overall, this certainly is a comic book for readers to pick up and give a look through. You won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Elkin Nov 12, 2013

    As with all great journeys, though, as we go further and further into the wilderness, what monsters shall we encounter? I'm hoping that, at some point, these creators take a moment to identify that sometimes the monsters are us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Nov 13, 2013

    If you purchase Manifest Destiny #1, you won't only have a good time reading it, you will want to mark your calendar for the next release. It is entertaining, exciting, a little mysterious, but above all, it is fun. It will go by too quick as it flows well. I recommend it highly. Give it a go. You will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Nov 14, 2013

    An enjoyable start, “Manifest Destiny” #1 delivers two engaging protagonists that readers will root for. I want to see what monsters show up during this exploration into the American frontier. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Nov 19, 2013

    However it is still too early in this comic book to hold this against the series. All in all it certainly looks promising. Also because they have not yet revealed too much in the first issue they have the advantage of pace on their side. This series could blossom into a cult saga of epic adventure or could peter out into the oblivion that is the comic books graveyard. It is still too early to tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Nov 13, 2013

    We were now about to penetrate a country at least two thousand miles in width, on which the foot of civilized man had never trod. The good or evil it had in store for us was for experiment yet to determine. ~ John Bakeless,The Journals of Lewis and Clark Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Nov 12, 2013

    Manifest Destiny is definitely a new title that's worth getting in on the ground floor of, and looks set to provide an interesting, extremely creative take on a well-established tale. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Nov 13, 2013

    During the actual westward expansion of America, there were plenty of people and species that America misplaced, hunted and threatened. From Native Americans forced off their lands to walk the “Trail of Tears” to the hunting of buffalo to near extension, those heading west were hunting “monsters” in their minds. What this series does is that it takes that very idea and turn it on its head by creating literal monsters that this group is after. How far of a stretch is the reality from the truth? Perhaps not as far as we'd like to think. If you are looking for a book that is different from your everyday fare, than the ideal of America's destiny to expand westward and slay the beasts that stand in their way will hold both a literal and metaphorical brain exercise for you while reading this book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Nov 15, 2013

    Historical fiction can be a gamble in comics. For a serial storytelling form where part of what keeps the plot moving is the question, "What's going to happen next?", a genre where everyone by definition knows what happens next can be a hard sell. By keeping it weird and focusing on their characters, Dingess and Roberts make a great case for how well it can work. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Connor Relyea Nov 15, 2013

    While this wasn't a completely strong first issue there is the potential to grow this book into a suspenseful, supernatural mystery. It's all up to the direction that Dingess chooses to go. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Shahriar Mowla Dec 10, 2013

    'Manifest Destiny' takes a different perspective on Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark's expedition to explore the exotic life in the United States: they are actually in search for monsters! This different take, narrated by author Chris Dingess, is majestically rendered life by the art team of Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni. Dingess clearly establishes the mind-set in 1804; what would be considered as cruel in modern society is presented in a normal fashion in pages 2 and 3. The scribe then quickly shifts to a dash of humor in the next two pages and this balance works out wonderfully. Dingess's focus on a troublemaker is also nicely handled, who plays a major part throughout the entire issue, shedding light on the gravity of this expedition. The art by Matthew Roberts is detailed and tidy, all the facial expressions, the gazes, are drawn beautifully. There are five splash pages throughout this premier issue and each one is utilized to make most of the situations. The colors by Gieni are absolutely fantastic : the use of red and white while depicting the private lives of soldiers and convicts is brilliant. With its third printing on the way, there is no doubt that MANIFEST DESTINY is a huge hit. As it should be.

  • 10
    dropkick Oct 30, 2014

    History, adventure, and monsters! What more could you want? Great Art? Got it! Compelling story? You betcha!

  • 7.5
    Cosmic Ray Nov 16, 2014

    Thumbs up.

  • 8.5
    LeviofDoom Nov 29, 2013

  • 8.5
    Deckard Apr 21, 2014

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    Cablev94 May 30, 2015

  • 8.0
    SwampyCA Dec 27, 2014

  • 7.5
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