The Manhattan Projects #1

The Manhattan Projects #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Nick Pitarra Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 7, 2012 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 2
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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? What if the union of a generation's brightest minds was not a signal for optimism, but foreboding? What if everything... went wrong?

Welcome to THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the creators of THE RED WING.

Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and possibly the best new talent of the year, NICK PITARRA, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS is a look at history through a darker, much stranger, lens.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 7, 2012

    Jonathan Hickman strikes again. His work on FANTASTIC FOUR and FF have been great but there is something about creator-owned work where you get to see them really cut loose. Taking historical elements and adding a huge twist is a brilliant twist and offers a great deal of possibilities for future issues. There are plenty of developments that will get you hooked and make you hunger for the next issue. This is something new. It's something different. It's the perfect issue if you need a break from superheroes and tights. It's definitely plot driven but is crammed with glorious art by Nick Pitarra. I simply cannot wait for the next issue. I love when I get to read a comic that gets me this excited. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Zach Woolf Mar 12, 2012

    I was never entirely sure what was going to happen in this first issue; with the premise of alternate programs surrounding the creation of the atom bomb, the door seemed open wide with possibilities. Every part of this book, words, coloring, page layouts, Feynman's quotes, is crafted so that the story is king. The Manhattan Projects #1 is a very well done first issue that promises to shoot off big, and that is why I'm giving it 5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Mar 7, 2012

    I'm sure that some will argue with me that this book is notas good as I think it is, that it has a lot of potential but only sets thestage with this issue. They're not wrong, but those are the same points I wouldmake for its brilliance. The world of TheManhattan Projects comes across much bigger than this first issue and that'sno easy feat, yet the creative team has done it in one issue. The potential ofstories is limitless from this point and we didn't hang out and explain theorigin of all of the characters or the series of coincidences that placed ourteam together. Instead we were giving a mystery with loose answers alreadyexplained. If that's not a book you want to read then that's on you, the restof us that want the envelope of comic book storytelling pushed... will happily enjoythis comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - cgscreamer Mar 1, 2012

    This comic is fantastic fun and contains so many ideas and seeds that you can't help but be excited for the next issue. I'm gushing fanatically about it because it is that good! Read Full Review

  • 10
    iFanboy - Paul Montgomery Mar 7, 2012

    The Manhattan Projects is off to a tremendous start, one of the big concept author's strongest, most inventive opening chapters. Nothing is certain. Except infinite possibility. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Mar 7, 2012

    Overall, and as is the case with most Hickman projects (pardon the pun), The Manhattan Projects looks to be a series that will require some patience on the part of the reader as Hickman unfolds his grand master plan of a story, but as is the case with most Hickman projects, The Manhattan Projects will most likely end up being another of the great string of intelligent and worthwhile indie-like comics that Image Comics is renowned for these days. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Mar 8, 2012

    The Manhattan Projects #1 is a thrilling series debut, packed with alternate history, conspiracy theories, brutal slaughter, ninja robots, and super science. You're going to want to jump on this one early, because pretty soon everyone will be talking about it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Mar 8, 2012

    Hickman and Pitarra have crafted a book where I see the whole picture, but get lost in the little details. Even better, they've reminded me how much crazy fun you can have in comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Mar 8, 2012

    A very promising first issue. The idea of Hickman toying with the lost secrets of WWII research is tantalizing AND there is that whole "other plot twist" thing that introduces some conflict to the story. This should be a very good series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Mar 11, 2012

    Pitarra's art on The Red Wing was fairly clean, in keeping with the sci-fi elements of the book. His efforts here boast a grittier tone that reflects the harsher tone of the script and the action in the story. His art here looks a bit like a cross between the styles of Frank (All Star Superman) Quitely and Carlos (Just a Pilgrim) Ezquerra. He instills a harsh tone into just about every element in the book, characters and settings alike. In contrast, the Oppenheimer character at the centre of the story looks properly detached and unique as compared to the other elements. In a world where everything is big (including the general inviting him to join the Manhattan Projects), Oppenheimer is slight, even small, but he exudes control, and in that, we sense his power. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Keith Callbeck Mar 12, 2012

    As I said, I was not on the Hickman bandwagon before reading The Manhattan Projects. This has convinced me to take a look at more of his non-Marvel work right away (made easier by the digital omnibuses just released). As for The Manhattan Projects, I can't wait to explore the world Hickman and Pitarra are creating. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 12, 2012

    The story's off to a roaring start, and promises many more surprises ahead. Different, but in a good way. Recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - Andy Jul 23, 2013

    This great first issue is well structured, and the sequential writing and flow work hand in hand. The comedy is well-timed, and the "bumpy" pencil work by Nick Pitarra takes some getting used to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 9, 2012

    The bizarre notion of a scientific laboratory crossed with the warehouse shown at the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and a heaping helping of other oddities collected from across the mad rantings of science fiction's history paints a different background for the story of Robert Oppenheimer. It helps to have Oppenheimer interpreted as differently as Hickman has varied "The Manhattan Projects" from the actual Manhattan Project. This is a comic fit to burst with powerful design work and unexpected developments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 10, 2012

    This is an excellent concept and a terrifically executed book. There are a lot of horror books out there today, like Severed and Fatale, but this one shouldn't be missed. If you like some historical elements in a science fiction or horror book then this is one that shouldn't be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Mar 22, 2012

    I picked up The Manhattan Projects #1 on something of a whim, but it ended up being one of the best comics I read this week, and now Im onboard for at least the next few issues. Images hot streak continues. As for Jonathan Hickman, the style and inventiveness of his work here makes me curious about sampling his other creator-owned work: The Nightly News, Pax Romana, and particularly The Red Wing, as I hear thats another collaboration with Nick Pitarra. It also makes me want to revisit and possibly re-evaluate the work of his I've previously read.At last, it would seem, Ive joined the ranks of Jonathan Hickman fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Mar 8, 2012

    Two of the criterias for a successful first issue are a captivating story & a fascinating protagonist. It has to suck you in immediately. And this issue does that in spades. On another note, Id like to wish Image Comics a happy 20th anniversary! I feel like I should give a gift, but the truth is, Image has given me a gift with another sensational new title. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Mar 7, 2012

    For a setup issue, The Manhattan Projects #1 has a lot of things working for it. It's got quite a few out-there ideas, as well as a solid core focusing on the mentally-fractured Doctor Oppenheimer. However, we're yet to know what exactly the Manhattan Projects are. All we know thus far is that they're mysterious and secret. But since this is an ongoing series, there's plenty of time to build on that mystery and eventually deliver a satisfying payoff. When push comes to shove, The Manhattan Projects #1 should be satisfying enough to get you back for issue #2 next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Mar 9, 2012

    The Manhattan Projects isn't a triumph out of the gates, and it's not Hickman's strongest work, but it's certainly not boring, and the places it's leading to are definitely unknown. In a landscape of retreaded ideas and familiar characters, it's definitely worth sticking with. Read Full Review

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