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The Manhattan Projects, Vol. 2: They Rule (The Manhattan Projects #6-10)

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The second amazing volume of the SCIENCE, BAD book of the new millennium. The battle for global supremacy is underway and the bad men of the Manhattan Projects will only accept one outcome: World domination

Collecting issues #6-10 the coolest new series of the year into one super science package.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published April 17th 2013 by Image Comics
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Some silly people think that the moon landing was faked. They don’t realize that there was a much larger story. It was all part of a secret alliance between the American Manhattan Projects and Soviet space program after they discovered that Earth was about to be invaded by aliens. And of course President Harry Truman was the head of a secret society that really controlled the world, and they worried that the expanding scientific power being gathered could usurp their power so a conflict erupts. ...more
So far, my favorite comic of all time. Yes, it might get eclipsed at some future date, but for now, wow, you can't get any better. This volume puts the focus on Helmutt Grottrup, German rocket scientist and general whipping boy for whatever regime happens to be in power. I'm waiting for the day he finally cracks and punches his bullies on the jaw. We are also introduced to the cabal that rules the world (I'm not kidding) and the Manhattan Projects members struggles with them. Yuri Gagarin plays ...more
First off I should mention that the 4-star rating I've given this book is what I'm most leaning towards. Reading this series, I picture Jonathan Hickman in front of a Manhattan Projects blender (just go with it) and, issue after issue, he keeps adding more and more stuff until - once turned on - the blender just sends all this s**t everywhere, and Hickman, even though he's got BOTH hands on the cover, can't keep the s**t from spilling out & over...

I guess what I'm trying to say, through a
Volume 2 of The Manhattan Projects continues to be a mix of awesome and offputting; and I am of two minds about it. Mind 1, what did you think?

Mind 1 (from its glass jar): I enjoy the gonzo-ness still, with the Russians having these jelly-fish(-like) headed robots reverse-engineered after the Tunguska blast, and robot FDR animating an army of killer robots, and Blue Oppenheimer fighting Red Oppenheimer in his brain. Mind 2?

Mind 2 (dispersed in an structured cloud of unknowing): I don't know, but
Marc Kozak
So at some point, this happens:

Another awesome collection from the best ongoing comic on the stands.
Still brilliantly written, but loses a little of its focus. This volume is awkwardly divided with the first half devoted to developing an alternate background to the traditional narrative of the Cold War and the power struggle behind the scenes between the Projects group and a sort-of Illuminati cabal that controls the world and a second half delving into the shattered mind of J. Robert Oppenheimer. While politically interesting, the conflict in the first half is resolved abruptly and quickly wi ...more
The Manhattan Projects is nearly as good as the first volume. Nearly. By derailing into a power struggle between traditional sources of power and the scientists, who'd rather ignore the Cold War in their work, I felt like Hickman was getting off track of the things that made the first volume so successful. And it's really disappointing that the end result doesn't seem to do much to change the status quo. I've seen at least one other reviewer suggest that it was done, more than anything, to free ...more
The cracked-out alt-history continues in this volume of The Manhattan Projects. I felt that it lost some steam coming off of the first one, but the whole super-secret-ritualistic-cabal taking over the world part was somehow both horrifying and hilarious. To have Harry S. Truman declaring that they'll have to postpone the orgy in order to deal with political stuff is something that feels like it's practically straight out of Mel Brooks. Or Dr. Strangelove.

I was a bit confused by the addition of
Is a scientist responsible for the evil that might come out of their work? Or is a scientist just a scientist and his only puropse is to deal with science, not caring what might come out of their findings? So, does something evil based on a scientific discovery leave the scientist behind the discovery a good person, or does it make them evil as well? And, what if scientific work was not only used to create evil, but if scientists themselves WERE actually evil and working towards world domination ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Rick rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The second installment of Hickman's extraordinary secret history begins immediately after the climatic conclusion of the previous volume. The physicists of the Manhattan Project meet their Soviet counterparts in a twisted vision of the Cold War. Hickman and artist Patarra seamlessly merge the eschewed visions of Oppenheimer, Einstein, Feyman, Fermi, Von Braun, Gröttrup, and Daghlian within the exceedingly cracked reality of the 1950s. Ritual sacrifices, orgies, super science, magick, violence, g ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Andy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I re-read the first volume last night as it's been a while and found it just as thrilling. I'm slightly less impressed with the second volume which loses some of that taut storytelling, instead settling for a massive expansion of the plot in a completely different way to expected. It's impressive in scope but perhaps not what I was wanting.

Still, batshit crazy is still very much an adequate descriptionand there are some great moments. This ends on a new direction which has been previously hinted
Thom Foolery
Whiskey tango foxtrot? This was a colorful, inventive, absolute clusterf*ck of a comic that might be about the ethical quandaries involved in the Big Science of the Cold War. Or it might just be a geek's fever dream. Who knows? That's part of the problem. Is the writer just too smart for me to figure out? Maybe, but I doubt it. Instead it seems like this comic generates a lot of heat, but not much light.
Sam Quixote
Einstein with a machine gun. Inside Oppenheimer's head. Robot FDRs. Jonathan Hickman's best comic continues marvellously in this superb second volume. Full review here!
After the events of Volume 1, the team at Manhattan Projects (and what a grotesque team it is) has come out victorious. They have won over their adversaries (both earthly and extraterrestrial), but now what? Where is the next challenge? Well, among themselves of course! We have come to know the players of the Manhattan Projects (and even come to love some of them), so now we can put the formalities behind us and really dig into the story. This is a good thing too, because it’s safe to say that V ...more
I really enjoyed this, probably not quite as much as I did the first volume, but that could be due to the fact that I'm just not sure if I can wrap my head around the story... Regardless, it's fascinating work.
Bizarre and unique, making it deserving of praise... but I wasn't really engaging with this volume, as the oddness was a touch alienating. Think I'll bid this series farewell.
Forget the hype of Saga, this is still the best series currently coming out from Image.
INSANE. This book is completely insane. I can't explain everything that has happened because I'm still processing it. Take scientific achievement during the last century (Nuclear Weapons, space exploration, etc.), frame them in historical events (WWII, etc.) and then fill in all the blank spots with complete insanity (Mexican Wrestler Finance Czars, Masonic human sacrifice, Psychic Monks, wormhole travel, robots, cyborgs), and sprinkle the whole slurry with Nazis, Russian Cosmonauts, and a seria ...more
If you like stories that are just outright bizarre, this series is for you. We get introduced to a few more crazy characters in this volume (hi Laika!) and the story just gets crazier and weirder. But I like it. Helmutt's plot line was kind of weak, and the artwork still makes me go from the beautiful minimalist chapter breaks (the minimalist cover art is what drew me to the comic in the first place) into the sketch-like style is frustrating. But OH OPPENHEIMER. Definitely my favorit ...more
This series is a total guilty pleasure. Albert Einstein in a t-shirt and bandolier blasting away at an army of jellyfish-headed robots with a five foot machine-gun whilst shouting "Aim for ze heads, Richard! Ze heads!" to Richard Feynman ... you either love or hate such things.

I started with Vol. 2 for some reason, but the non-linear nature of the narrative is such that it didn't seem to matter a whole lot. Basically every single historic figure from 20th century physics has been re-imagined as
I gave this 3.5 stars.

Famous Men in Science of the past are represented in alternate (for the most part) egos. They're EVIL. They've built horrible machines, all off the backs of tortured humans. (Machines have been reverse engineered from alien discoveries (Tungska and Roswell). For example, there's the TORII GATE, which is powered by "Death Buddhists"; problem is, they keep dying.

Men mentioned: Daghlian, Leslie Groves, FDR in a box, JFK, Robert Oppenheimer (and his twin), Fermi, Helmut Grottr
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Where does he come up with this? It's so bonkers insane I'm amazed at the creativity. In this volume, the Manhattan Project group teams up with their Russian Star City counterparts, which leads to some... unpleasantness with their respective governments. Saying more will spoil it, although the presence of Laika and Gagarin are surprising highlights. So many people defamed in one collection... but shockingly dark and funny in the blackest of ways. Poor Grottrupp...
Possibly even better than volume 1! Hickman amps up the action and widens the scope of the story, but narrowing the point of volume 2 we follow the trials and tribulations of Helmutt Grottrup, a fugitive Nazi scientist who once worked with and was abused by Von Braun. Grottrup ends up being captured by the Russians and shipped to Star City, where he becomes a slave forced to utilize his genius to elevate the scientific achievements of Mother Russia. Much like the Manhattan Project bene ...more
Brandon Forsyth
How much do I like this series? I am literally running, not walking, to a store today to buy all of the other volumes and catch up on whatever sprawling genius epic madness that Mr. Hickman has unleashed over the past few years here. This is a no-limits, genre-defying, mindfuck alternate history masterpiece that has me completely enthralled. Highly recommended.
Once again, I couldn't help but wonder about this comic as I read this volume. Like the last one, I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. Like, there's something about it that just bothers me, and I couldn't tell you if it's the art or if it's the story/writing itself. But both the first and second volumes, I almost wanted to put them down after the first few pages, but by the end of these things--so help me--I love them. They've got me wanting and waiting for the next volume because they're so oddl ...more
Still really enjoying the insanity of this series, though I am beginning to wonder where it is going to go. The first collection was gleeful setup to this crazy universe and while the second collection deepens the world a bit, it feels like more setup mode. We meet new characters and introduce new conflicts, rather than building on what was already there. This is fine for still being (presumably) early in the series, but I am ready to dig down some more into the people we've met so far. What mak ...more
Brian Longtin
Love the premise: cabal of super-genius scientists like Einstein et. al. going rogue and working on sci-fi style projects and also kicking ass. But the art is off-putting and the storytelling feels sloppy and shiftless. Don't think I'll be continuing with this series.
Talk Comix
I found the start of this book to be quite weak. I quite enjoyed the first one but this didnt match up for me. Sadly this is my dropping off point. I will say it did get better as the book went on but just wasnt enough for me. Still love Hickman
A brilliant second book, same great art with red and blue imagery. Oppenheimer at the end is was saved the book, it was starting to feel a bit slow until he has his great few pages. I'm hoping Einstein gets a little more focus too.
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