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The Manhattan Projects, Vol 2: They Rule (The Manhattan Projects #2)

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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
May 31, 2013 Forrest rated it it was amazing
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
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Jul 07, 2015 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, image
Bullet Review:


What is with me, reading all this super-depraved stuff?

Oh well, this at least hit me in the right mood to enjoy the crazy insanity that is Hickman.

Need to smoke some weed with this guy. I can only imagine what he would come up - no, I couldn't imagine. Not in my wildest days.

Graphic and violent - squeamish beware!!!
Jesse A
Sep 08, 2015 Jesse A rated it it was amazing
More than once while reading this volume I thought to myself "Man, this is crazy balls insane!" The art is different but completely adds to the experience. Just outstanding!!!
Feb 08, 2015 Donovan rated it it was amazing
A great if more fucked up, more twisted continuation of Volume 1. The Americans behind the Manhattan Projects work with the Russians to master space flight in an attempt to wrestle power away from U.S. and Russian governments and more importantly secret world superpowers. Naturally a very intense bloody and graphic war breaks out between the (for the sake of simplicity) Manhattan Projects and superpowers. Guess who wins. I wish there had been more main plot following the war instead of quick fal ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
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
Sam Quixote
Apr 10, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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!
Marc Kozak
Apr 21, 2013 Marc Kozak rated it really liked it
So at some point, this happens:

Another awesome collection from the best ongoing comic on the stands.
Jan 25, 2014 Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Apr 04, 2013 Nicholas rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Well. This couldn't be going better for me.

First off: Laika!!! Then: Oppenheimer (view spoiler) ...which made me happier than it should have, maybe.

I feel like a toasty pig in a barnyard of sh*t right now, I don't know what else to say.
Jun 25, 2015 Tays rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best-so-far
Gradually the series hits it off on where the previous volume left it and slowly it builds a foothold on the story it wants to tell. Science, Bad shows us a few little introduction to the characters and the main plot, but in They Rule we see a little more conflict and a little more arguments that may or may not be of help it showing us what the story means to tell. The storytelling is second to none for being brilliant and at the same time honest to all the science stuff. The fiction of it all i ...more
Drown Hollum
Aug 14, 2015 Drown Hollum rated it it was amazing
"This ain't America. This is Los Alamos."

Alright, I'm convinced, this book is genius.

The historical re-imaginings walk a beautiful, clever line, imbuing this title with a gross charm that is impossible to overlook. Nazis, Russian reds, cannibalistic psychopaths, these are our heroes, and it doesn't matter how despicable they are, for they represent the united front of scientific knowledge. Science is power, and it is those with the power who truly rule the world. The themes of the book become c
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
May 24, 2013 Zoli rated it liked it
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 really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Mar 19, 2015 Kendal rated it liked it
I'm not sure how much I actually enjoy this series but it is so batshit insane that I can't help but admire it.
Oct 22, 2014 Paige rated it liked it
Oh dear I didn't hate this one and I found it pretty interesting. The gore and meaningless violence is still a little too much for me to handle. The story was so interesting in this one that the problems I had with the first one seemed a whole lot smaller. I like to learn about real history, but I love to hear about alternate histories and to think what if. So the fact that the story has moved into Kennedy's time period and the space race is so exciting to me. I'm not completely sold on this ser ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Dlotempio rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Manhattan Projects Volume 2
Book by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra

Curious about the merits of Jonathon Hickman, I picked up the first two volumes of this sci-fi history series. Hickman and Pitarra carry on the grand tradition of authors such as Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut.

World War II becomes a crucible for scientific exploration. The pressure to win provides opportunities for scientists of all political inclinations to push their studies farther. As the scientific cabal of the Manha
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Nov 20, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
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.
Aug 29, 2015 Michel rated it really liked it
Hoezodatzo, Manhatten Projects? Er is er toch maar één geweest, het R&D-project voor atoombommen tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog?

Ha, wel: Jonathan Hickman (Pax Romana, East of West, Nightly News, …) gaat ervan uit dat het ene Manhatten-project dat wij kennen maar een dekmantel was voor véél meer.

Extra dimensies! Alternatieve universa! Nazi’s en communisten! Krankzinnige wetenschappers! Psychopaten! Sprekende honden! Cyborgs! Aliens! The Manhattan Projects heeft ze allemaal, en het is dan nog
Jul 19, 2014 Ollie rated it really liked it
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
Sep 13, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2013
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.
Oct 19, 2013 Ria rated it it was ok
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.
Jan Potměšil
Feb 01, 2016 Jan Potměšil rated it liked it
Tohle asi nebude komiks pro mne. Nemám rád, když čtu věc na pokračování u které musím čekat, až prostě začne být vážně dobrá (a já nepopírám, že tahle série ten potenciál má). Moc postav, žádná pořádná zápletka. Celé to na mne působí jako slet cool nápadů, které působí v aktuálním čísle vtipně a zajímavě. Navíc díky funkčním prologům a epilogům, které jsou z toho důvodu vytvořeny (což mi nikdo nevymluví). Když se to ale čte jako celé volume, tak je to prostě slabé. Třetí book prozatím vynechám. ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
The Manhattan Projects series continues its brain-bending weirdness with Volume 2: They Rule, which features an unholy alliance between the Americans and Soviets (and the few Nazi scientists they've quietly absorbed into their numbers). The addition of the Russkies to the ranks allows for the introduction of my new favorite character Laika, the cosmodog, whose presence allows for the best throwaway line of this volume: "Mystic arts be damned, a dog with a machine gun is always problematic!"

May 06, 2014 waits4thebus rated it liked it
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
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