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The Manhattan Projects, Vol. 5: The Cold War

(The Manhattan Projects #5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  975 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
It's the fifth volume of the world's greatest secret science history, The Manhattan Projects. The Cold War reveals the dark days of the 'real' Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of an American President, and the end of the Manhattan Projects-Star City alliance.

Collecting: The Manhattan Projects 21-25
Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Image Comics (first published November 9th 2014)
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Sean Gibson
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This series, and this volume in particular, is like a barium enema—on the surface (or, I guess, well below the surface, once it gets where it’s going), it’s simultaneously intriguing and uncomfortable, but, when you’re done, you’re left scratching your head, wondering what all the fuss was about, shifting uncomfortably in your seat, and thinking maybe you should have just gone for the cinnamon scone instead. Then, you realize that it’s weird that you’re at a place that serves both barium enemas ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just when I was worried that this series would go "off the rails" and become "supergenius scientists . . . in SPAAAAACE!", along comes Lyndon B. Johnson and JFK to ground things back in . . . well, reality isn't quite right. In fact, it's completely wrong. Like previous volumes of this outstanding series, we deal with extradimensional entities and even watch as Einstein, Einstein, and Feynman travel through the interstices of our dimensions. But what make this volume unique from the others is th ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Again, with the insanity, though to be honest, it's starting to wear a bit thin, and oh lordy, has it changed so much from Project Gaia, Project Vulcan, Project Ares.

Also...are there any named females in this world? That do anything? Besides (I believe) the dog? No? Women just...don't exist?
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was pretty different from the previous volumes, it felt a lot more crammed and rushed, and it was pretty far into the volume until we got some of the red and blue flashbacks that have become a stable of this series. But over all this was still as off the wall and as enjoyable as ever.
Peter Derk
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I'll be honest, it's too long between volumes for me to keep track of what the fuck is going on in this series. It's like East of West that way. If I go a couple months without reading, I don't remember shit. Who was doing what? Where? Why? How is pretty much out of the question in this book, but those other ones apply, and I don't have any answers.

It's stil enjoyable as a book, and I think the real problem is not reading the volumes close enough together and reading other stuff in between. So i
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sorry, but they are totally fucking this up... They are trying to spice up the quirkiness/craziness, but in the process they botched up everything..

You see just about everything that you can think of popping up in this episode.. and I mean everything: three headed animals, dog with legs, flabbered JFK assassination,... you name it, they've got it :D

No, this definitely wasn't what I was hoping for..
Who knows.. Their hiatus might do MP some good.. We'll just have to wait and see.

Next up though: MP
Alex Haider-winnett
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Unquestionable Machismo" indeed. Now in the 1960's, the Cold War has moved from theoretical to practical. These men who were united in the struggle for science haven broken apart. And we see the Projects spreading globally.

Laika is lost in space. The Torii between Star City and Los Alamos has be closed. Kennedy is in-over-his head and about to loose it. LBJ plots with cock-sure confidence. Che and Castro have been brought in to keep the peace. The Einsteins and Feynman are colonizing the Multiv
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Twisted, warped, depraved, ... and I mean all that in a GOOD way! :)
Kyle Berk
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this volume suffers from Oppenheimer's absence. He was killed at the end of the last volume and I don't think there is enough of the Einstein doppelganger's to make up for it.

Some new characters are introduced and it isn't enough to make up for the old ones's being gone. There is still some great stuff here like the two Generals setting up a new regime with LBJ but this volume is the weakest of the Manhattan Projects I've read so far. But with the multiverse being explored i think there
There is a LOT going on in The Manhattan Projects. I am starting to lose track a bit. However, this volume has much more Laika than the last one, so it is a success. And (view spoiler)

Laika is best one.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
"My point is, you have to stop being afraid of dangerous things. Some people spend their entire lives locked in a room because they think it's safe."

I have to admit, at some point this volume lost me. There a bits and pieces of it that felt out of place, then again this volume was a start of something new for the title what with out Oppenheimer roaming around as a main antagonist and all that. But even so, it had it's straight up brilliant storytelling somewhere. The narratives Einstein/Feynman
David Schwan
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The plot seems to have lightened up slightly in this installment of the story (if going from really dark to less dark but still really dark). The outer space plot arc has some interesting twists. The Einstein's and Feynman explore other dimensions. Lastly LBJ takes a central role in the plot (I suspect he is the one person standing at the end). As usual great graphics though maybe a touch down in quality versus the other volumes in the series.
Dale Grauman
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-all
They started to lose me with volume 4. I was disappointed with the cruel anti-climax of the Oppenheimer narrative, and I have been disappointed with the Einstein/Feynman narrative as well.

Volume 5 was an improvement, and I generally enjoyed what progress was made here. Lyndon Johnson has been a fun addition.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
JFK, Castro, Ché, Lee Harvey and LBJ...oh my. Add that to the meta effed up scientists and a long lost Soviet Canine Cosmonaut and you have, still, only scratched the surface....all aboard the Crazy this series!
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Getting better again. After the disappointment of the Oppenheimer plot, things are getting nice and weird again.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for the emotional whirlpool the end of this story gave me. If you want a more objective review I'll have to read it again :P.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, comic-volumes
If it wasn't for my slight fixation on finishing series' after I begin them, I would have stopped reading this puzzling story a while ago. Oh well, only one more volume to go.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my favorite one so far! We get to see JFK, Johnson, Castro, and what happens with the Cold War. The Manhattan Projects have been fractured with the American side joining up with Johnson and the Russians getting infected by aliens (that's what happened right?). We also got the other stuff with Laika being in space, which that first issue was the funniest. We got the Einsteins going through other dimensions and visiting different versions of Earth. Really what more could you ask for? I th ...more
Drown Hollum
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hickman's weird adventure forges on, with one of the wildest volumes yet. The storytelling here was a little less focused, and felt like an in-between arc. I'm sure these threads pay off in a big way (given where Von Braun, Yuri, the Einsteins and Feynman find themselves) but the star of the show was JFK's assassination. You just gotta love Hickman's abuse of American history, and Pitarra's absolute irreverence in illustrating such brutality. Manhattan projects is still smart, and a lot of fun, ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Not exactly funny but certainly grotesque and cynical. It appears since last I read one of these, they’ve grown on me. It feels about right that the folks who were key players in the building of the liberal world order would be monsters.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
Dumb and funny and smart and gratuitous.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This took quite a turn but it's still really great. Regime change and fluid alliances.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
2.5 Stars
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This volume feels like a bridge to another phase in the series and, as such, it's a little disjointed and awkward. The art doesn't seem to be as kinetic and the JFK storyline in particular just feels a little too ridiculous, even despite what's come before it.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
I'm not sure why I'm still reading this series...probably because I feel obligated to finish things after starting them. All The Manhattan Projects is is a giant "what not to do" tutorial for anyone interested in either alternate history or science fiction. The worldbuilding is nonexistent, the characters are bland and generic, nothing interesting or sensible is done with any of the real-world figures or real-life incidents depicted, and, perhaps most damning of all, the titular Manhattan Projec ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Can't believe it actually took me this long to notice that the only character in this book that isn't a white male is the dog, but at least she gets a chapter to herself recounting her adventures in space. She's a bit of a pioneer, because the mad bad science is on an outward trajectory, to other worlds and other realities, even as it consolidates power on Earth, losing Star City to an alien infestation that has taken over Russia. There's a lot of pondering the relative morality or lack thereof ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
And just after my muted reaction to volume 4, Hickman completely changes gear again, setting up an entirely new direction, completely changing the status quo and generally playing havoc with history.

For the most part I liked it. I'm more interested right now in the space side of things with Laika in particular. I've no idea what's going on with the Einsteins and Feynmen and I'm not sure if I missed it but why/when did Daghlian become a messiah? I'm clearly too tired to be reading this right now.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This series is endless reckless fun with science. So many stories warn about the abuses of going to far with technology, but so few revel in the weirdness of the potential. And while none of the characters are admirable people, the continuously sticky jams they manage to get themselves into (and then back out of) while just poking and prodding the boundaries of their existence is highly entertaining. For instance, in this volume, we find out what really happened at the Kennedy assassination. The ...more
Benny Morduchowitz
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't love the first two trades, but I was very intrigued. Volumes 3 and 4 were superb, as the first two had consisted of extensive set-up.

This volume was more of a return to earlier narrative form, and seemed to establish the future of the series. Things look like they're going to be interesting and amazingly bonkers, but it all felt like set-up. The characters here are all so strong, and it felt like we just got momentary flashes telling us what comes next.

I get it, but now I'm just impati
Travis Duke
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Losing steam that's for sure. I liked this sci fi adventure when it started but after the Einstein vs. Oppenheimer battle it lost all direction. Laika the dog is wandering around space while the countries on earth are now deciding there treaty with the space city is a farce. Kennedy sends LBJ to find out whats happening only to back stab America. Meanwhile Che and Casto are gambling only to have their brains switched. The Einstein twins are busy discovering other earths to who knows what end. Ov ...more
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