The Manhattan Projects #20: Review

The brother Oppenheimers are still at war with each other — even if that war is more cerebral than actual. And issue #20 of The Manhattan Projects takes readers even deeper down this family rabbit hole.

Here’s the official word from Image:

High stakes as the imagined reality of the Mad Oppenheimers finally collides with the Manhattan Projects proper.

For those of you who’ve followed The Manhattan Projects for a while now, you know that we took a left ManhattanProjects20-Coverturn away from plot a a few issues ago. Or, maybe better put, the more traditional plot to this series went on hold — the one where the scientific team responsible for the atomic bomb was busy responding to real drama in real time. Well, more recently, writer Jonathan Hickman has taken readers on a lovely (if not always cogent) tangent featuring twin brothers Joseph and Robert Oppenheimer. Yes, they want to kill each other, and with issue #20 we come to see this epic sibling battle is capable of taking place across both space and time. While seemingly tethered in a “real” here-and-now, where the brothers are trading verbal jabs and drinking vodka, various versions of themselves are busy killing one another in alternate universes, or planets, or, actually, I just don’t know. This is to say, the plot doesn’t always follow a clear thread, but it’s wild enough that I loved the ride despite myself.

Nick Pitarra’s art style is almost as quirky as Hickman’s writing style. A blend between old-fashioned cartoons and hyper-realism, he’s found a knack for capturing the insane mood of this book and seems to take particular joy in depicting the random worlds  Hickman has created. Together, this creative team is a joy to behold.

The Manhattan Projects continues to be a creative and engaging read. And I’m not embarrassed to say I continue to love the book even if I don’t always know what the hell is going on.

+ Wild, Violent, and Fun - Not Always Sure What the Hell is Going On

S#!T Talking Central

  • white guy

    It was the two Einsteins that were drinking together. The comic is pretty hard to follow sometimes, but this review seems like it was based off the description and the preview pages.

  • jackanape

    The author obviously put minimal effort in actually reading the comic. You may not be embarrassed to say you don’t know what’s going on but you should be for not being able to understand even the basic plot of the issue. Did you just look at the pretty pictures and smile to yourself Delgado? Do your job. Jesus Christ man.