Wednesday, 10 June 2015

So I Read The Manhattan Projects Volume 5

A 250 word (or less) review of The Manhattan Projects fifthcollection
by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra, Jordie Bellaire, and Rus Wooton; Image Comics

The Manhattan Projects is an ongoing comic. To read a review of Vol. 1 go here.

As a real-life scientists I find The Manhattan Projects an insulting and unrealistic smear job, but as a comic reader I find it to be andelightfully entertaining comic. While The Manhattan Projects might be a hideous caricature of Science, the one thing it gets right is that it's always about what comes next. Real, ethical Scientists are always pushing, trying to find that next idea or thing that will benefit humankind. Volume 5 of The Manhattan Projects is also a quest for what comes next: the mission to save poor Laika, the lost space exploring dog; the struggles to co-opt the US government; the tension with the alien force behind the Soviet Government; and a multiverse safari. It is a fresh take on Mad Science and a great continuation of what has come before in The Manhattan Projects. It's as hilarious, weird, inappropriate, and chillingly believable as the true history the comic parallels. As a comic reader I highly recommend it. As a Scientist I have to point out a factual error: the Einsteins conclude that a dirigible monster shot with incendiary rounds cannot hold Noble gasses since it did not burn. This is wrong because Noble gasses are so named for their chemically inert nature, due to their full valence orbitals, and cannot oxidize and burn. Their results instead indicate that the dirigible beasts DO contain Noble gasses. I expect better accuracy from my Mad Science Exploitation comics. C'mon guys.

Word count: 241

Post by Michael Bround


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