Sunday, March 1, 2015

Comic Review: Manifest Destiny Volume 2

    Picking up where volume 1 (read my review here) left off, Manifest Destiny’s second volume continues the story of Lewis & Clark, Sacagawea, and the rest of the Corps of Discovery as they explore the horror filled lands of the Louisiana Purchase.  In this volume, they face more strange creatures, and stresses from within the group.  But they also find more pieces to a slowly unraveling puzzle.  The arch found in volume 1 is not the only arch.  And the locals know enough to stay clear.  Are they the cause of the strange creatures?  Or a related symptom?  Time will (I assume) tell.

    All of the things I liked about the first volume remain true for the second.  Cool creatures (gross creatures), weird ideas, solid art, and a general mood that I respond well to.  And the development of the various characters, not just Lewis and Clark, but also crewmen and others, helps keep the pages turning as sure as the action and danger.  A lot has been introduced in these first two volumes.  I’m hoping it all comes to something.  And I can’t wait to find out what that something might be.

    For those looking outside the realm of spandex heroes, who have an interest in alternate history, Manifest Destiny is a must read.

Manifest Destiny Volume 2: Amphibia &Insecta
Author: Chris Dingess
Artist: Matthew Roberts, etc.
Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN: 978-1-63215-052-3

-Matthew J. Constantine

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