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Manhattan Projects #1 Gets 2nd Printing Before It Hits Shelves

The Manhattan Projects Jonathan Hickman’s latest release, The Manhattan Projects #1, will be on comic shop shelves on March 7th, but the issue has sold out at the distributor level before that date had even arrived. So, before the book even makes it into any reader’s hands it has already gotten the green light to go back to the presses for a second printing. In case you do not get your hands on The Manhattan Projects #1 First edition on Wednesday, then you’ll just have to make sure you get the second printing scheduled for April 4, 2012, the same date the second issue will be released.

If this is the first you are hearing of this book, you may be wondering what this book is all about that has garnered so much attention. In fact, even if you saw Bleeding Cool’s “Not-Quite-A-Preview preview” of the issue in February, you still may be wondering what this book is about. In an interview with iFanboy, Jonathan Hickman laughed while reflecting on The Manhattan Projects, “Jonathan destroys the reputation of real people is what it is.” But when Nick Pitarra, the artist on the project who also worked with Hickman on The Red Wing was asked by Multiversity Comics to reveal how he would describe the book, he gave a bit more:

Really, it’s kind of an over-the-top semi-absurd take on the Manhattan Project. For people that don’t know, the Manhattan Project was basically the government creating a program to build the atomic bomb, so it was a project paperclip where the government was after all these brilliant minds: Feynman, Einsten, Wernher von Braun, who is a rocket scientist and a Nazi actually. They got all these guys together, and Oppenheimer, to build the atomic bomb, so our Manhattan Projects is all these characters and all these personalities — we’re taking tidbits from history and mixing and playing with it and having a good time with the characters.

Finally, if you are looking for the most official write-up out there, here’s the blurb being passed around by the good people at Image Comics, the publishers of the book:

In THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, he [Hickman] creates an alternate history in which the the U.S. government’s development of an atomic bomb is a front for bringing together the world’s brightest minds for something even more dangerous. The Second World War rages underground in ways the public can never imagine, and the men of The Manhattan Projects are the United States’ last and best defense against the supernatural forces of the Axis powers.

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS is a monthly, full-color comic book, available in comic book stores and multiple digital platforms.

Put that all together and it is easy to understand how this ongoing series has gained this level of hype.

So don’t be the one to miss it! Whether it is March 7th, April 4th, or you download a digital version of the book, the only way you can be a part of the conversation about it is to read it!

Red Spike Miniseries TPB in March

Red Spike TPB coverAfter 70 years of research, the United States government has finally created a Super Soldier and, in Jeff Cahn’s miniseries Red Spike, two of them survive the Red Spike program to show us what it’s all about. Matt Cutler and Greg Dane have had their brains tinkered with and adrenal glands manipulated, all in the name of superior performance. As the two are in the field, it becomes evident that not all is equal between them. When the scientists step in once again to “upgrade” Greg in issue one, it already seems evident that they don’t know what they are dealing with.

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As the series continues and the the two Super Soldier friends find themselves in a battle of their own, the questions about the Red Spike program that created them continue to rise.

One of the questions that tends to pop into my mind is when the heck super scientists are going to figure out that humans are flawed and that making them super soldiers doesn’t always add up to them being super obedient? I was really happy to see that Jeff Cahn answered a similar question back in a November interview for MTV Geek:

Geek: Why can’t Army scientists in stories like this learn that if you create a bunch of super soldiers, at least one of them is going to go off the reservation?

Cahn: [Laughs]. Because then there wouldn’t be any good super-soldier stories. But to try to seriously answer your question, I think it’s man’s nature to always push the envelope. Be it physically or intellectually, we are always trying to achieve more. This is what allows us to create amazing things like skyscrapers and airplanes and space stations. But sometimes we don’t fully understand the ramifications of what we do.

I think the scientists in these stories are really smart and have gotten where they are by understanding the world and how things work in it. So there’s some arrogance there, where they believe that they’ve covered all the angles and that they have a solution to any problem that may arise, when in fact they don’t. It’s a “man’s reach exceeds his grasp” situation that gets blown out to the nth degree because of how smart Fairfield is and what it is he’s trying to grasp.

In five issues, Jeff Cahn provides a complete action story with a great arc to keep you turning the pages. It’s full of scientific arrogance, flawed humanity and pushing the envelope in all directions. He is helped along by the art of Salvador Navarro, and your eye has probably already been drawn to a number of the Red Spike covers created by none other than Mark Texeira (Wolverine, Punisher). On March 14th the entire series will be collected into a trade paperback, which will include gallery pages of the Mark Texeira cover art and some additional story material in the form of diary entries from Doctor Fairfield, the creator of the Red Spike program.

If you have missed this entire series, then take a sneak peek at the first issue for free on the Benaroya Publishing site while you wait for the TPB to be released from Image Comics.

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