Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Pitarra
Having seemingly surfaced out of nowhere, Jonathan Hickman’s Manhattan Projects is a bizarre romp through the atomic age that sees historical figures we've read about for decades in text books get disassembled by a surreal plot involving aliens, alternate dimensions, and head-scratching sci-fi themes.
Writer Jonathan Hickman's wild imagination gives birth to Einstein, the foul-mouthed drunk; the evil twin brother of Robert Oppenheimer; a half-robot Nazi scientist working for the U.S.; and the computerized spirit of F.D.R. who is still giving orders well beyond his expiration date. All of these misfits are given access to some of the most expensive and advanced technology the world has ever seen, and none of them seem too altruistic about any of it.
Artist Nick Pitarra adds an otherworldly quality to every page as his pencils have a Moebius-esque look to them, which, for the uninitiated, is a very good thing. This creative team is pumping out one of the most impressive comics we have seen in a long time, and it further drives the point home that while DC and Marvel compete for dominance in sales, Image already won the battle for creativity.