By Anna Greenberg
Manifest Destiny #14
Writer: Chris Dingess
Artist: Matthew Roberts
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: April 22, 2015
Rating: 10 out of 10
One of the crew goes missing as the men make first contact with an unbelievable new civilization…
If you’ve ever wanted to see what would happen if the love child of Cookie Monster and Big Bird developed a taste for human flesh, this is the book for you! Manifest Destiny continues to be an adventure as Lewis and Clark head deeper into the unknown.
The characters feel like real people – They make their own problems worse, don’t get along, and are incredibly endearing, even as they’re torn to pieces by horrific monsters. They don’t fall neatly into tropes. This leads into some glorious fights between the characters.
Roberts’ art is very clean and crisp with a wide color range, highlighting both the vast unexplored wilderness and the rancid, gaping wounds the wilderness imparts. The panels have clever layouts, playing with gutters and panel shapes to accentuate events. Facial expressions are spot on, and there’s a real attention to detail.
Also, there are some seriously messed up monsters – who doesn’t like messed up monsters?
Manifest Destiny continues to be one of my favorite books on the market. If you’re not already reading it, take a step into unknown territory and give it a chance!