This week I am going to talk about one of my favorite newer comics, Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny is put out by Image Comics under Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint. The latest issue is issue number ten, written and created by Chris Dingess with art by Matthew Roberts.
For those of you who have not yet read or heard about this series, it’s basically a historical fiction series. It’s set in 1804 in America and follows Lewis and Clark on their journey through the wilds of the untamed continent. While on this journey they discover some strange beasts, ranging from centaur-like buffalo creatures to plant zombies and giant bugs, and Lewis wants to capture and study as many as he can. This book plays with history, making Lewis and Clark secret agents for the government who are prepared for all the wilds may hold. Or at least they think they are. Sacagawea shows up, as she should, but as a young monster hunter and protector for the group, not just as its guide. The expedition team consists of soldiers, prisoners and, after the first few issues, survivors from a ruined fort.
As much as I love historically accurate fiction, every once in a while something that is completely made up gets through and sticks. This, because of the fantastic art work and perfectly written characters, gets through. The fact that there are epically cool monsters certainly helps.
This issue continues the second arc where the expedition is split into two. Captain Clark and a small band of men are on land trying to free the expedition’s boat, which contains the rest of the expedition and is under the command of Lewis. The boat is hung up on a strange arc, which we have seen before in the first issue and looks like the St. Louis arch. This issue deals with the aftermath of a giant mosquito attack, as a Manitoban they honestly were a little underwhelming in size, and finally we see Lewis and Clark pull a Sammy Jackson moment and start taking the fight to the creatures.
This book is a plain 5 out of 5 every time I buy it. I love this book; I pick it up as soon as I can every time it comes out. The art is fantastic and fits the book expertly. The story is creative and the characters are extremely well written. If you are not buying Manifest Destiny, you should be!