Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny: A Penny Dreadful Review

            In the early 1800s, the United States of America purchased a giant, mysterious block of land. Tasked with recording and cataloguing this wilderness, Lewis and Clark explored parts of what would become the western United States. Of course, the historical journals we are taught about in school neglect to mention a tribe of enormous bison/human hybrids, parasitic plant zombies, and other unseemly creatures…
            Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics have combined to produce a fascinating take on American history. Behold: Manifest Destiny. The brainchild of Chris Dingess, who must be a very twisted person, this comic is unlike anything you have ever seen. There’s a secret mission, lots of action, and more than a nod to American History. Yes, Sacagawea is a character in the comic, and she is even more badass than her non-fictitious historical counterpart.
            This strange and engrossing story is brought to life by the dynamic art of Matthew Roberts and the vivid, almost tropical, colorwork of Owen Gieni. The dialogue almost isn’t necessary. Each panel is gorgeous, awe-inspiring, terrifying, or all three.
            I give Manifest Destiny four and a half gears out of five. While not exactly a Steampunk title, it is an alternative history worth having. I highly recommend this comic.


Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,

Penny J. Merriweather