The Manhattan Projects
|The Manhattan Projects|
Cover to The Manhattan Projects #1-4.
Art by Nick Pitarra.
|Number of issues||22|
The Manhattan Projects is a comic book series co-created by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Nick Pitarra published by Image Comics. It is a story about an alternate history of the end of World War II in which the Manhattan Project was a front for other more esoteric science fiction ideas. The series is a monthly ongoing and began in March 2012 to much critical acclaim.
- Joseph Oppenheimer, an American physicist with multiple personalities; Robert Oppenheimer's evil twin brother
- Albrecht Einstein, an alcoholic German physicist; Albert Einstein's evil doppelganger
- Richard Feynman, an American physicist and wormholer
- Enrico Fermi, an alien disguised as an Italian physicist
- Harry Daghlian, an irradiated American physicist
- Wernher von Braun, a German rocket scientist with a robotic left arm
- Leslie Groves, a US Army lieutenant general who constantly smokes cigars and prefers the use of bombs in combat
- FDR: A.I., the artificial intelligence of the deceased American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Harry S. Truman, a Freemason and American president
- Yuri Gagarin, a hero Russian cosmonaut
- Laika, a Russian space dog who can speak and is much smarter than people think
- Helmutt Gröttrup, a German rocket scientist and slave
- Dmitriy Ustinov, a Russian Minister of Defense
- John F. Kennedy, American president
The Manhattan Projects has been collected into the following trade paperbacks:
|Vol. 1: Science Bad||The Manhattan Projects #1-5||ISBN 978-1-607066-08-8||In 1942, US Army lieutenant general Leslie Groves hires Joseph Oppenheimer, the murderous twin brother of Robert Oppenheimer, to work at the top-secret Manhattan Project. Groves is unaware of his true identity, or that Oppenheimer's mind has split into infinite fractal personalities that control him. There he meets scientists Enrico Fermi, Harry Daghlian, and Albert Einstein. After their laboratory is invaded by Japanese robots through a torii, president Franklin Roosevelt dies suddenly and his cells are used to develop an Artificial Intelligence to replace him. Wernher von Braun betrays the Nazis and joins the project. Joseph Oppenheimer kills an invading alien and eats its brains to gain the knowledge of space travel. The Enola Gay bombs Hiroshima and Japan surrenders.|
|Vol. 2: They Rule||The Manhattan Projects #6-10||ISBN 978-1-607067-26-9||Following the projects success with the atomic bomb, and the end of the second world war, the projects begin to turn their attentions towards advancing the human race. They secretly make an alliance with the Russian Government and catch the attention of the Illuminati, the secret rulers of the world lead by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.|
|Vol. 3: Building||The Manhattan Projects #11-15||ISBN 978-1-607067-53-5||This volume details the first half of Oppenheimer's master plan. With the Illuminati now completely destroyed save for the FDR AI, a simple question looms over the scientists of The Manhattan Projects, how are they going to govern the world? The Projects are split into three divisions with their own goals, Project Ares will deal with space exploration and colonisation, Project Vulcan will deal with the accumulation of renewable energy sources and Project Gaia will deal with perfecting the human condition. All of which were to be controlled by Oppenheimer's secret project, Project Charon, with the aim of gaining knowledge and control throughout creation.|
|Vol. 4: The Four Disciplines||The Manhattan Projects #16-20||ISBN 978-1-607069-61-4||Oppenheimer aims to gain control of all the projects by imprisoning the leaders of the various projects and torturing the information out of them. The result of Project Gaia, an alien-human hybrid, are killed by Westmoreland. Oppenheimer recruits Albrecht to finish Project Charon. Robert and his blue alternates wage war for the control of Joseph's mind, eventually winning, resulting in the failure of Charon. However, at that moment, Albert emerges from the gateway and kills him. The two eventually reconcile and life returns to normal. Albert and Albrecht set off for parts unknown.|
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