Review: Manifest Destiny #2
Lewis and Clark uncover a new breed of savage creature with the Louisiana Purchase. No wonder the French gave it up so easily…
The second issue of the historically inaccurate, but thrilling misadventures of Lewis and Clark continues this month in Manifest Destiny #2. The story is written by Chris Dingess with art from Matthew Roberts. The first issue was a great introduction, but how does the follow-up compare?
The crew barely survived their encounter with the gigantic buffalo/minotaur/human-like creature last month. It took every single man, but the creature was brought aboard the ship for Lewis to research. After a gruesome autopsy, Lewis is left with more questions than answers. Even worse he has a crew that is frightened to death of what they saw and what they could see next. Things are about to reach a boiling point when they finally sight land. They’re about to make the trek to the fort in La Charette when they spot a strange woman. The big buffalo creature was bad, but this new mysterious threat may be creepier. Can Lewis, Clark, and the assembled crew survive their next encounter with the unknown?
Dingess writes a stellar second issue. This one keeps a faster pace and brings a lot more action. The writer continues to walk the line between keeping things grounded in some semblance of realism and going completely crazy with the fantastical elements. Roberts’ art is nothing short of fantastic. There are incredibly detailed backgrounds, beautiful character work, and some truly striking creature designs. The art is elevated even higher thanks to the colors. Things are bright and make the wild Louisiana Purchase territories come alive. This is one of the most vibrant books out there.
Bottom Line: Manifest Destiny is a hit. The first issue set things up nicely, but the second issue puts the pedal to the metal. Historical fiction is a hard sale, but this is one book that is getting everything right so far. 5/5