Review: Manifest Destiny #4
Surrounded by buffalotaur and fighting for survival, what Lewis and Clark need most is a monster killer. And her name is Sacagawea.
Lewis and Clark continue their expedition into the strange and unknown this week in Manifest Destiny #4. The story is written by Chris Dingess with art by Matthew Roberts. Owen Gieni handles colors with Pat Brousseau providing lettering. Manifest Destiny has had three great issues so far, but does that streak continue?
Lewis, Clark, their company, and the few survivors of La Charrette are boxed in. They’ve dealt with the plant creatures that had taken over most of the fort inhabitants, but minotaurs (they’re buffalos but Lewis and Clark can’t settle on a proper word for them) are waiting outside of the gate. There’s no way to escape and even the plans that are brought up would most likely get everyone killed. Luckily though Sacagawea is out there somewhere. Last issue we saw her take on a minotaur…buffalotaur….monster, but now we see how she fared against an entire pack of them. Their young guide is much wiser and more dangerous than anyone can imagine. She is accompanied by her sleazy husband Toussaint Charbonneau who is ready to hand her over to Lewis and Clark. Everything is not what it seems and danger still lurks outside the fort. But is the biggest threat an undetected one inside the supposedly safe walls?
Dingess writes another strong issue. This one isn’t as action-packed as the previous installments, but it gives us some good character work and introduces us to the silent assassin known as Sacagawea. This issue fleshes things out and sets up the next leg of the adventure. The reader gets a chance to catch their breath (for the most part) only to be whipped into a frenzy in the final pages. Roberts’ art continues to be the standout of the series. Every single panel is beautifully rendered and very detailed. The characters look amazing, but it’s Roberts’ backgrounds and landscapes that really makes this book stand out. There’s some dynamic panel layout as well. Panels overlap, are inserted into larger spreads, and mixed up with multi-paneled segments and longer panoramic shots. Gieni’s colors are a huge boon to Roberts’ art. This is one of the most wonderfully colored books out there.
Bottom Line: Manifest Destiny continues to please. The story is excellent, but the art and coloring truly astounds. It’s rare that all elements click so well into place this early in a run, but Manifest Destiny does it. This is a series that’s delivering in the here and now but it also has a huge amount of potential. 4/5
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