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ManifestDestinyV5-Review coverManifest Destiny #s 25-30: Into the Fog

[Editor’s note: Sorry that I have fallen behind recently with my coverage of Manifest Destiny. But since the 5th trade paperback is released this week, it seems the perfect time to catch up. For those… [more]

ManifestDestiny25_Review coverManifest Destiny #25: Who Are The Demons?

It’s a very special issue of Manifest Destiny as the 25th issue makes its appearance this week. The journey of Lewis and Clark has entered a different phase, as the Corps of Discovery settles down… [more]

ManifestDestiny24_review coverManifest Destiny #24: Making Camp

The latest Manifest Destiny brings the “Sasquatch” story arc to an end in fairly spectacular fashion. These story arcs function quite a bit like seasons of television, and Chris Dingess has fashioned a whopper of… [more]

ManifestDestiny23_review coverManifest Destiny #23: Tales of Captain Helm

It’s become apparent that the Captain Helm story in the pages of Manifest Destiny serves, at least in part, the same function that Tales of the Black Freighter did in Watchmen. This is emphatically a… [more]

ManifestDestiny22_review coverManifest Destiny #22: The Eyes Have It

Like many men of their era, Lewis and Clark were “blessed” with an overabundance of positivity and confidence (more for Lewis than Clark, but they each believed in the soundness of their society and their… [more]

ManifestDestiny21_review coverManifest Destiny #21: Leadership

One of the many challenges that the historical Lewis and Clark expedition had to surmount was simple hunger. They weren’t as badly off as some, and fared far better than some of the more northern… [more]

ManifestDestiny20_review coverManifest Destiny #20: Big Feet and Bigger Eyes

“Captain Clark killed a curious animal… [one] never yet known in the United States.” That’s a quote from a member of the actual Corps of Discovery, and in that case it was the antelope, which… [more]

ManifestDestiny19_review 1 coverManifest Destiny #19: Teamwork

When undertaking a task as dangerous as the exploration of unknown lands, teamwork is an absolute necessity. Other writers (such as Stephen Ambrose) have noted that it was this capacity for group unity, strong leadership… [more]

ManifestDestinyV3_Review coverManifest Destiny TPB vol 3 is Essential Reading

The latest, and darkest, collection of Manifest Destiny appears in stores this week, gathering issues #13-18 in a gruesome, intense and compelling TPB. Although it may be obvious to anyone who reads this comic, it… [more]

ManifestDestiny18_Review coverManifest Destiny #18: The Dark Side

This isn’t the first time, nor, I suspect, will it be the last, when there is blood on the scales in Manifest Destiny. One of the things that makes this comic so fascinating is how… [more]

ManifestDestiny17_Review coverManifest Destiny #17: How Many More Monsters?

Manifest Destiny has great moments when it combines the absurd with the profound, or the fantastic with genuinely powerful character moments. And both are to be found in its most recent issue, #17. What could… [more]

ManifestDestiny16_Review cover2Manifest Destiny #16: Sacrifice

Improbable as it may seem to some readers, who may be out off by the sharp turn towards fantasy taken in the previous issue of Manifest Destiny, this book is still thoroughly about America, and… [more]

Meriweather_Lewis-Charles_Willson_PealeLewis and Clark, Manifest Destiny and Thoughts on America

In the long and storied history of the United States, a key moment occurred on August 18, 1805. That day, the “Corps of Discovery”, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, crossed the North American… [more]

ManifestDestiny15_Review coverManifest Destiny #15: It Turns Out Bird Is The Word…

Manifest Destiny somehow always seems to keep one toe in historical reality, and one toe in the wildest fantastic metaphors of the all-American mind. But it has generally erred on the side of realism: even… [more]

ManifestDestiny14_Review coverManifest Destiny #14: Facing Fear

The first few pages of the latest issue of Manifest Destiny have a great blend of the horrific and the absurd. The tension in the sequence is built around the fact that the men of… [more]

Manifest Destiny 013 (2015) (Digital) (Minutemen-Acan).cbr - Page 1Manifest Destiny #13: Bird is the Word

It’s good to be back on the river with Manifest Destiny. After a fairly obvious break in the action in the previous issue, the boat is moving again and the men (and women) of the… [more]

Manifest Destiny 001 (2013) (Digital) (Fawkes-Empire).cbr - Page 1Manifest Destiny: My Comic of the Year

As I’ve written, I’m not a fan of lists or of ranking art in general, although of course I do acknowledge that there’s bad stuff and good stuff, and some great stuff. But beyond those… [more]

Manifest Destiny 012 (2014) (Digital) (Minutemen-Acan).cbr - Page 1Manifest Destiny Issue #12: A Bend in the River

This is a pivotal issue of Manifest Destiny, in which Chris Dingess and Matt Roberts are clearly changing gears, in anticipation of a new and more intense chapter of the Lewis and Clark journey. Of… [more]

MD11revManifest Destiny #11: “Lewis Smash!”

With the latest issue of Manifest Destiny, the crew of the Corps of Discovery definitely close one chapter in their journey. For the past few issues, the expedition has been split, with the keelboat hung… [more]

9099Manifest Destiny #10: Enhanced Solutions

In the afterward for issue #10 if Manifest Destiny, Chris Dingess writes that the men on the boat are becoming a genuine threat to the monsters they encounter, rather than the other way around. That’s… [more]

manifest_destiny_2_web_72_by_shinolahead-d6m4aiiManifest Destiny: Death is their Ally

There’s a line in Oliver Stone’s criminally underrated film Nixon in which the titular character muses to a painting of Abraham Lincoln, “What is that’s helping us? Is it God? Or Death?” That must express… [more]

3962993-08Manifest Destiny #8: Sacagawea Keeps Score

Things are getting “curiouser and curiouser” for the Corps of Discovery in Manifest Destiny #8. Aside from the usual thrills this comic provides, giant frogs, giant insects, scary jungle, etc, in this issue you can… [more]

Manifest Destiny 007 (2014) (Digital) (Minutemen-Acan).cbr - Page 15Manifest Destiny #7: A Different Mission

[Spoilers ahoy, Captain Clark.] It’s wonderful to be back amongst the pulpy charms and historical poetry of Manifest Destiny after a break. For those who missed the first six issues, Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts… [more]

ManifestDestiny-FEATUREManifest Destiny #6: Lewis and Clark’s Dreams

The most important part of this issue of Manifest Destiny, by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Own Gieni, is the passage where we get to see Lewis and Clark’s dreams. In historical terms, Meriwether Lewis… [more]