Review: Manifest Destiny #13

mf13While there are often series that people find compelling for a variety of reasons, there are other series which fit into a different category.  They are classified by a simple phrase – “I wish I had thought of that.”  Throughout its entire run, this series has taken an interesting idea and run a gauntlet of incredulous happenings at it.  Whereas a fictionalized account of Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the Louisiana Territory would be interesting in itself, in this version the characters are tasked with facing unexpected threats, which ties this series into something closer to the horror genre at times.  This issue incidentally serves as a decent jumping on point for readers that might have missed a chance to read the first dozen issues.  In talking about the road ahead, the characters in this issue take a moment to look at the road behind.

In the course of their usual exploration of the land, the ragtag group of adventurers finds yet another arch, and for the first time an explanation of what the arches role might be is explored.  It does not last long as the crew is once again thrown into the same problem of facing a semi-supernatural foe with no precedent.  In this case it is the animal partially visible on the cover, an avian like creature which first seems innocent but in fact might pose a threat.  At the same time, this issue is missing a bit compared to other issues in the series thus far.  There is not as much tension for the outcome of events, nor are there any other goings-on among the group save for a disorderly drunken soldier.  Of course to maintain the edge on the series means that there has to be a down issue or to to build up from but that means that this issue still lacks a little bit of the edge that other issues have had.

What this ends up as is a strange combination of a good jumping on point, though not really a highlight of the series thus far.  It is still an amazing concept, and expertly realized through a combination of different story telling techniques (such as switching between the narrative of the journals to the regular action.)  The issue at least does what it needs to, as although it introduces neither what seems to be a particularly dangerous creature, nor advances much of the plot in any other way, it still grips the reader in one of the most unconventional and innovative successes of a series in the past few years.

Story: Chris Dingess Art: Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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