Written by Tim Midura
on Friday, June 13 2014 and posted in Reviews
External and internal threats put the expedition in jeopardy!
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark continue their wild adventures in Manifest Destiny #7, published by Image Comics. From Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni, Manifest Destiny #7 features a cover by Roberts and Gieni of a frog hunting a ladybug, while tentacles appear around it. The variant cover by Marc Silvestri, Todd McFarlane and Gieni has Sacagawea attacking an enormous ladybug.
Lewis and Clark carry on their escapades after exterminating the zombie plant threat. Through Lewis’ journal we’re introduced to survivors of La Charrette and members of their traveling party through Corporal Hardy. As they travel down the river, their boat becomes lodged on an unknown object.
Chris Dingess expertly balances the use of internal and external threats to Lewis and Clark, whether it be a blackmailing crew member or a giant river monster. Seeing Clark’s true colors is a highlight as well, as he opens up to Lewis. Meeting members of the party helps to flesh out the universe that Dingess and Roberts have created.
Matthew Roberts’ thin line work contribute his excellent facial expressions and the decision to have the crew members histories contrasted in the same panel as modern times is a nice touch. He makes great use of motion blur when the boat gets stuck in the river, switching the blur from the trees in the background to Lewis and Madam Boniface. Owen Gieni keeps the color palette muted, but with enough life to match the adventures its characters are undertaking.
Manifest Destiny is a fun blend of history and fantasy. The greatest stories are firmly rooted in truth and real events and Dingess and Roberts have taken the best parts of the Lewis and Clark mythos and made it their own.
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