Manhattan Projects Vol. 4: Four Disciplines

Jonathan Hickman, writer; Nick Pitarra, artist

Image Comics

As with other recent Hickman collections, this volume has a subtitle everywhere except on the book itself. As the story opens we see Oppenheimer attempting to gain control of all of the Manhattan Projects, by torturing the imprisoned group of scientists and military.

But the big event here for me was the conclusion of the "Infinite/Finite Oppenheimers" story line. Robert and Joseph Oppenheimer have been waging war for control of Joseph's mind, a trippy event happening entirely internally. For the conclusion Hickman pulls a neat trick: we see the effects of the final battle in the real world, immediately followed by the story of the internal conflict that was happening inside Oppenheimer's mind. Which is immediately followed by perhaps the most ironic event in the series so far, which I won't spoil here.

In addition to the resolution of the Oppenheimer conflict, we also get the return of the real Albert Einstein (you may recall that he was replaced early on by Albrecht Einstein, a traveler from an alternate dimension). Indications are that this is where the action is going next. Oppenheimer appears to be out of the picture, but with alternate dimensions one never knows.

So it still looks like anything could happen! Just what I expect from this series.

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