Manifest Destiny #22
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Chris Dingess
Pencils, Cover: Matthew Roberts
Inks: Tony Akins & Stefano Gaudiano
Colours: Owen Gieni
Lettering: Pat Brosseau
In issue #21 of Manifest Destiny, captain Helm’s expedition (three years before Lewis and Clark’s) survived a harsh winter eating the meat of the apparently peaceful sasquatch. In the story’s present, one of those beasts attacks some men. They soon discover that the only way to kill a sasquatch is by hitting its only eye.
At the end of the issue, we see a group of sasquatch attacking captain Helm’s hut – while in the present Lewis and Clark run from the angry monsters.
Issue #22 opens with Lewis and Clark’s men on a boat, refusing to go back to the land. Sacagawea, their (pregnant) native guide, refuses to mingle with them as – she says – they smell bad. As they observe a sasquatch (they call it a cyclops) who is following them, they see it killed by an arrow in the eye, shot by Sacagawea herself.
We then cut to captain Helm, who seems to be having a nightmare.
Manifest Destiny, between one monster and another, between a story-arc and the next, is a series that remains interesting thanks to its characters. Each of them has a strong, definite personality, a personal story and a rare believability. The relationships between them are also extremely interesting, well built by Chris Dingess.
The art department (Matthew Roberts on pencils, Tony Akins and Stefano Gaudiano on inks and Owen Gieni on colours), as usual, shines in this issue – like in all others. The faces, the backgrounds, the tools – everything looks real, alive.
I must also spend a few words for Pat Brosseau, in charge of lettering. No, not because it would feel unfair to miss him: his work does add to Manifest Destiny, with different styles between the present and the past, and then the diaries…
This series remains very interesting despite a relatively repetitive formula: the men reach a spot, they find an arch, there are monsters, someone dies, someone else is smart enough to kill the monster. But there is so much around this formula that Manifest Destiny is not only good but nearly unmissable. Give it a try!