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Lewis, Clark and the surviving members of their expedition continue westward across America, only to learn there is nowhere to run on a river.Collects MANIFEST DESTINY #7-12....

Title : Manifest Destiny, Vol. 2: Amphibia & Insecta
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ISBN : 9781632150523
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Manifest Destiny, Vol. 2: Amphibia & Insecta Reviews

  • Jonathan Maas
    2019-01-31 14:40

    Creative series, but be warned that it is a bit scarier than the cover suggests! The group is outnumbered in every way possible, and in this one a terrifying frog gets in their way. Looking forward to Vol. 3!

  • Abriana
    2019-02-09 18:36

    This series is so easy to read, without dragging or being dull. It isn't bogged down by like seven storylines going on at once, which I feel like happens so much with comics these days.

  • Elizabeth A
    2019-01-22 22:40

    Book blurb: Lewis, Clark and the surviving members of their expedition continue westward across America, only to learn there is nowhere to run on a river. Collects Manifest Destiny Issues #7-12.This continues to be a fun graphic novel series about the alternative history of the Lewis and Clark expedition. There are more monstrous creatures, and dangers abound both on land and on water. We know that they'll make it through, but finding out how is half the fun. The art continues to be wonderful, and the writing is better than the first volume, so that makes me happy. I want to get my hands on the alternate journal that was kept during this expedition. Wonder if it can be found in Monticello ... there are some artifacts from the trip I saw there on a visit a couple of years ago. Need to make friends with a docent I guess.

  • Travis Duke
    2019-01-24 21:39

    Really intriguing sci-fi based on a bit of history. I really enjoyed volume 1 and volume 2 is just as entertaining. Lewis and Clark are traveling on and get stuck in the river which a giant monster frog is hunting them down. Matthew Roberts has a clean style that suits the story well. The writing is what shines as its detailed and is able to transport you to that time period. The journal entries are a nice touch that really bring the story to life.

  • Scott
    2019-02-20 20:25

    Graphic Novel published by Image Comics. The ragtag team of Lewis & Clark, along with Sacagawea, continue to venture on only to stumble upon new insanity and horrifying creatures. You will not look at insecticide the same way ever again. Lewis' dairy once again reveals their dire fate. The narrative also deepens here. Looking forward to where this is all going.

  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    2019-02-02 15:21

    This series keeps surprising me. The idea behind this series is fascinating and I love it! I admit that I liked the first volume more than this one, but I did like the way that the story progressed. Another story that is not for the padawans, but adults that are into science fiction and speculative fiction will thoroughly enjoy. I can't wait to see what happens next and what creatures are encountered.

  • Rick Hunter
    2019-01-21 22:39

    I generally try to wait a while after reading one volume of something that I like before jumping into the next volume. If I don't, I'll end up flying through it and have to wait a while for the next volume to come. After reading this one so soon after discovering the series, I have to now wait until Feb. 2016 for the next volume to come out. I may end up having to reread both this and the first volume again to keep me sane until then.Matthew Roberts is still the artist on this series. As with volume 1, the creatures are the highlight of the art. They are by far what I look forward to the most. The frog creature in this volume is my favorite monster in the series so far. the environments in this book look impressive. They are only second to Roberts' monster creations in terms of beauty. The people are still the weakest link in the art. It is due mostly to the style in which they are drawn. They don't look bad. They just seem plain after how great the monsters look. Sacagawea and the rest of the Native Americans look the best out of all of the humans. The art gets 5 stars.Chris Dingess (man am I glad that's not my last name), the series creator and writer, keeps finding even more horrific things for his characters to stumble upon and even more dastardly things to happen to them. Just when the characters think they've gotten away from one situation, they move directly into another situation that is equally bad or worse. It reminds me of the old saying "out of the frying pan and into the fire". Dingess has a way of leaving you hanging at a critical point on the last page of almost every issue, ensuring that you're foaming at the bit waiting for the next issue. 5 stars for the writing.Manifest Destiny volume 2 gets 5 stars overall. Dingess' ability to leave the audience hungry for more and the monsters that Roberts has pulled from his mind and put on paper make this a series that I can't get enough of. As long as the quality remains this high, I'll be a reader until the series ends.

  • Trike
    2019-02-12 15:47

    I bought this book immediately upon finishing the first one and I'm glad I did, as it's even better.The story is superb and the characters are distinct individuals with their own agendas and attitudes, backstories and behaviors. Clark also becomes more well-rounded in this volume, as do the people we met near the end of the previous book, especially the women. The give-and-take between Capt. Lewis and Mrs. Boniface feels like exchanges between real people. This could easily be a novel.The art is getting better and better. As I called out in the first collection, it is easy to follow the story and emphasis is given on side moments and secondary characters to enhance the writing. Roberts also uses misdirection wonderfully.There is a turning point in the story where Merriwether Lewis gets his Crowning Moment of Awesome, and what a moment it is! I enjoyed it so much I actually went back and read the dialogue aloud. That's when you know you're having fun in a story. But it never loses sight of the fact this is a horror story underneath it all. Plenty of horrible things happen during their encounters, and there's lots of body horror to go around, on top of the monster action. Very much looking forward to the next installment.

  • Tom Ewing
    2019-01-27 15:48

    Chris Dingess' and Matthew Roberts's frontier history meets Cthulhoid horror comic continues to be one of Image's more straightforwardly entertaining series. Beyond the high concept pitch this is a satisfying adventure comic, no less and not much more: much of this second volume is spent with the Lewis and Clark expedition's crew trapped by a suitably squamous amphibian beast, which allows Dingess to develop and complicate his cast a little more, though makes for a less exciting few issues than the multiple horrors of volume one. A meeting with some locals at the end of the volume has as much plot development as the entire rest of the book, providing useful backstory and an indication of quite how out of their depth our protagonists are. Something I particularly enjoy about Manifest Destiny is the sense of stretched resources, particularly of the human kind - even the vilest human being might at some point come in useful, so a lot of time is spent trying to rescue and repair men apparently lost to the monstrosities of the wilderness. It makes for a horror comic with a low body count but a strong sense of stakes, and Roberts' enjoyably earthy, detailed art makes every scratch, gash, and pustule count.

  • Alex Sarll
    2019-02-10 21:38

    As I hoped, a little more nuance is creeping in to this secret history of the Lewis & Clark expedition - which I suppose one could consider part of the same subgenre as Manhattan Projects, given both of them are taking groundbreaking passages of US history and then constructing even wilder stories beneath and behind them. It's happy to move slower than a lot of Image books, which I think suits the era in which it's set, and gives the characters a bit more space to breathe: Lewis, in particular, is really starting to grab me. It's almost like I'm a sucker for bisexual pisshead half-genius dilettantes.

  • Camille
    2019-02-17 16:44

    I am a firm supporter of the idea that Comic Books should be considered literature. There are themes that can be explored through Graphic Novels as eloquently as they can be explored in prose.This comic book, though, is just the most entertaining thing on the face of the earth. It may not help my cause all that much, but the characters are rich, their situation is great, and you can pretend to be reading history when you've got Manifest Destiny in your hands. Clark really shines in this particular issue, where he played second banana in the last. If you're not reading this comic you're crazy.

  • Morgan
    2019-01-24 14:26

    I had no idea the Lewis and Clark Expedition involved giant frogs and giant bugs. Learn something everyday. Actually, I know quite a bit about the trails and this is very fictional. I like history fantasy/horror stuff though. Don't read this if you want facts, read this if you want fun. Now I want Vol. 3 to come out!

  • John
    2019-02-10 14:25

    Another good volume in this excellent and imaginative series. There's more character development, backstory, and interpersonal tension here, but still plenty of time for giant monsters, frogs and killer insects. I'll keep reading this series as long as the quality holds up.

  • Angela
    2019-02-06 16:39

    This volume was more entertaining than the first. You start to see real characterization. The monsters are entertaining and there is a fun Alien feel to it but with mosquitoes. A fun, fast, light read.

  • Kenny
    2019-02-20 16:47

    The fantastic and horror filled journey of Lewis and Clark continues as the survivors from warly encounters with unknown creatures and monsters in the new world continue to shock, fascinate, harm and kill members of the expeditionary team.Fascinating and compelling to follow.

  • Brian Clopper
    2019-02-03 20:31

    Great series! I am now buying the single issues from here on out. That's high praise if a series gets me to do that.

  • Rodolfo Santullo
    2019-01-31 18:18

    Avanzamos con el segundo tomo de esta ignota serie de Image y encuentro mis esperanzas confortadas: la cosa evoluciona y mejora ostensiblemente. Primero que nada, tenemos mucho más desarrollo de personajes -que era lo que más le criticaba- tanto en los protagonistas Lewis y Clark como en la pandilla numerosa de secundarios (cuyo número sigue siendo variable según la conveniencia de la historia, pero empezamos a sentir el peligro del exterminio, ojo). Nuestros aventureros continúan internándose más y más en territorio salvaje, a pesar del desconcierto de sus hombres quienes no logran entender a santo de qué avanzan y avanzan haciéndose matar o mutilar por los monstruos más disímiles. Lo que esos desgraciados no comprenden es que la aventura que viven no es de exploración sino de exterminio: van a eliminar cuanta amenaza aparezca para permitirle a EEUU crecer en esa dirección. Para esto, es que tanto Lewis como Clark empiezan a dar muestras de verdadero talento -y riqueza como personajes- así como entre sus secundarios hay más y más merca para compartir (especialmente con la india Sacagawea o la francesa esposa del médico fallecido). Así como el guión de Dingess entonces mejora, otro tanto ocurre con el arte de Roberts y Gieni que perfeccionan lo suyo y logran muchos momentos estupendamente bien narrados -todo el enfrentamiento con el sapo gigante es una maravilla- y cuando tienen que horrorizar, estos muchachos meten hasta los codos en tinta y no dudan en plasmar imágenes terribles. La serie continúa siendo todo un hallazgo, muy linda de recomendar. Seguimos en breve.

  • Tom
    2019-01-28 19:47

    More fun in this series as Lewis, Clark, monster-killer extraordinaire Sacajawea, and their expedition, now swollen with survivors from a French fort, continue west and encounter more monsters along the way. The primary monsters this time around are giant mosquitoes and an even larger man-eating frog. And then there's the problem of some of the men on the expedition are not exactly shining examples of humanity.The volume gives more insight into Lewis, Clark and Sacajawea and why each of them is on the expedition. As it is, not everyone is necessarily working towards the common good of the expedition...

  • Scott
    2019-02-07 15:36

    Great frontier adventure/horror. Less grotesque visually than the first volume, however the sense of dread remains with the grotesque being more within the human characters. Great colors. This is a creative team that works well together and it shows in the end results.

  • Grace Boyer
    2019-01-20 18:25

    This series surprises me at every turn. I love this and can’t wait for Vol 3.

  • Brian Dickerson
    2019-01-25 16:24

    BCDER: 85

  • Dana *
    2019-02-08 21:36

    Just as much fun as the first volume! On to number three to see what weird things they find next. This would make a fun tv series.

  • Evan Farley
    2019-01-20 21:23

    This is a fun series.

  • Josie
    2019-01-25 14:35

    The fun continues!

  • alana
    2019-01-27 15:46

    This series keeps getting grosser but it's still so intriguing. I wish I could borrow them as I'm not entirely sure I want them on my shelf..

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-02-03 16:23

    Lewis and Clark continue their treacherous mission through the uncharted new world after the events of the first book tell them there’s more than just native Americans out there waiting for them. As well as their crew, made up of soldiers and criminals, they’re joined by the French survivors of the La Charette settlement and Sacagawea, an Indian warrior and guide. As they sail downriver, their craft gets snagged on an underwater arch and they’re stranded, surrounded by a giant man-eating frog and deadly giant mosquitoes! The second Manifest Destiny volume is a decent read but I felt it wasn’t as good as the first. The first book had a fast-moving plot where Lewis and Clark encountered buffalotaurs and then had to fight a camp of Swamp Thing zombies; the second is stuck in one location and they fight a frog and some insects. It’s just not as thrilling or sexy. The book is instead focused on character development, mostly on our heroes. Lewis remains on the immobilised ship while Clark is stuck on land with the monster frog lurking between them. It’s the first time we see the pair separated and gives them a chance to show that they’re not just: Lewis = science nerd, Clark = brawny beefcake. The last issue in particular, which is a flashback episode, reveals Lewis to be a bisexual action hero (why not?) and Clark to be an alcoholic who’s traumatised by what he might have seen/done in the Indian wars. But we also learn a bit about their crew who’re a mixed bunch of dead men walking, one of whom decides rape is a valid option to try in the middle of nowhere (and pays the price). The story itself seems like a puzzle, the kind that used to pop up in point-and-click PC games like Broken Sword or Monkey Island 3. Specifically it’s the sort where you’re stuck on a certain part. All the pieces are there, it’s just up to the player to figure out the right combination before proceeding on with the story. Like in the games, there’s actually a clever solution here, except, like in the games, it becomes maddeningly slow and boring while you stay in that one spot trying to tease it all out.The art is definitely the best part of the book again. The giant frog (or “ranidea” as Lewis christens it) and giant mosquito designs are brilliant and there are some great splash pages like the underwater arch and the close-up of the mosquito dying in the jar. Really wonderful imagery and gorgeous colours give the pages a dazzling look throughout. This second book is a bit like the second season of The Walking Dead show where you’re still into the characters and story but you wish they’d move on from this particular part of it. I’m interested to see where the series is headed, especially after what President Jefferson shows Lewis in that flashback, hinting at what’s ahead of them. But Manifest Destiny Volume 2 is an alright book that’s certainly not terrible but unfortunately not as good as the first.

  • Matej Kondas
    2019-02-10 17:43

    Lewis a Clark pokračují v dobývání divokého západu a Chris Dingess se bohužel čím dál více zamotává do prknosti tohohle příběhu, který ač nepostrádá štávu a momenty, dovede chvilkami nudit. A to bohužel není dobře. Naši dvojici badatelů a průzkumníků, jejichž úkolem je zmapovat neznámé končiny Ameriky (oficiálně, neoficiálně to znamená zabít všechno co je nepřátelské a příšera) jsme opustili po zkáze pevnosti La Charette. Lewis a Clark nabrali přeživší na svou loď, zapsali všechno o podivných rostlinách a společně s tajemnou indiánkou z kmene šošonů a přeživšími z pevnosti se vydali dál dle plánu. Bohužel pro ně. Tajemný oblouk objevený minule nebyl zdaleka jediný. Oblouků je v tajemných lesích a řekách více. A vždycky to znamená problém. A zatímco minulý book, pojmenovaný "Flora a Fauna" řešil bizoní kentaury a rostlinné zombíky, dvojka řeší hmyz a obojživelníky. A že to je hmyz řádsky hnusný a obojživelníci by si nezadali s draky. Bohužel, monstra nejsou to nejhorší co vás v divočině potká. Mnohem nebezpečnějšími tvory je posádka samotná. Druhý book zachraňuje především konec, kdy se dozvíme trošku víc o tom - kdo je Meriwether Lewis, a co je důvod k téhle výpravě. A že kapitán Clark si s sebou nese nejedno traumátko. Jak už jsem řekl na začátku, nebýt book velice pěkně kreslený, tak by člověk možná přestal číst v polovině, protože Dingess začíná nudit. I tak se ale book je pořád něco pro fanoušky koloniální ameriky, dobrodružství a odporně nakreslených příšer.

  • Derek Farris
    2019-01-30 15:24

    Your beloved Nation's initial discovery was a lie. Lewis and Clark were not only on a mission to chart new territory, but new species of creatures that roamed the land.This continues to be one of the best comics being published today. The story is fun and cliff-hanging. It always leaves you wanting more. If you're a classic monster fan, then hop on board the keelboat and take a discovery. If you're into history, it's about to be rewritten.Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni's art is absolutely beautiful and Chris Dingess bows how to write a hell of a fun story. Some may feel that the characters lack some development, but they're starting to come along with that better. The real fun here is not knowing what they might encounter next, not so much the characters backstories and motivation. This series has the potential to go far and I foresee it becoming either a television or movie adaptation in the future. So set sail down the river with Meriweather Lewis, William Clark, Sacajawea and their untrusty band of hooligans and see what creatures they try to escape from next!

  • Sean
    2019-01-20 22:36

    Chris Dingess's second volume of the supernatural tinged Lewis & Clark expedition is such a fun read. It shows that the monsters in this new world might not be the worst thing they face. We also get a look back at how President Jefferson got the ball rolling on this epic. The personalities and mysteries both continue to deepen and the plot is new and unusual. I loved it.

  • Ljubomir
    2019-01-28 20:47

    I enjoyed the second volume of Manifest Destiny, but not as much as the fantastic first volume.Other than a couple of side-stories, as well as and learning a bit more about Clark and Lewis, nothing really happens. The expedition just gets stranded for five issues. In terms of plot, the whole volume, including the separate story arc in #12, could have easily taken four issues. Also, the Amphibia & Insecta monsters were not as good as the Flora & Fauna ones.Other than that, Manifest Destiny is great. The art is wonderful, the characters are interesting, the storytelling is very good.The only thing I think is sub-par is the lettering. Lazy gradients, copy-paste, and sound effects which would rather suit a cheesy superhero comic series, not the grim adventures of Clark and Lewis.Looking forward to the next arc.