IT’S all about comics and science this month, as Kinokuniya in Suria KLCC is offering a 20% discount (with another purchase) on all the books in the four series featured this week: The Manhattan Projects, Federal Bureau Of Physics, Nowhere Men and Think Tank.
FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics, Vol 1: The Paradigm Shift
Writer: Simon Oliver
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
THE first volume of this series about a government agency that investigates everyday physics anomalies is out now, collecting the first seven issues of the Vertigo title. The first story arc introduces the titular FBP and lead character Adam Hardy, and has the FBP investigating a gravity failure that leads to the creation of an alternate dimension known as a “BubbleVerse”. Hardy is sent on a rescue mission and finds his skills and abilities pushed to their limits when he discovers his partner has a different agenda.
Smartly written by Simon Oliver and with some interestingly out-there artwork by Robbi Rodriguez, this is a solid start for the series, and with later issues introducing a really promising new character, this bodes well for the longevity of this series.
The Manhattan Projects, Vol 3: Building
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Pitarra
THE best science-based series currently continues to push the boundaries of reality and science fiction as the third volume of Jonathan Hickman’s Image Comics series ties up a major subplot involving Enrico Fermi (who apparently is an alien), and pushes Joseph Oppenheimer (actually Robert Oppenheimer) to the fore, establishing him as the series’ greatest protagonist so far.
And if the brain-eating Robert’s scheming in the “real world” is not enough, we also get a look at the turmoil INSIDE his head, as his brother’s consciousness launches the Oppenheimer Civil War to try and regain control over his body. And if that doesn’t convince you to pick this book up already, there’s always Albert Einstein wielding a shotgun.