Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1 by Chris Dingess
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A romp through the uncharted west with Lewis & Clark but this time while also cataloguing the flora & fauna they have a purpose to rid this untamed land of any monsters they come across and in this first volume that they do, one of the flora variety, the other more fauna. First they meet up with beasts half man and half bison, these guys are humongous and enjoy eating little human beings. Along comes Sacajawea, who they had expected to be meeting anyway, and saves the day. Next, when they reach their first destination the fort has been abandoned except for a few monstrous plant people. Quickly discovering how to kill them, the majority of the book is spend on figuring out how to go about eradication an entire forest region of man-eating, zombifying, plant people. Of course Sacajawea saves the very life of Lewis & Clark at the last minute but there is something sinister no-one knows yet that the explorers have made a deal that has to do with the unborn child she is carrying. This is a fun story, especially if you know your history as little in-jokes of humour pop-up but it is all quite light and these two plots felt episodic while the ending sets us up for the next step of the journey and we've been given a hint as to what possible variety of "monster" they will meet next. The art is just about what one can expect, professional looking but nothing special. Would read the next volume, but only if I came across it at the library or some such.
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