In the wake of the Fog, Lewis and Clark strive to rebuild their fort and hold out against the winter. Clark is put in charge of the fort while Lewis watches the invisible arch.
Neither have been left unshaken. Lewis grows mad while Clark grows cold and impatient.
Sacagawea, meanwhile, refuses to name her child and seems oddly resistant towards it.
This comic is a slow burn, more interested in showing where the headspaces of its lead characters are at than advancing the plot too much. You get to see how shaken Lewis and Clark are and their quickening marches towards madness.
Clark's journal narrates the comic, and he is painted as the one more firmly planted in reality at the moment. However, the comic uses subtle means to show how damaged Clark's psyche really is. It's an impressive piece of storytelling that keeps the comic engaging.
In reality, Lewis may be the more rational one at the moment. They've seen something impossible to explain, and he accepts that in a way Clark may not.
The willingness to pace itself is an admirable trait in Manifest Destiny. Where many superhero comics, for better or worse, feel compelled to give a villain in every issue, Manifest Destiny isn't afraid of a little down time to build tension and suspense.
Matthew Roberts's art is quite good, with a rugged and detailed world drawn around the two leads. The eyes are especially good, with the noticeable shaken Lewis having something akin to the thousand-yard stare in his eyes. Clark has anger and fire in his. Roberts shows a lot of chops as an artist in this issue.
Owen Gieni's color art is equally expressive, showing the tone and atmosphere of every scene with the right color choice. The two together make for a great-looking book in Manifest Destiny.
This comic is an intriguing read, opting for slow-boil storytelling as opposed to back-to-back terror. It works greatly in its favor and makes for a great read. Give Manifest Destiny a try.
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