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Manifest Destiny (2013) #7

Manifest Destiny  7

Dingess and Roberts start the next arc–somewhat unannounced–with the survivors of the settlement aboard the ship. There’s very little not having to do with them–poor Pocahontas is reduced to two or three lines and background–but Dingess does take the time to detail some of the crew’s backgrounds.

It’s nearly a calm river travel story, then one of the settlers sparks an argument for Lewis and Clark and brings one of the series’s problems into focus. I can’t remember who’s Lewis and who’s Clark. I double checked and Lewis is narrator and brown-haired guy, but it barely matters. Dingess has a great concept and plotting and letting the would-be protagonists get too much spotlight isn’t in the cards.

It’s actually a very good issue in many ways and the great conclusion makes up for the bumps; overall, Dingess just hasn’t found a good narrative approach.

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