It’s been ten years since creator/writer Chris Dingess (Marvel’s Agent Carter, TV’s Doom Patrol) along with artist Matthew Roberts (Battle Pope), colorist Owen Gieni (Rat Queens), and letterer Pat Brosseau (Creepshow) launched Manifest Destiny, the comic series that took the iconic duo of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and pitted them against monsters. In celebration, today Skybound announced the Manifest Destiny Book 1 Deluxe Hardcover, a 500+ page collection of the groundbreaking series. The hardcover will be available everywhere books are sold in November 2023.
This deluxe hardcover collects the first 24 issues, along with covers and sketchbook, for the definitive presentation of the entire Manifest Destiny series, with a Book 2 Deluxe Hardcover also coming in 2024.
Here’s the official description from Skybound:
In 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark set out on an expedition to explore the unchartered American frontier so their great nation could fulfill its destiny. This is the untold story of what they discovered lurking in the wilds.
When the series debuted with issue #1 on November 13, 2013, Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts began to tell an action-adventure epic of a new monster birthed right in the heart of America. Manifest Destiny brought Lewis and Clark’s expedition to its blood-soaked conclusion at the end of 2022 after a historic nearly decade-long run, and now fans can celebrate the 10th anniversary and own a definitive piece of the series that created an alternate history of the United States.
For writer Chris Dingess, this project has been an incredibly meaningful experience. He said:
“After spending a decade on this book with the stellar crew of Matt, Owen, and Pat, I can honestly say it was the journey of a lifetime. It was an honor to work with Robert, David, Sean, and the team at Skybound and a real deal, super-serious dream come true to have them present Manifest Destiny in this Hardcover Edition. I hope readers have as tremendous an adventure on the trail as we had blazing it.”
Artist Matthew Roberts added:
“I love this book and working with this team for the past decade has been amazing. As an artist, being presented with such confident and compelling scripts from Chris and then being given the freedom to take risks and follow impulses as I draw is a dream. Then to know that I’ve got Owen, one of the most dazzling colorists in the game, coming in behind me? And THEN we have Pat on letters to tie it all together? Crazy. I love what we all were able to pull off. It’s a great story and I’m thrilled to see it all together and get the big fancy hardcover treatment.”
Look for Manifest Destiny Book 1 Deluxe HC to arrive in comic shops on Wednesday, November 8th and in bookstores on Wednesday, November 15th.