This series is crazy! That was my first impression after finishing this issue, but that's The Manhattan Projects' bread and butter. The crazy isn't any less just because this issue focuses on the tricky task of diplomacy, nor is it any less violent and gory. The good news is the violence and the over-the-topness are all part of the series' charm, which it uses to great humorous effect. Whether a visual gag or a bit of subtle dialogue, I had a lot of fun reading this issue.
However, The Manhattan Projects' style and tone did take some getting used to, and, of the rather large cast, there didn't seem to be a character or a set of characters to root for. Everyone's kind of just doing their own wacky and messed up thing, but many of them are endearing in how f---ed up they are, with President Truman earning a gold star in this category with what's easily the scene of the issue.
Now, while I'm a fan of the overall premise and style of the series, I'm not a fan of the art. While the character and setting designs come across wonderfully, the characters themselves look sort of lumpy and action figurey. This issue also features a section done in a bizarre coloring style I couldn't find a reason or pattern for, which only served as a distraction for me. I also don't have a god---n clue as to when this issue takes place. There's quite a bit of jumping around the timeline to show the set-up for everything, but some historical details don't line up, putting “Now” set in the early 1950s at the latest and “Then” set after 1961. The facts that make this true might have been explained in prior issues, but d--- did I find it confusing.
The lesson of this is: Don't put a ton of thought into this issue; just enjoy the comic's sense of humor and be prepared for anything with each turn of the page.