Genius #2 Review

Posted August 15, 2014 by Roshan Krishnan in Comic Books

Written by: Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman

Art by: Afua Richardson

Publisher: Image

Genius has one of the most interesting premises ever, and the second issue exceeds the first in all aspects.

Genius is a series that has the ability to draw readers in. There were just too many interesting elements in the story to remember, but that’s definitely a good thing.

The very idea of different perspectives in such a battle is interesting. Most stories have very black and white notions of good and bad, but in reality there are many grey areas. The ‘criminals’ in this issue, are victimized and appear as such to the public. Many of these people are not simply what they appear on the surface, and may be victim of circumstance.

This leads to me to the other success of this issue, which is its portrayal of human nature. While people may be full of bravado in fantasy tales, in reality there are many other emotions that rule them. The helicopter pilot and the cameraman are excellent examples of how people would react in such situations. But this does not mean that the story is too grounded. Izzy is determined to see her news network the first on the scene and she goes to great lengths to achieve it.

But Izzy’s not just the only female character who can hold her own, unlike in most comic books where such a character is included just for the sake of it. The titular genius, Destiny, is an amazing protagonist. She is a tactical genius and is always ten steps ahead of the police or anyone else for that matter. Towards the end of this issue, we see that there are some costs in such a war, and not all her associates are pleased with her actions.

Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman have something to say, and they are able to say it as forcefully as possible. Their message of racial oppression spoke to me quite powerfully. But they also talk about public opinion as a major force in shaping world events. This theme recurs as the politicians, portrayed as powerful, are ultimately servants to public opinion.

If there was one aspect of this issue that I disliked, it would be the art. Somehow, the art just doesn’t immerse me in the world as much as it should. However, this problem isn’t very prominent as the story keeps changing the setting and focus. This effectively keeps the reader interested in the story.

Genius #2 has some great social commentary about a host of relevant issues that I found powerful. I loved the story, the characters, the themes, and of course the wonderful protagonist that I could get behind. The writers deliver a message effectively, and it’s great that its delivered through strong female protagonists, as opposed to thousands of other comic books. I would recommend this issue to anyone who likes to read something different; a gritty, realistic series that explores themes in the moral grey area.

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Roshan Krishnan

Roshan is an avid writer and was recommended by four out of five doctors. He loves watching TV shows, reading as many novels as he can, and generally surfing the internet. He would be a much better writer if he knew how to finish stuf