GENIUS Issue #1 Review

                                                 image credit: Image Comics Art By: Afua Richardson

Hey Otakus and Geeks fans, Today I want to talk about a new series out from Image Comics called Genius. From writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (Alphas, X-Men Origins: NightcrawlerThe AuthorityThe Highwaymen), rising-star artist Afua Richardson, and Top Cow’s Minotaur Press.

What if the greatest military mind of our generation was born to a people who are already supremely conditioned to wage war, who know nothing but violence since birth, and must continually adapt to new predators in order to survive? What if the second coming of Alexander the Great, of Genghis Khan, of Napoleon, of Patton...what if it was a teenaged girl from South Central, L.A. named Destiny?


The first issue is a great introduction to the life and horrors the main character ( Destiny ) has had to face. Destiny is calculating, intelligent, and passionate to the point that every single one of her actions feels like it exists to ultimately help the cause and her well-crafted back story gives some much needed insight as to just how far she will go to reach her goal of peace among the streets. Another character that stands out in this issue is a cop named Reginald Grey. Grey is the only one that thinks there is something bigger going on than just the gang war. At this point in the story he has no idea who Destiny is. He  has put together a profile on who the leader of the gang is, but his profile is of a male not female. It will be interesting to see how Grey approaches his investigation when Destiny is revealed.

The art is  great for the issue and the cover is amazing. Richardson often utilizes a thick, colorful outline around characters that’s reminiscent of graffiti art. Genius will be a short series, but definitely a series you should pick up and add to your collection.

Story By: Adam Freeman and Marc Bernardin
Art By: Afua Richardson
Published By: Image comics

by Sean Tucker