Genius #1

Genius #1

Writer: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Artist: Afua Richardson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 6, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11
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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? And what if she decides to secede three blocks of the 'Hood from the Union? Who is going to take it back from her and her army of gangbangers? Who CAN?

From writers MARC BERNARDIN and ADAM FREEMAN (Alphas, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, The Authority, The Highwaymen) and rising-star artist AFUA RICHARDSON comes a harrowing, action-packed tale of a city that declares war on a brilliant young woman pushed to the edge.

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Kierra Prince Aug 6, 2014

    There's a whole lot going on in this comic to stop and consider and think about and that's ultimately why it's so gripping as a first issue and ultimately makes you look forward to the entire series. Genius is sure to hit home in a variety of ways for a variety of people and its ultimately nice to see a comic tackle the issue of poverty and the effects of a broken system for children as well as the fact that this same system may be somewhat responsible for gangs and gang warfare. It's a deep read and once the fighting starts, it grips you in an entirely different way as you begin to understand just how far Destiny and her crew will go to win this war. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Emma Kathryn Aug 12, 2014

    Issue #1 of Pilot Season winner Genius. A gritty look at an up-and-coming Queen of the streets of LA. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Aug 9, 2014

    Overall, I liked the issue when I read it four years ago, and I still like it. While the price has increased a bit as a single issue, it's still well worth picking up and checking out some new talent. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Aug 5, 2014

    Genius #1 is the beginning of a weekly series that proves the prowess of its creative team with each sequential page turn. It's clear they know what they're doing and I for one can't wait to see how this war turns out for our gutsy fighters and the police in their midst. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Aug 5, 2014

    All-in-all, it's a captivating story that, moving forward, will prove to be a big hit. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Aug 5, 2014

    LA Gang warfare normally holds about the same interest for me as other un-ending conflicts, but between the strange premise and Afua Richardson's artwork, I find myself intrigued and looking forward to another issue to see how this all plays out. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 7, 2014

    The cover art is not at all representative of the inner contents, and in this case that's a good thing. The interior art isn't so pointlessly sexualized. Afua Richardson opts for a slightly surreal style, full of dynamic angles and exaggerated characters. The approach works for the most part, though people and objects tend to stand out from the vaguely defined backgrounds like paper dolls. Here again, the book veers away from the Top Cow norm, and that's not a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 6, 2014

    Overall it was entertaining. I think it would have been nice to re-release the Pilot Season issue as a zero issue leading into this issue, but hey it's too late for that now. I'm curious to see where it goes from here, but I don't know if I need to know where it goes from here. Unfortunately I don't think I'm as interested in this series as I was six years ago and it's honestly because the market has changed, the storytelling has changed and as a reader my personal tastes have changed. But maybe I'll give the second issue a shot. Maybe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Aug 6, 2014

    The artwork by Afua Richardson is a mixed bag as well. The imagery is striking at times — Destiny's backstory and the second page for instance (though it's sort of ruined by the narration), which both have a lot of power behind them. Other times it's just rather bland and boring, like the scene that introduces Grey. The coloring that definitely helps with a lot of the scenes. Also, on a final note, the comic boasts something that I rarely see with comics and that's really hard to read text. Luckily, it's only confined to the first page, but it still made it a very big pain to read.Is It Good? Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Stuff Like That Aug 4, 2014

    Genius feels like a comic from a team that is still finding its voice and developing its craft. That said, its not a bad read and has some terrific pages in it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 6, 2014

    Genius isn't as smart as it wants to be. The artwork isn't bad, but it proves incapable of conveying the story that the writers have to explain on page one so the audience will have some vague idea of what is going on. There is little to recommend this book to anybut the most devout fans of the true crime genre. Read Full Review

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