Genius #3

Genius #3

Writer: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Artist: Afua Richardson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 20, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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GENIUS: ISSUES 1-5, WEEKLY THROUGHOUT AUGUST The Winner of Top Cow's Pilot Season makes its triumphant return to print! 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.

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Aug 19, 2014

    Genius #3 is a superbly realized act in a topical epic that deserves to hold your attention. There are a lot of comics that come and go, but there's no doubt in my mind that this one's special and in the end it comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Aug 19, 2014

    Richardson delivers again in the art department. Every inch of that little space in South Central is drawn to perfection. The characters come to life as always, breathing and emoting like only Richardson can draw. I love the way she makes Destiny this unassuming hero with her facial expressions, but the writing cuts into the art to make every line mean something different each time you read. Richardson can make the most vicious character look approachable. I applaud her work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Aug 22, 2014

    With only two issues left to go until the run is complete it will be interesting to see if they plan to mirror the reality of this situation to the bitter end or exercise their creative rights and subvert the expectations of their audience. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Kierra Prince Aug 20, 2014

    Afua Richardson's art style is still going to be a love it or hate it thing but I personally love it. It's very reminiscent of graffiti art and the backgrounds are full of tongue-in-cheek references to real brands. I am, however, beginning to notice a definite divide between certain artistic choices between Destiny and the gangs and the police force. While Destiny and the gangs tend to be drawn with colorful outlines and plenty of color, police and people in power are almost entirely down in shades of gray, black, and blue. And a large number of the police forced are lacking the thick outlines. It creates a nice visual divide between the two factions. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Emma Kathryn Aug 21, 2014

    A slight lull in the middle of the series but still a high-quality outing for Destiny as she reveals more of the politics of her neighbourhood. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Aug 19, 2014

    Hopefully the plot holes that Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman left open in the first two issue will be filled in, and they can continue to build the tension. Currently, Destinys troops dont see the big picture, and she has to not only keep one step ahead of her enemy, but also fight to keep her position within. The tension is building, and Im enjoying this progression Genius. The premise gives readers that sense of joining the story by trying to anticipate the next steps, and sympathetically viewing the characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Aug 21, 2014

    The book fails to live up to the expectations established in the first two outings; however, it does set the stage for the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Aug 21, 2014

    While Genius falters on a storytelling front, the comic continues to ooze atmosphere. Richardson excels at character designs that cover a wide range of looks, making each of south central LA's residents a unique individual. Kudos to him as well for making a young Destiny look badass, if strangely sexualized, as she holds target practice on a Mr. T action figure. Additionally, the decision to illustrate the bass notes once the party gets started adds an auditory element to the comic that doesn't seem forced at all. In the wake of recent events in Ferguson, Genius has the potential to be the rare independent comic that strikes a chord with non comic readers. If Bernardin and Freeman finds a way to transfigure his caricatures into characters maybe he can still pull it off, but chances are that that's not happening. Read Full Review

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