Comic Review: Genius #1

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Title: Genius #1 (Genius #1)
Author:  Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Afua Richardson (Ilustrator)
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Image
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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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.


My Review: 

This first issue of the five issue series explores the idea that, what if the greatest military mind of our generation was from a poor, crime filled area like South Central, L.A.? 

This issue is tightly packed and we get introduced to our protagonist and antagonist fairly quickly with narration splitting between Detective Reggie, who's trying to find out who 'Suspect Zero' is, the person uniting the gangs and starting war with the police, and Destiny, 'Suspect Zero' herself, who is leading everyone in her neighborhood together. 

We get flashbacks of who Destiny's parents were and her early childhood intertwined with the detective's narration of how all the past crimes of the past few years have a particular pattern of being connected to Suspect Zero. It was clever and saved us a lot of time while keeping its pace throughout the issue. 

I'm interested to see how this series will unfold since it's only five issues and what the ending will be for Destiny, our military genius hero. 

The first issue of Genius is available here.

Check out my review for the other installments in the series: 

-Amanda Leon

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