Comic Review: Genius #2

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Title: Genius #2 (Genius #2)
Author:  Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Afua Richardson (Ilustrator)
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Image
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★


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: 

The second issue of Genius continues the war that Destiny started with the LAPD police. 

The entirety of this issue deals with a war that Destiny has with the police, the police themselves, and a news reporter trying to cover the story. My main problem with this issue is that it lost its focus between the police, the news station and Destiny herself. 

It was a jumbled mess and as a reader, I was thrown to three different perspectives with no pattern. 

In this part of the comic, the entire page is different news station reporting on the conflict happening in LA and this particular panel threw me off the story. 

There's a lot of police killings in the news with nationwide discussions on race right now and I have a hard time believing that a white woman from a local news station would say something so provocative on TV. Whether she is right or not (this is a beauty and book blog here, not a political one), from what I've seen on how the mainstream media deals with race issues, I doubt this would have aired. 

This is a clear point in which the authors reach out to talk to the readers, but it would have worked if what was said was on the internet instead of TV. 

The ending was supposed to be ominous and the beginning of Destiny's followers beginning to question her, but something about it just fell flat to me. 

Genius #2 is available digitally here

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

-Amanda Leon

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