Genius #4 Review

The penultimate issue is here, but does it do enough to set up a proper finale? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

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?

Genius 4_Preview PageHere we are, this engaging comic book is heading toward the end of its volume and the creative team continues to hit its stride. From beginning to end I was engaged in a sordid act that put our two focal characters on a path begging for intersection with the tanks literally on the way.

Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman work together to yield a script that impressed me. Each page carried moments that felt essential to the narrative, and save for a few bits of dialogue the pace flowed smoothly. And right now that’s exactly what this release needed, as the tension rose, actions were taken and losses bubbled to the surface. It’s a powerful outing and there’s not much more than can be asked of this tale as it continues the odyssey of Destiny and her war not just against the police or the status quo, but on herself.

Four issues in and I’m still enamored with the art by Afua Richardson. The talent effortlessly realized a hyper-reality that embodies various levels of society without cheapening them. The text represents different walks of life and within that literary interpretation we see a barrage of colors and line work that’s bound to please even the most discerning fanboy or fangirl. To sum up: this is the level of quality that the written word demanded and deserved.

Genius #4 exists as a worthwhile continuation of a property that deserves a spot on your pull-list. In short: the comic book is better than good as it glides to a recommendation.

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