Words: Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman
Pictures: Afua Richardson
Letters: Troy Peteri
Take Robin Hood, the Kingpin, V for Vendetta, switch genders, crank up the violence and intensity to 11, bring it into modern times and set it in LA, and you’ve got a rough idea of what’s going on in Genius. This issue brings us behind the front lines of the siege that started in the first issue. It becomes more obvious that this is an all out war on all fronts; from the streets, to the news room, to social media, to mayors’ office. Everyone is scrambling, except for our Genius, Destiny. She’s still pulling the strings, but, as the last page points out, that may come back to haunt her. Authors Bernardin and Freeman have set forth a gritty tale of urban oppression and retribution while Afua Richardson brings it to life. And of course, running not too deeply beneath all that action is an undercurrent of real world issues, fears and frustrations. In a world that seems to be constantly ready to boil over, Genius lifts the lid of that pot a bit to take a peek at what’s bubbling up from below.
3.5 out of 5 Molotov Cocktails
So, a few years back I started a comic book vlog called Rockin’ Comics. It started small, with just a few video reviews. Then I launched the Rockin’ Comics Podcast, then the website. Eventually, with the help of some very awesome and talented friends, we were doing a weekly podcast, comic book reviews, feature articles, game reviews, convention coverage, and more.
And then life happened. I don’t want to go into it, but just over a year ago, I had a situation in my life that needed much more of my attention than my comic book podcast. So I walked away, and Rockin’ Comics lingered in limbo.
Jump forward to today. I’m just now comfortable enough to try an dip my toes back into the world of comic book reviews. I’ve been avoiding it for a while for a number of reasons. Time being one. Guilt being another one. I had a hard time coming back to something I really enjoyed, when I knew that I had used it as an escape (sometimes knowingly, most of the time not) from the problems surrounding my life.
But here it is, my humble re-entry into comic book reviews. This is where they will live. If you got here from the now defunct rockincomics.com, this is why you’re here. If you got here any other way, welcome.