Image Announces “Genius”

Image seems set to mix things up; addressing race, class, violence and government with their latest announcement Genius. Coming from writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (Alphas, X-Men Origins: NightcrawlerThe AuthorityThe Highwaymen) along with artist Afua Richardson, Genius tells the story a Destiny, the next greatest military mind of our generation who lives in South Central, L. A.

Image is no stranger to tackling race in their comics with space opera Saga often using race to inform and develop its diverse cast of characters. This next title though hits closer to home ripping issues right from your news screen and playing with the dangerous ideas within. Genius is pegged for a five-issue, weekly run from the 6th of June. To keep informed on any developments keep your eyes on Capeless Crusader!

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What if the next great military mind was a teenaged girl from South Central?

From writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (Alphas, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, The Authority, The Highwaymen), rising-star artist Afua Richardson, and Top Cow’s Minotaur Press comes GENIUS. A harrowing, action-packed tale of a city that declares war on a brilliant young woman pushed to the edge. Complete in five parts, every issue of GENIUS will ship weekly in August. 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? “We’re thrilled to be part of Image’s roster of the new and different,” said Bernardin. “This story—about an urban revolutionary’s war on systemic injustice—is one Adam and I have been wanting to tell for a very long time.”