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Marc Bernardin is probably best known in comic book circles for his appearances on Kevin Smith’s Fat Man on Batman podcast. Genius is something, as Monty Python might say, completely different.
The series debuted to the unique combination of critical acclaim and controversy due to its timing. Capeless’ own Jesse Quick called it “unlike anything currently happening in the industry”.
Bernardin’s finely crafted commentary on race and gang culture emerged as race relations in the United States took a severe turn for the worse, not be design but by chance. As a result, the team behind Genius wound up with one of the most relevant comics in recent memory.
The first volume will be collected in paperback and released to comic book stores on May 27th, with book store release scheduled for June 9th.
We cannot recommend this book enough. Pick it up.
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Writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (Alphas, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, The Authority, The Highwaymen) join forces with artist Afua Richardson for a contemporary, action-packed story in GENIUS. The first five issues of the series will be collected into trade paperback and available this May from Top Cow/Image Comics.
GENIUS, VOL. 1, asks: 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 from 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? This is the story of a city that declares war on a brilliant young woman pushed to the edge.
GENIUS, VOL. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-223-7) hits comic book stores on May 27 and bookstores on June 9, and will be available for $14.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code MAR150534.
More praise for GENIUS:
“Genius is sure to hit home in a variety of ways for a variety of people and its ultimately nice to see a comic tackle the issue of poverty and the effects of a broken system for children as well as the fact that this same system may be somewhat responsible for gangs and gang warfare. It’s a deep read and once the fighting starts, it grips you in an entirely different way as you begin to understand just how far Destiny and her crew will go to win this war.” —We the Nerdy
“The reasons stories like this are so important isn’t because they fill some quota. It is only through the telling of these stories that we come to understand who we are.” —Capeless Crusader
“There are a lot of comics that come and go, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this one’s special and in the end it comes highly recommended.” —Unleash the Fanboy