Yesterday, Top Cow/Image Comics published the second issue of Genius, by Marc Bernadin, Adam Freeman and Afua Richardson.
It seemed like it had been ripped from the day’s headlines.
That a new issue is being published every week this month can only help that feeling of being right on the button, even though it was produced over many months.
It stars the character Destiny, an incredibly gifted teenager, born in the gangster-fueled environment of Los Angeles and she has, using all manner of war strategies, united the gangs behind her in an attempt to take down the Los Angeles Police Department who shot and killed her mother when she was much younger.
Her opposite is an under-appreciated strategist working for the police who has theorised her existence for some time and believes that she is behind a recent successful slaying of a group of police. Of course he presumes that she is a he.
And their chess match, using people’s lives, plays out across the LA streets. And it all kicks off with the killing by police of a young black man….