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?
Have you seen the news lately? Things have really come to a head in this country. Rather it be Ferguson or Baltimore you can’t deny that people are fighting back against the “system”, regardless of what they think the system is. Genius shows the grim realties of this conflict. We see it all here. The decrepit state of Compton, the cop mentality that’s behind a SWAT van, and above all else the consequences of such brutal violence.
Writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman have crafted an incredible narrative. An orphaned teenage girl named Destiny has decided that Compton should secede from the rest of Los Angeles. She’s been planning this for years, and using nothing but the power of modern technology (bluetooth pieces, hacking security feeds, etc.) Destiny is able to fight back and take control of her land.
This is a war and there are casualties on both sides. Artist Afua Richardson brings a cold, realistic perspective to the story. Genius does not pull any bunches when displaying the consequences of violence. There is an appropriate amount of blood and gore, and when someone dies they aren’t simply forgotten.
While some people are either street-smart or book-smart, Destiny is both of them. While everyone else in her high school was flunking out, she was playing Chess on the computer and reading The Art of War. She really is making a difference for her neighborhood, but it comes at a tremendous cost. One thing’s for sure though, Destiny is a genius!
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.