Genius #5

Jan. 22nd, 2016 02:10 pm
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"I just read several pages of a comic called GENIUS on one of those nasty piratey web places. It’s written by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman, and illustrated by Afua Richardson. And the idea is so simple and crystal that I could spit.

Every generation has its own naturally gifted brilliant military mind. Some people just have a genius for military thinking. What if this generation’s natural military genius was a seventeen-year-old girl living the gang life in the middle of South Central LA? And what if she had, since she was old enough to fuck shit up, been connecting people and laying plans for the only war she’d ever want to wage?

Next: an extraordinarily large pile of dead LAPD.

I’d really like to read more of this, but it turns out it’s tied into Top Cow’s Pilot Season project, which means people have to go and vote for it. I haven’t read the others — I know Jonathan Hickman has something in play, as does Josh Fialkov. GENIUS just happened to be the one I saw first. Since I always want new comics from Jon and Josh, I may have to beat some people at Top Cow. Because I require more GENIUS, too."

- Warren Ellis

Source: http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=6387


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Genius #4

Jan. 21st, 2016 04:00 pm
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"Every villain is the hero of his or her own story. But Destiny Ajaye is smart enough to know that she’s the villain of this drama. She is an agent of change. And change is almost always bloody."

- Marc Bernardin


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Genius #3

Jan. 20th, 2016 05:35 am
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"My first comics were Marvel’s black and white Savage Sword of Conan magazines. In a black and white comic, everyone is basically the same color, but Conan’s flowing locks made it obvious that he was a white dude. It was equally obvious, though, that he was an outsider. Most people didn’t like him when they first encountered him. He was from someplace else. Not quite the last of his kind, but close. Conan, in turn, greeted that antipathy with scorn and strength. He just did what he did and took what he wanted, to hell with what anyone thought of him.

From there, I moved on to the X-Men, as does every teenager who comes to comics at 13. The metaphor at the center of the X-Men is like chum in the adolescent water: Our bodies are changing in ways we don’t understand and aren’t prepared for; we all want to be special, but more than that, we want to be special together. We want kinship and purpose, and to have the power to lash out at those who hurt us as well as the restraint to not."

- Marc Bernardin


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Genius #2

Jan. 19th, 2016 05:56 am
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"Eventually, Adam and I pitched a book idea to a bunch of different publishers. Most of them liked it quite a bit, but no one would take it. A comic book about a teenaged girl named Destiny from South Central Los Angeles, raised in the ‘hood, bloodied on the streets—and who also happens to be the most gifted military mind of her generation—was a non-starter. When they asked what would happen in the book, it got even worse: Destiny would wage war against the system and all who represented it. Decades of both institutional and overt racism would lead to a tipping point and she would be the one doing the tipping. She would unite all the gangs in L.A. and secede a few square blocks of South Central from the Union by force. And she would kill LAPD officers to do it.

A book with a black female lead (the very definition of anathema in the comics world) who would be gunning down police officers? “No, thanks” was the response we got from everyone.

Everyone but Top Cow, a division of Image Comics—one of the last real bastions of creator-owned comics. They released a one-shot a couple of years back to overwhelming response (you can find that issue on Comixology for free, or so they tell me). Now, the five-issue miniseries is arriving."

- Marc Bernardin


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Genius #1

Jan. 18th, 2016 06:40 am
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"My wife likes falling asleep to the History Channel. And she falls asleep way easier than I do. One night, there was a documentary about hate groups. (No network can be all WWII all the time.) They interviewed a guy who ran one of those militia compounds deep in the backwoods of wherever the hell they still have backwoods. Here’s what he said about why he and his buddies were training deep in the heart of nowhere: “You don’t understand, all them gangbangers have been in combat, they all know how to shoot, they’ve all killed people before. They ain’t afraid of it. When the race war comes, they will have the advantage. So we gotta prepare.”

“They will have the advantage.” Another jiggle to the same light switch. This time, it turned on."

- Marc Bernardin


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"Wait, this comic is about a group that robs from mega-churches and gives the money to charity? That's cool as hell! This comic is really great!"

- Robert Kirkman

"The Tithe's aim is true - targeting the hypocrisy born of naivete. As such it will piss off a lot of people. My only regret is that I didn't write it. Well, done, Mr. Hawkins!"

- Jim Valentino

"If you're fan of heist movies like Heat and The Town, you'll get a kick out of The Tithe. Instead of banks or art museums however, we're robbing mega-churches and the morality of all involved is put to the test."

- Matt Hawkins


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The other day, my memory was jogged to think of Top Cow's Pilot Season. As far as I can tell, only two winners were ever made into miniseries - Genius, which was not stunning, and Twilight Guardian. Genius took 6 years to make it from pilot to a mini series, and for that reason, I wasn't incredibly optimistic when my pick The Beauty won the 2011 Pilot Season

It's a police procedural... whose twist is established on the very first page, with a short info dump )

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