"Genius" is about a man named Theodore/Ted who is basically just that, a genius, but struggling at his job where everyone is super-intelligent (he's a quantum physicist) and has to crank out cool projects or face being fired. He does have a nice family consisting of a wife, a teenage son, and a young girl, but Ted finds it difficult to communicate with his family sometimes. The other complicating thing is how his Father-in-law lives with them, and despite being physically weak and not completely "all there" he does have a secret, one that could potentially be very useful to Ted.
|Things aren't going the best at work for Ted.|
One of the main reasons I enjoyed "Genius" was because Ted is a very empathetic character--if not without his flaws. Through us seeing his daily trials and sharing in his surreal dreams of wondering just what the big secret could be the reader really grows to care about our protagonist and his family.
Another thing I really liked about "Genius" is something I have not even discussed yet, the art. Provided by Teddy Kristiansen, "Genius" has an ethereal painterly look which compliments the more abstract parts of the book (when Ted dreams, or shows us concepts in science) beautifully. When we're in the "real-world" there is a bit more of a harder-looking edge to the art, with penciling being apparent, but it doesn't look too different from the more out-there segments of the book (which is good in that it looks nice, but bad in that sometimes it is hard to tell what's real and what is in Ted's imagination).
|Ted dreams and imagines speaking with Einstein throughout the book.|
To finish out my thoughts, "Genius" is a very enjoyable comic (original graphic novel, if you want to be fancy) that fleshes out its main character expertly even if it struggles in figuring out what to do with some of the secondary characters, either featuring them too much or too little. It also carries gorgeous art that gives everything an other-worldly feeling and makes even the dryer parts of the book interesting--such as when physics or other complicated things are discussed (I myself am terrible at math, so the fact I could follow along means they wrote this well). I would say Genius is definitely worth a read and would recommend you buy a copy or borrow/steal one from a friend. Look for it on shelves once it is officially released on July 9th.
4 out of 5 stars.
A copy of "Genius" was provided to me by First Second Books for review purposes