I’m so happy that Genius is back! After the Siege of Los Angeles came to a close our young mastermind was taken into custody via the Madrasa Institute. To the world at large she’s dead but for 17-year-old Destiny Ajaye she’s a guest at the government’s expense. The creative team has hit the ground running, penning as easy to follow sequel to the 2014 original with a well thought out atmosphere to boot.
Starring a compelling protagonist that deserves a spot on your pull-list Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman raise the stakes with simple plot progression. We see that Destiny was isolated in this compound, but she made a friend who then ended up dead. And through that loss our main character, the grand mastermind, will do just about anything to get what she wants. One decisions leads to another and another with dialogue and inner narration that perfectly highlights espionage, planning and just whatever might be happening next, for or to Ms. Ajaye.
Rosi Kampe continues to offer deliberately controlled lines that suit the second issue of this new volume from cover to cover. There’s a lot to love in this Top Cow release, and when the mission gets rolling the talent absolutely nails it. There are some rather complicated scenes and the way the illustrator approaches them speaks volumes of the quality work within these pages. Overall on the visual side the colors by Brad Simpson add even more spunk to the yarn which allows the display to truly pop before we reach one hell of a cliffhanger finish.
Genius: Cartel #2 has one message to its audience: go out and buy this book! The creative team is firing on all cylinders maintaining a quality that allows this sequel to more than work even three years later. It’s a compelling read from start to finish with a main character that’s worth rooting for. Add in some smart dialogue, here and there, plus good plot progression and enough style to make this issue a must own.
(8.5 / 10)