I mentioned this on Twitter and then popped over to Facebook in order to utilize more than 140 characters to rave about Genius, by Steven T. Seagle & Teddy Kristiansen, from First Second Books. It’s been a while since I’ve been so moved and excited about a specific comic. Sure, I love all the new Michael DeForge stuff, love Chuck Forsman’s Oily Comics stuff, love Saga and Prophet and Mind MGMT. But this book was something different for me.
I think it’s mainly due to the narrative - which is beautifully brought to life by Kristiansen’s art, please don’t think that when I am talking about the narrative I’m just talking about the writing, this book would not be as good as it is without the amazing artwork from Kristiansen - and mainly due to my continuing growth as a creator. Seagle & Kristiansen pulled off something brilliant and sublime and elegantly simple (through a lot of heavy lifting in the first 100+ pages) with the ending to this book.
Like I stated other places - and plan on expanding upon even more at Warrior27, when I get the time - they push the narrative toward a climax that cannot work … and yet, once you arrive, it’s perfect.
So good. Buy this book. Read this book. And be amazed at two great storytellers coming together to create another classic.