Graphic Novel Review: Genius by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansenon July 9, 2013 at 6:43 am
Author: Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen
|Book Rating: 4/5|
|Bottom Line: Genius shows why comics are a viable storytelling medium for adults.|
In their comic book Genius, acclaimed duo Teddy H. Kristiansen and Steven T. Seagle have created an exploration of the heights of intellectual and scientific achievement and the depths of human emotion and confusion.
The book is full of dramatic moments. These are honest moments and will make people think twice about comics only being about superheroes. Genius shows the kinds of feats comics are capable of achieving and why they are a viable storytelling medium for adults.
The art also turns comic art on its head. It is minimal. Backgrounds, establishing shots, and other ‘critical’ storytelling devices are in short supply, but the art is easy to follow. Emotions shoot off the page. There are some times when you aren’t sure exactly where you are. Inside, outside, in a dream? Sometimes it doesn’t matter and sometimes it elevates the storytelling.
The story ends up using a device that I both love and hate. The ending that isn’t an ending. There is no closure. On one hand it lets the reader continue ‘living’ in the world of the story, making up their own outcomes. However it tends to leave one incomplete. Many an Oscar nominee follows this design, so what do I know?
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review