Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Genius: Cartel' #2 by Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Rosi Kampe, and Brad Simpson

Destiny Ajaye is in the field for the first time on a mission against the Mexican cartel. 'Genius: Cartel' #2 transitions from psychological warfare at the Madrasa Institute between Destiny and her handlers to covert warfare on the ground in one of the most dangerous missions imaginable. Prepare to catch your breath as Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, and Rosi Kampe ramp up the action and tension.


GENIUS CARTEL #2 
    
Writer: Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman
Artist: Rosi Kampe, Brad Simpson
Letters: Troy Peteri
Publisher: Image Comics/ Top Cow
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

After the mysterious death of her friend, Destiny feels compelled to play the Institute's game and join their crusade. Having a tactical mastermind in Destiny has proven to be a confrontational mind game to the Institute's leaders, Stanton and Jameson. They think they're playing her but who's really playing who here? It's what's made the 'Genius' series so compelling. Bernardin and Freeman take well-worn action thriller tropes and blow them up with a black teenage prodigy at the center. Destiny is driving the action with her own purpose and motivation, it's clearly at odds with the Institute. It's a great cat-and-mouse game that leads to some surprising twists and turns. 

Seeing Destiny in charge of her own platoon in the thick of cartel country is quite the sight to see. Here's a young girl with the military mind above no one else leading a bunch of skeptical men who begin to question her decisions. What she does to manipulate them is pretty impressive. She's a good soldier but not the puppet the Institute was hoping for. 

Rosi Kampe and Brad Simpson provide a balance of fluid layouts and rich colors. Kampe's designs and pacing are perfectly concise and easy to follow. Most of all, it's the expressions and body language of Destiny that tell the story. Her frustration, her contemplation, and her fear are all told through her eyes and face. Kampe captures the tone and emotion of each scene that's succinctly in tune with the script. 

'Genius: Cartel' doesn't disappoint and continues to unfold in dramatic and exciting ways. Destiny is one of the best protagonists in comics and one worth keeping an eye on. With so many compelling turns in a psychological game of wills, this series is just getting started. 

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

New Sci-Fi Horror Series INFINITE DARK From Ryan Cady, Andrea Mutti, and K. Michael Russell Coming in October

Image/Top Cow announce an all-new, sinister ongoing science-fiction series—INFINITE DARK—by Ryan Cady and Andrea Mutti with colorist K. Michael Russell that will hit stores this October.


In INFINITE DARK, the universe has ended, but humanity has survived. For years, the passengers and crew of the vessel Orpheus found the endless void between realities to be a surprisingly peaceful home.

Then they found a body—bloodied, brutalized, and surrounded by inscrutable runes. As Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the Orpheus' first murder, she'll come face to face with a horror from beyond the confines of time itself…

INFINITE DARK #1 will launch from Top Cow/Image Comics this October 2018.

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

PREVIEW: 'Barbarella' #7 by Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar

Barbarella is lost in a maze of Radically Unstable Space-Time, with Pulver Glain, his boys, and his smarter-than-smart gun Sally-Anne hot on her trail. But what’s at the heart of the maze is a threat - and a miracle - that none of them are ready for.


Barbarella #7

writer: Mike Carey  |  artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Butcher Billy (A), Hayden Sherman (B),
              Daniel HDR (C), Giovanni Timpano (D),
              Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
              Butcher Billy (RI-B/W), Daniel HDR (RI-B/W)
              Giovanni Timpano (RI-Virgin)

In Stores 06/20/2018

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |  Mature