Friday, October 18, 2013

Genius by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen

Ted found school really boring and the teachers could tell him little that got him excited. He was always too busy doing something else too, much to the frustration of his teachers. Ted is gifted, brilliant. So brilliant even that he is able to skip a couple of classes. You could say that mentally he is a couple of years ahead of his peers, but physically though, he is a few years behind his classmates. Ted discovers there is a chasm between knowledge and knowing.

After this introduction Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen compare Ted's intellect to that of Albert Einstein after which they take us forward to present time, a time where Ted is an adult, with a wife and two children. He has a 'normal' son and a daughter that might even be more gifted or brilliant than he is himself. Ted's wife's father Francis lives with the family and actually Ted and him do not really understand each other well and maybe do not even seem to want to.

Francis is senile, but suddenly says he used to work with Einstein many years ago. Ted however thinks Francis is a lunatic and is making this stuff up as he does many things all the time. His wife however confirms the story. Ted is surprised she never told him this, especially considering the fact Ted is a quantum physicist and is about to lose his job. When Ted finds out that Einstein told Francis a secret he could never tell anyone else, he wants to know all about it.

So what's the big secret and how big can it be? Will this help Ted retain his job at his employer? And could his sick wife benefit from this secret, and in what way? If these are the sort of questions you want to ask yourself when reading a graphic novel, look no further than Genius!

Needless to say I really enjoyed this unique, but short story, in this little book that surely is one of the best new graphic novels I've read this year. It's amazing to see that a writer can put a story to paper  about a character much much smarter than himself and still manage to make him look fully credible too. The drawings, watercolor hues, and the letters are all by Teddy Kristiansen and are as always a perfect fit for Seagle's story. Genius is, like the other collaborations of this duo, such as Vertigo's House of Secrets and Image Comics' flip-book The Red Diary / The Re[a]d Diary, a 'must read'.

Genius is published by FirstSecond for $17.99 | ISBN13: 9781596432635 | Preview

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