Published by First Second on July 9th, 2013
Genres: adult, contemporary, graphic novel
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Ted Marx works hard at his career as a quantum physicist. But lately the demands of his job have begun to overwhelm him. Then Ted makes a startling discovery: his wife's father once knew Einstein and claims that Einstein entrusted to him a final, devastating secret—a secret even more profound and shattering than the work that led to the first atom bombs. If Ted can convince his father-in-law to tell him what Einstein had to say, his job will be safe. But does he dare reveal Einstein's most dangerous secret to those who might exploit it? 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.
Genius has a fairly low rating on Goodreads, so I didn’t really expect to enjoy it as much as I did. But I loved it! I told you I was going to start reviewing more graphic novels on the blog, and this is my second of many more (hopefully) to come. The story in this one is incredibly unique and entirely not what I expected. To be completely honest, I went into this one with almost zero expectations. I knew I loved the illustrations already after a quick peek upon receiving this in the mail. But I sort of thought this would be more lighthearted and less depressing than it was.
This is the story of a man who has run out of ideas. He’s a quantum physicist but is having a hard time keeping up with the younger people at his job. He finds out that his father-in-law used to work for Albert Einstein and Einstein told him a secret that he had never shared with anyone else. Ted wants this secret so he can save his job and his marriage. But he faces a moral dilemma because this secret can completely change the world as we know it and everything we know about science. So does he tell or keep it to himself for all time?
I really enjoyed this one. I thought the premise was incredibly interesting and engaging. I saw some reviews saying it was far-fetched but I didn’t feel that way at all. If there’s one thing I can complain about, it’s that I was looking for a little more emotion in the writing. I feel it was almost there but not quite. There are some interesting dream sequences that really made me think, but overall, parts of this book were lacking feeling. That said, this book excels the most in the story it tells and the moral dilemma it presents.
This book is a short one but I couldn’t put it down. It has an amazing plot and original ideas, and I don’t really have much else to say. I definitely recommend it to fans of graphic novels. I’m not sure why the ratings are so low. I thoroughly enjoyed it but if it were even possible, I enjoyed the artwork more.