Comic Book Review: Genecy #1
“An extremely feared and militaristic nation, proudly recognized as the Grunnod, has stolen freedom, joy and fortune from an entire galaxy. They are in search of an ancient artifact from a long, forgotten time. It is believed to unlock a door to an immense and immeasurable power. Many scholars, and others believed to be immortal, have died of old age trying to exhume it. This relic is believed to be hidden deep within the innards of a Grunnodian possessed world. A broken soul seeks revenge for what the cruel Grunnodians have done to his people. He escapes. And when a tortured victim finds power and purpose, the shacklers that face him sing a sad song.
The story starts off with a fierce and brutal rebellion by the Tanaanians against the oppressive Grunnods. In the destructive chaos only one man survives amongst the thousands, and that man is Kaizaxx. He is given a special weapon by fellow rebel Geshemah seconds before his own death. This mysterious weapon may be the very reason that the Grunnods had been enslaving the galaxy. This is the beginning of a difficult journey for Kaizaxx. He absorbs the power of this mysterious weapon before finding himself on a planet that he has only heard about in myth. The Dome of Raknirod. From here he battles otherworldly foes and is led to his destiny to become the powerful Genecy.
I read this comic twice before writing this review simply because I enjoyed it so much. Genecy is the kind of science fiction narrative that reminds me of the fantastical stories I read when I was a child. As the story begins the reader is already smack dab in the action of the rebellion, giving the story a nice and fresh start. As the tale continues many questions are raised about Kaizaxx, how the Tanaanian rebellion came to be, among Geshemah’s role in the retaliation. Not all of the questions are answered, but it in no way detracts from the story being told. It simply left me hungry for more.
We’re introduced to an intriguing universe and given hints to its expansive history. I can’t wait for the next issues because I want to learn more about the world of Genecy, and honestly, I think you will too. Even though not much is revealed about Kaizaxx in the story, you can see that he is the product of years of oppression and so are his fellow Tanaanians. Their actions during the revolt against the Grunnods are brutal and perhaps questionable, but not without reason.
The characters in Genecy #1 are diverse and left me wondering what other types of beings reside in this universe. The author, Gerald Cooper, creates a narrative that made me nostalgic for the science fiction I grew up with, but itself is still original. The atmosphere Cooper creates with his story is a neat fusion between a futuristic out-of-this-world society and an ancient one with magic and barbarianism. This atmosphere is nicely complimented by the illustrations by Eddy Barrows and the vibrant colors provided by Tim Ogul and Oren Kramer. I liked how different colors were emphasized with different worlds and different beings. Not only was it appealing as a story, but visually it was a pleasure as well. I can’t wait for Genecy #2.
Bottom Line: Check this comic out. I really liked it and would definitely recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of science fiction.
To purchase Genecy #1, go to Genecy #1 on IndyPlanet.com
Genecy was produced by InVision Comics.