Review: Capitalism In Space Is Just As Soulless As On Land In ‘Genu’ – Volume 2

by James Ferguson


There’s money to be made in the far reaches of space, but at what cost?


Things get weird after a group of colonists on Mercury meet an alien traveler. The government and leading tech companies rush in to get a piece of the action. Meanwhile, a strange vision offers an idea as to what might be coming for the future of mankind.

Genu continues to paint a fascinating and slightly unsettling view of the future. It shows technology can further evolve to become an even bigger part of our lives than it already is. Writers Tomasso Todesca, Alex Franquelli, and Giulio Srubek-Tomassy paint this creepy picture, shaded by greed and corruption.

It’s clear this is a very well-defined world and there is a lot to sift through. While the overall universe has quite a lot to sink your teeth into, the characters aren’t as well developed. We’re not very invested in their lives just yet, so the plot kind of happens to them instead of them moving it along. They’re pawns in this massive tale.

Aleksandra Fastovets‘ artwork conveys the clean aesthetic of this futuristic universe. Everything is in its place and almost sterile in nature. The pencils are a little loose at times, conveying more of a sketch-like quality that goes against the tone of the overall story. Basically, sometimes the forms aren’t rendered enough.

The personalities of the characters shine through in Fastovets’ work. You get the sense of who they are, although we still don’t really have a ton of background for them. There’s the stoic determination of the remaining colonists from Mercury and the slightly sinister looks of the rich guy looking to take advantage of the situation.

One concept that’s introduced in Genu: Volume 2 is a kind of virtual reality where people can speak in person while being miles away from one another. It’s like a more advanced Zoom. This is conveyed in an interesting visual style, showing a character in real life and how they’re depicted in this virtual world. Letterer Francesca Colasanti overlaps the word balloons so you can see how they’re coming from different places.

Genu is an intriguing hard sci-fi comic with a mythos that runs deep. It comes through as a little dry at times though since the story has been more focused on the development of this universe than the characters. This strips the story of emotion when it needs it the most.

Genu: Volume 2 from Markosia is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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