Genius by Steven T Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen

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I realize that this book is about a quantum physicist and his issues with his work.

This is, after all, the description from Goodreads:

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

But the thing I took away from this graphic novel was the conversation Ted had with his 14-year-old son, about girls and dating:

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Because I have two boys and while they are still so little, I cannot imagine having such a conversation with them in the future, that they one day will be in school proper, that they will be teenagers, that they will no longer be these littles that are sitting with me at the kitchen having breakfast (well, one is having breakfast, one hand on the spoon, the other clutching his truck, the other having had his baby cereal is babbling to himself in the high chair, watching his older brother eat).

I might not know anything about quantum physics (or for that matter what quantum physics actually is) or talk to Einstein in my sleep (doubt that), but I’m starting to understand what it is to be a mother to two boys (one still a baby, and almost always mistaken for a girl), then again, does one really understand what it means to be a parent?

So while I wasn’t all that fond of that washed out illustrated look full of greys and muted tones, although there were some great art moments like Einstein on a roller coaster, Genius was an emotional ride rooted in reality (with all kinds of big quantum physics ideas rolling around in Ted’s head).

By the way, here’s a fun Einstein vs Darth Vader video:

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3 thoughts on “Genius by Steven T Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen

  1. I wasn’t fond of the muted colors also but I took that as having something to do with the protagonist’s “muted” state of mind. He was basically a floater at first…I still want to know what’s Einstein’s secret that he died with. So mysterious.

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