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EIGHT BILLION GENIES #2 review – Rules of the Game (Soule, Browne, Crank, Knipstein, Schnatz) Image Comics

Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

Eight Billion Genies looks at what would happen if every single person in the world sprouted a genie who can grant them one wish. As you can imagine, some wishes are made well and some go horribly wrong.

Issue 2 delves deeper into the genie rules. The main characters have time to converse with the genies (who are cute little glowy cartoon versions of their master) thanks to a spell cast by the bartender of the bar they were hanging out in that keeps the effects of other wishes out of the bar.  Thanks to that bubble, they can get answers (and some non-answers) from the genies while much of the world burns. It’s fun to see how some wishes play out (there’s one wish featuring a lawyer that had me laughing) and now the genies are giving positive feedback for good wishes, which is hilarious.

I love the art in this book. Aside from the fun little details on the genies, the jam packed panels which show some of the stranger wishes are standouts (my two favorites are a carasaurus and what looks like a real life Mario punching out a real life turtle).

With such a high concept, it has taken the bulk of the first two issues to spell out the ‘genie rules’. As such, the characters are still a bit of a mystery. It will be interesting to see how the story balances the wishes versus the characters. While I recommend starting with issue one, character wise you won’t be too far behind if you start with this issue and know the concept.

Eight Billion Genies #2 is now out.

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Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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