Review – Geiger #2
Writer: Geoff Johns
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: May 12, 2021
The critically acclaimed team of writer GEOFF JOHNS and artist GARY FRANK unites with superstar colourist BRAD ANDERSON to bring their first creator-owned hero to Image Comics! Set in the years after nuclear war ravaged the planet, desperate outlaws battle for survival in a world of radioactive chaos. Out past the poisoned wasteland lives a man even the Nightcrawlers and Organ People fear. Some name him Joe Glow, others call him the Meltdown Man. But his name…is Geiger!!
Issue 2: They found it—out in the atomic wasteland, a relic from before the war! But what is it: a tool to bring hope back to humanity, or a weapon to finish what the bombs started? Depends on who gets it: the Casino Warlords of Las Vegas or the man called Geiger!
Writing (contains Spoilers!)
I crammed issue #1 to allow me to accurately review Geiger #2 and I’m glad I did! I’m a big Fallout fan including the almost flawless New Vegas game and Geiger is shaping into my kind of Comic.
Johns is starting the story slow, with the basic unwilling protagonist and bullying antagonist elements. Poor Tariq Geiger was suffering from a mysterious evolving cancer and that’s before exposure to a fission bomb in the face. His body responded to the cancer treatment by spiking a fever around 120 degrees, the bomb raised his temperature to a balmy 60 million kelvin and transformed him into any immortal radioactive man.
Back to the comic…. a couple enters Vegas and seek out HazMatt to offer the prized nuclear football to the king we glimpsed in issue 1. Johns’ Vegas looks very clean but from the waitresses point of view, life is hard and her two kids are old enough to work in the Dragon Club so what’s a girl to do? Carolina swipes the nuclear football she, and the kids flee only to be attacked by HazMatt and his crew, escaping to the Nevada desert they are then attacked by oversized ants and scorpions (a la Fallout!) enter our hero Geiger!
The art and designs from Gary Frank are great, especially the facial expressions on the characters, Carolina the waitress is used to flip the plot from the high rollers to the Vegas underclass brilliantly. Brad Anderson continues to kill it with the colours and whenever Geiger is around the luminescent greens are turned up to 11!
I still struggle with the shiney Vegas that doesn’t show any immediate impacts of the war, perhaps the map provided in Issue #1 will be expanded over the issues to show the underbelly?
The full page images explode off the page and echos of Hulk and Deadpool follow the character on his quest for…something to read!
I enjoyed this issue immensely, and I loved this stripped-down comic with just basic plot elements to allow you to be drawn into the story! With only four issues left I have high hopes! I’ve seen quite a few reviews complaining that this is a slow burn story, but give me that any day over a 300 hero smash em up story!
Thanks’ to Image comics for the free preview to allow BGCP to review! What do you think of Geiger #2 and our review will you be adding it to your subs?
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