Friday, July 30, 2021

Comics Review: GEIGER #4


STORY: Geoff Johns
ART: Gary Frank
COLORS: Brad Anderson
LETTERS: Rob Leigh
EDITOR: Pat McCallum and Brian Cunningham
COVER: Gary Frank with Brad Anderson
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Brad Walker; Shawn Martinbrough; Gary Frank
32pp, Colors, 3.99 U.S. (July 2021)

Rated “T+/Teen Plus”

Geiger created by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

“The Organ People”

Geiger is a comic book series from writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.  Published by Image Comics, Geiger is set on a dying Earth in the years after a nuclear war ravaged the planet and focuses on a “walking bomb” hero.  Colorist Brad Anderson and letterer Rob Leigh complete the series' creative team.

Geiger is set 20 years after the nuclear conflict known as the “Unknown War” ravaged the planet, turning Earth into a dying world.  In the state of Nevada, desperate outlaws battle for survival in a world of rapidly disappearing resources and supplies.  In Boulder City, Nevada, there resides the fearsome man known by many names:  Joe Glow, The Meltdown Man, and the Walking Bomb, to name a few.  But before the war, he was simply a man named Tariq Geiger.  So who or what is Geiger, now?

Geiger #4 (“The Organ People”) opens with another flashback reveal of Tariq's past life.  Now, it's time for Geiger and the siblings, Hailee and Henry, to begin their journey to the place on the map the children's later mother, Candace, gave to them.  Early in the journey, they meet “the Organ People,” and things change.

Meanwhile, back in Vegas, the identity of “the Beast” is revealed.  Plus, rival casino bosses strike a dangerous bargain.

THE LOWDOWN:  As first issues go, Geiger #1 was mostly an introduction, kind of like a prologue.  It introduced the title character, Geiger, giving readers a look at who he was in the past and a glance at who he is now.  Geiger #2 went inside Las Vegas.  With Geiger #3, Geoff Johns began to excavate the heart of the character drama and the passion of old grudges and conflicts.

With Geiger #4, Johns executes his first game changer – in terms of Geiger and the children's fates.  Readers, however, will love the Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior action sequence and the A Boy and His Dog vibe.

In the third issue, Gary Frank's pencil art captures the emotions, passions, and hotter blood of the relationships of the past that shape the present of Geiger's narrative.  In this fourth issue, Frank goes back to the kind of action comic book art and graphical storytelling that he regularly executes as a superstar superhero comic book artist.  He makes Geiger #4 a bracing read.

I'm all in on Geiger now, and I highly recommend it.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank will want to check out Geiger.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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