REVIEW: ‘Geiger,’ Issue #1

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Geiger #1

Geiger #1 published by Image comics, brings together the all-star creative team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank, Colorist Brad Anderson, and letterer Rob Leigh. This issue takes us into a radioactive earth, where the fallout of nuclear energy has completely changed the world as we know it. Humanity is turned into ruthless scavengers and one man is turned into glowing death!

Geiger begins with Tariq Geiger, a husband and father that sacrificed his own life getting his family into a fallout shelter moments before a nuclear detonation wiped out Nevada, with him still exposed to the blast.

Flash forward twenty years into the future and we are introduced to a new society. Dawned in radioactive suits, these scavengers survive on hunting and gathering techniques throughout the day. Each scavenger adheres to an Arthurian chain of command under a king that lords over Las Vegas.

The tall tales of ‘Joe Glow’ or ‘The Meltdown Man’ are as common knowledge as the understanding of the world around them. Children are raised with stories of the man that needs no suit and that glows green. Even the king, who lives in the shadow of his revered father. With the king’s men disappearing, he sets out to find and kill the myth to prove his worth as heir to the throne.

Geoff Johns is no stranger to storytelling, but I think this series has surpassed my expectations. Tariq feels entirely believable pre-nuke, as a man defending his family. The betrayal he experiences as his neighbors attempt to rob him and his family of their shelter was all too real. What I find most interesting in the writing of this issue is how each individual character we meet has a personality that leaps from the page. Each is incredibly unique.

Gary Frank delivers nothing short of masterpieces on each page, per usual. This series is as ambitious as it is intense, and Frank can bring to life what must have felt like a monster idea in the writing room. The nuclear design of Geiger feels like a breath of fresh air in the world of comics, and nothing feels recycled. It is remarkable to see this post-apocalyptic world take shape on the page.

Anderson compliments the art famously. Even when the story is taking place in the middle of the desert, the colors are vibrant and full of life, leaping off the page at you. So, when the setting changes to inside the King’s lair, or the Las Vegas strip, Anderson can flex his full creativity and deliver stunning colors on stunning art. Leigh’s letters to each page. The font choice is fitting, and each word bubble is economic, allowing for both full dialogue and full art to be delivered. The dynamic letters are minimal, which allows the magnitude of the story to really shine through.

Geiger #1 is a phenomenal first issue and deserves a solid 5 out of 5 from me. This issue delivers all I could ever want and need from a first issue. Tragedy, terror, plot, setting, suspense, and momentum are all present in this issue and it feels like the creative team was harnessing some of that nuclear power to create this story. If this issue is any sign of what is to come from this short run, then sign me up!

Geiger #1 is available now wherever comics are sold.

Geiger #1
5

TL;DR

Geiger #1 is a phenomenal first issue and deserves a solid 5 out of 5 from me. This issue delivers all I could ever want and need from a first issue. Tragedy, terror, plot, setting, suspense, and momentum are all present in this issue and it feels like the creative team was harnessing some of that nuclear power to create this story. If this issue is any sign of what is to come from this short run, then sign me up!