Geiger #2, 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. The walls surrounding Las Vegas keep the inhabitants safe from the terrors outside, but what about the terrors within? Geiger #1 introduced us to the fallout-infested lands that lead to Las Vegas. Now, Geiger #2 gives us a horrific insight into the volatile people that inhabit it. In issue #2, we meet a cast of secondary characters. That is by no means to dismiss them as unimportant; they play pivotal roles in demonstrating how twisted this kingdom of Las Vegas has become. Two outsiders arrive wearing hazmat suits over their ballroom attire, carrying a holy grail for the king referred to as the “Nuclear Football.”
Carolina, the waitress, snatches this mysterious package while the king’s muscle is busy gambling and flees the casino floor to escape Las Vegas with her family. She planned to use this mysterious hunk of metal as payment through any territory they cross. Naturally, things become chaotic, and the escape does not go as planned.
Geiger #2’s final pages are a tour de force. We get full-page splashes of Tariq fighting in his radioactive glory, and the king of Las Vegas gathering his forces to retrieve the Nuclear Football while swearing vengeance against Tariq for brutally scarring his face. However, the most interesting event of them all is when the king pays a visit to a mysterious figure. There is not much to say about it, not because it is a spoiler, but because it is shrouded in so much mystery! Each page is turned up to 11 in both writing and art.
Johns paces this story tremendously, tailoring each page with equal parts suspense and action. The frantic dialogue between Carolina and her children is bone-chilling and believable; her fear and urgency to escape were palpable.
Frank hits yet another issue out of the park. Aside from the jaw-dropping full art pages, it is the small details that I think truly make this issue shine. The details in the casino add tremendous depth. In Ye Old Slots room, there are people having conversations on the second floor and movement throughout the first, and when they transition to The Manhattan, it is as busy as a real casino.
These busy casino scenes are incredibly detailed and finely tuned with Anderson’s colors. The colors within the Las Vegas compound are so bright and exciting; even the hazmat suits are fluorescent green and jump off the page. This illuminated color palate drastically differs from the rustic tones used in The Outside. Leigh’s letters feel like the casing that contains this atomic bomb. They don’t impede on the story in the least.
Geiger #2 delivers even more than the previous issue. The kingdom of Las Vegas isn’t as glamourous as it seems, and the king is slowly readying to wage war on The Meltdown Man. In addition, we are meeting more key characters while also being kept in the dark about Tariq. These issues leave me begging for more, and for that reason, Geiger has effortlessly kept its 5/5 rating from me.
Geiger #2 is available now wherever comics are sold.
Geiger #2 delivers even more than the previous issue. The kingdom of Las Vegas isn’t as glamourous as it seems, and the king is slowly readying to wage war on The Meltdown Man. In addition, we are meeting more key characters while also being kept in the dark about Tariq.