REVIEW: ‘Geiger,’ Issue #3

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Geiger #3, 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 minds behind Geiger deliver yet another impressive issue.

Geiger #3 was a reflective piece that continued the cliffhanger from issue #2 while also answering some mysterious plot points from the series thus far. In the previous issue, siblings Hailee and Henry drive a stolen car into the wastelands to avoid the king’s men and cross paths with the infamous glowing man.

This issue is an expert demonstration of how to advance a plot while simultaneously answering open-ended plot points such as to how Geiger became the infamous glowing man.  Aside from the reveal of how he became infused with radioactive powers, the well from which Geiger draws strength was the hope of one day seeing his family again.

We learn that the King’s burn marks on his face came from Geiger, who had lost all hope and will to live when the King and his men ambushed and disrespected the shelter where Geiger had tried to keep his family safe. Once the flashbacks end and we resume to present time, Geiger defends the siblings from another attack and decides then and there, to help them on their journey to freedom.

Johns effortlessly weaves events from the first issue of the story to the current setting. Having these reveals come to light slowly makes the story even more addicting. I appreciate this method of answering questions while continuing to progress the story so that the events are never left unanswered for too long, and the plot is not allowed enough time to become stale.

Frank exceeds my expectations for every issue. As a fan of his work prior to this series, it’s truly remarkable how I’m still taken back with each project he does. I would like to focus on one aspect of this issue, which is the environmental suits the King and his men wear when attacking Geiger. Frank delivers a medieval/sci-fi look that is new and completely fitting to the story.

Aside from that one aspect, this issue is action-packed, full of attitude, and bursting with beautiful colors. Anderson truly plays to the gritty setting of the story and blends the dark, ominous shadows of the wasteland with the vibrant radioactive neon of Vegas and Geiger. There are some truly impressive panels in this story that demonstrate Anderson’s ability to color dynamic lighting. The further we are from the casino floors the less light we are exposed to. So seeing situations where Geiger is fighting under a full moon, or his green radiance spilling across an enemy’s face are triumphant.

Geiger #3 delivers the best issue of the series yet. It’s the most informative issue, expanding on the lore of Geiger while also keeping us on the edge of our seats. Geiger is the type of hero comic we didn’t know we needed but now can’t live without.

Geiger #3 is available wherever comics are sold.

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TL;DR

Geiger #3 delivers the best issue of the series yet. It’s the most informative issue, expanding on the lore of Geiger while also keeping us on the edge of our seats. Geiger is the type of hero comic we didn’t know we needed but now can’t live without.