REVIEW: ‘Geiger,’ Issue #4

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Geiger #4 - But Why Tho

Geiger #4, 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 the series’ most high-octane issue yet.

In the previous issue, siblings Hailee and Henry fled into the desert wastelands in a stolen car and encountered the mysterious Glowing Man. Geiger came to the aid of the defenseless children as the King’s men approached them in their hunt for the Atomic Football.

Geiger #4 hits the ground running with a Mad Max-style highspeed desert showdown as The Organ People, tumor-infested vessels of nuclear fallout, chase down the trio to harvest their healthy organs and eat whatever they cannot transplant into themselves.

Meanwhile, we continue to learn more of the King’s plan and of the mysteries that hide behind the Vegas lights. Deep within a hidden chamber, the King has locked his mother, the Queen of the land, in dark isolation for the suffering she forced him to endure under the hands of his father. In an act of revenge, he opens a vent into the outside world to allow the radiation in and will only stop once she confesses the nuclear launch codes his late father wielded.

I have known since the first issue that this series would become an all-time favorite, and I was right. At the end of every issue, I have been certain that the next issue could not possibly get any more intense, yet they always do. Johns has increased the stakes and added new elements of danger to an increasingly tense story. This issue certainly revolved around the action, but it was not without glimpses into the Geiger lore.

Frank’s artistic presentation is an honor to witness in this piece. With this issue being so action-heavy, there were a lot of moving parts on each page. Frank absolutely crushes these busy panels and pages, where each moment is fluid and not overly cluttered. The transitions into and out of the action sequences are graceful and well-plotted, and the fear and anxiousness are felt when looking at the expressions drawn into Hailee and Henry.

This issue is elevated by Anderson’s colors.  Frank’s gritty pencils are splashed to life with Anderson’s color palette, allowing Geiger to leap off the page in radioactive greens that starkly contrast the muted tones of the wastelands. When the story transitions into and out of the casino floor, you begin to adore the rich multitude of colors the casino is boiling over with because, on the next page, it is back to the sand. It is a beautiful demonstration, honestly.

Geiger #4 dives deeper into the history of the protagonist while also upping the stakes for everyone involved. There is a war burning on both ends, and judging by this issue, we will see who will be burned in the end!

Geiger #4 is available now wherever comics are sold.

Geiger #4
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TL;DR

Geiger #4 dives deeper into the history of the protagonist while also upping the stakes for everyone involved. There is a war burning on both ends, and judging by this issue, we will see who will be burned in the end!