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GEIGER #1 review – Glowing Review (Johns, Frank, Anderson, Leigh) Image Comics

Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

It can be hard to stand out in the post-apocalyptic genre. In its first issue, GEIGER makes a strong case for a place on your reading list. The story starts with some dudes in radiation suits out in a wasteland talking about “The One Who Walks Outside Without A Suit.” As they sit around a campfire, the tale is revealed.

GEIGER has an interesting premise built on a strong backstory. The back third takes the tale in a different direction than I had anticipated by introducing a new character. I’m not sure what to make of him yet, but one of my favorite cities makes an appearance, so I’m game to find out.

The issue has some truly standout visuals. The art is highly detailed, showing wrinkles and individual strands of hair. The most eye-catching panels are the ones using glowing effects. The perspective/angle of the panels shifts subtly to enhance the story and action. The fight scene is expertly choreographed as well. 

The first issue of the series serves as a great origin story for the main character as well as his opponent. I’m curious to see if we learn more about the calamity that kicked things off in the first place, though sometimes a little mystery is a good thing. 


Synopsis courtesy of Image Comics: The critically acclaimed team of writer GEOFF JOHNS and artist GARY FRANK unites with superstar colorist BRAD ANDERSON to bring their first creator-owned hero to Image Comics!Set in the years after a nuclear war ravaged the planet, desperate outlaws battle for survival in a world of radioactive chaos. Out past the poisoned wasteland lives a man even the Nightcrawlers and Organ People fear. Some name him Joe Glow, others call him the Meltdown Man. But his name…is Geiger.


The first issue of GEIGER is set for release on April 7th, but it sold out at the distributor level. A 2nd printing of the issue will be released on April 28th.

Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts on the 2nd issue of the series.


Are you reading the series? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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