Review: Geiger #2

Geiger – Book Two

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Gary Frank
Color Artist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Rob Leigh

Review by Steve J. Ray

I will admit that even though the first issue of this new series was one I liked, it still left me a little on the fence. Geiger #2 however, has dragged me right off it and firmly planted my feet in the irradiated sands on the other side.

Issue #1 was the ticket into the theme park, but the follow up has lured me onto the newest and best ride in there.

Real People

Geoff Johns has brought life and soul into this book with another brief look into the title character's past, and by introducing some people that I feel will have a huge impact on his future. The brilliant part is that a whole bunch of them are going to be big trouble... and that's just the nice ones!

Gary Frank and Brad Anderson are the perfect art team for this book. This titanic twosome already blew my mind with their work on DC Comics’ Doomsday Clock, and now, as impossible as this may sound, I actually think they’re getting better! This book is full of real, emotive human characters, beautifully juxtaposed with a glowing radioactive hero and his two headed dog… and all of this is just from the first five pages!

Frank and Anderson work brilliantly together. as the line and color art truly enhance each other. Seriously, this is one of the best looking comics on the shelves.

I don’t have a single complaint about this issue. The plot, script, characterization, art, color and lettering are all of a supremely high standard. The people feel real – no matter how crazy the scenario – and every page is a feast for the eyes. The pacing and all breadcrumbs that are being left for future instalments are gaining my interest, and raising my anxiety levels. What more could a comics fan ask for?

Conclusion

I liked the first issue a lot, but I totally loved this one. The growing number of supporting characters, both friendly and otherwise, are fascinating, and this Bronze Age comics hero for the 21st century is really hitting all the right buttons.

Yes sir, two issues in and I’m totally into this new world that Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, and Rob Leigh are creating. Geiger #2 is highly recommended reading.

Images Courtesy of Image Comics

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