Comic books have always had a powerful effect on society, focusing on issues people need to confront, including racial prejudice and bullies. By putting the atrocities of life front and center in fiction, readers can step back and reflect on their own human failings, inspiring them to make their world a better place.
Such is the case with Image Comic’s Geiger, penned by Geoff Johns. It covers the three vital conflicts of good literature including one human being against another, one man’s battle against nature and man’s struggle to overcome his inner demons.
New Characters and New Conflicts
In Geiger, the first series in the Geiger Universe, Tariq Geiger is an ordinary but devoted husband and father who wants only to save his family. Although he was able to get his family inside a bunker that would protect them from a nuclear blast, neighbors prevented Tariq from getting in as well, and he was exposed to massive levels of radiation. A little radiation isn’t a problem, but an amount this huge would either kill a man or turn him into a superhero.
Geiger is an example of the latter and Tariq, also called the Meltdown Man, is a superhero that outlaws fear. He’s a worthy companion of other superheroes destined to have their own series once the Geiger series finished.
These courageous men and women are part of a group called the Unnamed and fight in the Unknown War that was responsible for unleashing atomic devastation on the world. Two soon-to-be-released series include The Redcoat and Junkyard Joe.
A British assassin known as The Redcoat fought in the Revolutionary War and attained immortality. He appears again in Geiger rescuing Barney, Tariq’s two-headed dog. The Redcoat will be battling enemies and striving to defeat the terror unleashed by the Great Evil in his own series.
Expect The Redcoat to face a slew of inner conflicts that doubtless arise from being a hired killer. Can he redeem his mercenary ways? What tender sides of The Redcoat’s character will be revealed in his series?
In Junkyard Joe, Morris “Muddy” Davis has internal conflicts of his own that he’ll likely wrestle with. During his time in the Vietnam War, Muddy dealt with bureaucratic gaslighting and will doubtless see the mechanical robot he encountered years ago when his own series, Junkyard Joe is released.
Whatever conflicts these two characters face, it’s sure to provide thrilling entertainment.