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Geiger #1 Sells Out Again and Gets a Third Printing

The radioactive enthusiasm for the new series Geiger by Doomsday Clock creative team Geoff Johns and Gary Frank continues to burn through inventory of the debut issue at the distributor level. Image Comics has greenlit a third printing in order to keep up with mounting demand for the series.

Rapid paced pre-order activity from retailers on Geiger #1 triggered a rare pre-sell-out for the series with books shipping to stores already sold out at the distributor. A rush reprint was ordered ahead of the release date to accommodate the spike in demand, but the reorder activity has overtaken the inventory once again as buzz for the new series grows.

Geiger is set in the years after a nuclear war ravaged the planet where 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.

Geiger #1, third printing (Diamond Code FEB219020) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 19.

Geiger #1 third printing

Shazam! Arrives in July from Tim Sheridan, Clayton Henry, and Marcelo Maiolo

“SHAZAM!” With a single magic word, the powers of six ancient gods—the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury—are placed in the hands of teenage Billy Batson, transforming him into The World’s Mightiest Mortal! A new Shazam! four-issue mini-series from Tim Sheridan and Clayton Henry, spinning out of the pages of Teen Titans Academy, arrives July 20!

Billy Batson came to Titans Academy looking for answers, but so far has kept his Shazam! identity a secret from his new classmates. Why was the rest of his adopted family cut off from the power of Shazam!? Why are his own powers becoming increasingly unreliable? What has happened to the Rock of Eternity, where is the Wizard, and who can help Billy get his powers back to normal before these mysterious events turn into a full-blown crisis?

The answers send Billy on an outrageous adventure that’ll not only change him…but have an immense impact on the school and other students on Titans Island!

Shazam! #1 (of 4) by Tim Sheridan, Clayton Henry, and Marcelo Maiolo arrives on July 20 with covers by Henry and Maiolo (main), Gary Frank and Brad Anderson (card stock variant), and Steve Lieber (1:25 card stock variant). Shazam! will retail for $3.99 US for 32 pages ($4.99 for card stock variants).

Review: Geiger #1

Geiger #1

Geiger #1 kicks off the high-profile indie series from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. The duo previously worked on DC’s Doomsday Clock, a series that overall fell short of expectations. Geiger #1 does the same.

Geiger #1 really should be called “Old Man knock-off”. The series focuses on the myth of a glowing individual out in the desert who survives the irradiated wastes without a radiation suit. We’re taken through the tragedy of a man who lost his family and was caught in a nuclear explosion leading to today.

The problem is, the setup doesn’t really help the story at all. Johns and Frank leave far too many questions that distract from the main story. It also feels like a retread of so many stories before. There just isn’t that originality or spark to make the debut stand out. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t deliver an interesting enough debut.

In Tariq, aka The Meltdown Man, we get an origin that’s been done to death, an individual caught in a nuclear explosion. With his family safely in a shelter, he’s caught outside to experience things along with attackers attempting to take over the shelter from his family. It’s a fine enough start but there’s no attachment at all. These aren’t characters we get to know. There’s little to feel sympathy for what they go through. Some racism is thrown in by the attackers in what I think is an attempt to do that but it falls flat overall. The attack too comes out of nowhere. There’s not a lot of setup, it just happens which causes a distraction. There’s a detachment with the story due to those two things.

Frank’s art is good. Along with Brad Anderson‘s color, the story is nice to look at. But, as presented we get a world that also doesn’t feel one and the same. There’s scavengers in irradiation suits, the Meltdown Man in his superhero gear, and then a kingdom… where they don’t wear suits? It’s all a little odd and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense visually. But, it looks nice. Rob Leigh‘s lettering packs in a lot as Johns scripts tend go dialogue heavy. It’s impressive how much makes it on to some pages and panels without issue. The only thing is one bit of dialogue at the bottom of a panel that feels like it’s cut off by the imaginary border.

Geiger #1 has a lot of good ideas. It just doesn’t present them well. There’s a choppiness to the story and a disconnect that has me not caring about the characters or what happens. It’s concepts without logic or heart. Maybe it comes together a bit more down the line but as is, this is a debut that doesn’t live up to the excitement and hype.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Color: Brad Anderson Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Geiger #1 Sells Out Ahead of Release and Gets a Second Printing

The highly anticipated new series Geiger—by Doomsday Clock creative team Geoff Johns and Gary Frank—will ship to comic book stores sold out. Early demand for the series has depleted the entirety of the debut issue’s print run, tripping the alarm for preemptive second printings of Geiger #1 ahead of its April 7 on sale date.

Reorder activity from retailers on Geiger #1 is multiplying at a breakneck pace. Image has greenlit two variations of the Gieger #1, second printing cover in response. Both will feature art by Frank, but one will feature Geiger’s chartreuse skull, while the Cover B will reveal his cowled face.

Geiger is set in the years after a nuclear war ravaged the planet where 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.

Geiger #1, first printing will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 7—grab it from your local comic shop while supplies last.

Geiger #1, second printing Cover A (Diamond Code FEB219018) and Geiger #1, second printing Cover B 1:25 incentive (Diamond Code FEB219019) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 28.

A Glow in the Dark variant of Geiger #1 (FEB210013) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 21.

Geiger #1 Gets a Raw Variant

Image Comics has unveiled a highly collectible raw variant cover for the forthcoming Geiger #1 by Doomsday Clock’s creative team Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. This variant will be shipped exclusively to Diamond UK direct market accounts and is designed to benefit our international partners during what has been an especially difficult time for small, independently owned businesses.

The raw variant will feature an unpolished version of the Geiger #1 cover art that displays the intricacies of the creative process—pencils, guides, and other imperfections seen on the original artwork drawn by Frank.

It will be available in limited quantities upon release Wednesday, April 7.

This version of the Geiger #1 cover celebrates the art and creative process that went into developing the stunning final cover. 

Geiger #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 7:

  • Cover A Frank – FEB210009      
  • Cover B Larsen – FEB210010      
  • Cover C Fabok – FEB210011      
  • Cover D Blank Sketch Var – FEB210012      

A Glow in the Dark variant of Geiger #1 (FEB210013) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 21.

Geiger #1 Diamond UK Variant

Geiger #1 Gets a Black & White Thank You Variant

Image Comics is pleased to unveil a black and white variant cover of the forthcoming Geiger #1 by Doomsday Clock’s creative team Geoff Johns and Gary Frank as a Thank You to support the Direct Market US retailers.

This black and white version will ship with no financial burden to retailers and feature a highly collectible uncolored version of the Geiger #1 cover art. It will showcase the detailed inks by Frank.

The black and white Geiger #1 variant will be available in limited quantities—exclusively at local comic shops—upon release Wednesday, April 7. Interested fans should inquire with their local comic shop for availability. 

Geiger #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 7:

  • Cover A Frank – FEB210009      
  • Cover B Larsen – FEB210010      
  • Cover C Fabok – FEB210011      
  • Cover D Blank Sketch Var – FEB210012      

A Glow in the Dark variant of Geiger #1 (FEB210013) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 21.

Geiger #1 US Variant

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank Return to Batman: Earth One

Batman: Earth One Vol. 3

DC has announced the release date for Batman: Earth One Vol. 3. The graphic novel will be released on June 8, 2021. Geoff Johns returns to the standalone graphic novel series and joining him is Gary Frank, Jon Sibal, and Brad Anderson. In the third volume of the series, a mysteriously well-armed gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear. The criminals are highly organized and locked and loaded with the latest in military-grade weapons: flame-throwers, grenade-launchers, and even tanks.

And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. But Harvey Dent is dead…isn’t he?

Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth with the help of his growing network of agents, including Alfred, Jim Gordon, Waylon “Killer Croc” Jones, and the savvy new Catwoman. However, Bruce finds himself distracted by the seemingly impossible return of another figure believed dead—his grandfather, Adrian Arkham. He must also comfort his longtime friend, Gotham City Mayor Jessica Dent, who is scarred both physically and mentally from her experience with the Riddler which resulted in the gruesome death of her brother.

But Harvey seems to be back, plotting revenge on a city he proclaims to be guilty. And when Batman discovers the truth to these many mysteries, his entire world starts to unravel…

Comics Deserve Better Episode 16: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss, and Thomas Mauer

On this episode of Comics Deserve Better, Brian and Logan geek out about the darkly comedic, crime comic 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss, and Thomas Mauer.

They break down the cast of annoying, yet endearing middle-school-aged characters, their favorite sequences, and the connections that this Black Mask Studios masterpiece has to other works of pop culture. Brian and Logan also discuss the latest indie comics news, including Graham Coxon‘s comic Superstate from Z2, the announcement of Vault‘s queer monster love story Hollow Heart and Geoff Johns and Gary Frank‘s creator-owned series Geiger, and a new ordering format from Scout Comics. They also talk about the upcoming Black Hammer: Visions and their dream creators on the miniseries. Other comics mentioned on the show are We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, Getting It Together, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and 12 Reasons to Die. (Episode art by Tyler Boss)

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank Reteam for Geiger, Coming from Image in April 2021

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank of DC’s Doomsday Clock reteam for a brand new series in 2021, Geiger. The new series will take local comic shops by storm in April from Image Comics.

Who are the scavengers of a dying earth? Geiger is set in the years since 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.

Geiger #1 will be available at comic book shops in April 2021.

Geiger #1

Marvel, Harlequin, and the Greatest Olympic Champion Highlight Today’s Digital Comic Releases

ComiXology has eight new digital comics available for purchase right now. There’s a mix of what you can get including new digital comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and graphic novel from SelfMadeHero. Check out all of the releases here or the individual releases below.

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Written by Jack Kirby
Art by Jack Kirby
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects Captain America #206-214 and Annual #3-4.

The King keeps Cap’s quests coming with menaces from deep in space and deeper in the human soul! Even the evil of the Red Skull might pale before the fearsome Bio-Fanatic! Plus: Magneto and a rarely seen batch of evil mutants! Featuring the Falcon and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Fury: Peacemaker

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Darick Robertson
Cover by Gary Frank
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Collects Fury: Peacemaker #1-6.

Before he presided over S.H.I.E.L.D., before he ran with the Howling Commandos, Sgt. Nick Fury fought on the blood-stained sands of the Tunisian desert. It was there that he came face-to-face with the incomparable might of the 21st Panzer Division and its skilled warrior commander, General Stephen Barkhorn, and barely lived to tell about it. And it was there that he got a second chance at life – and revenge. In this gripping tale, Garth Ennis (GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER) and Darick Robertson (PUNISHER: BORN) offer a never-before-seen glimpse into the soul of a warrior you only think you know.

Fury: Peacemaker

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

Written by Gail Whitiker
Art by Chieko Hara
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Schoolteacher Helen starts sweating the moment she sees Oliver, the guardian of a new student. She wonders if he remembers saving her all those years ago from her aristocratic employer’s wandering hands. Oliver remembers, all right, and can hardly believe an aristocrat’s prostitute could become a teacher! Does he dare leave his young stepsister in the care of this lewd woman?

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

The Maid Of Lorne

Written by Terri Brisbin
Art by Kaishi Sakuya
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During a revolt by the Scottish army against the king, Lara and her siblings are captured along with their father, the leader of their clan. By order of the king, Lara is forced to marry Sebastien, the king’s loyal subordinate. If she refuses, she and her family will be killed. On the verge of despair, she makes up her mind to fulfill her duty as the daughter of a clan leader. On their wedding night, Lara is terrified, but Sebastien treats her gently. She is surprised at first but ultimately follows his lead. But there is a secret behind his gentle demeanor…

The Maid Of Lorne

Marvel Westerns

Written by Steve Englehart, Justin Gray, Karl Kesel, Joe R. Lansdale, Jim McCann, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeff Parker, Dan Slott, Fred Van Lente
Art by Homs, Eduardo Barreto, Tomm Coker, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Rafa Garres, Federica Manfredi, Jimmy Palmiotti, Marshall Rogers, David Williams
Cover by Eric Powell, Marshall Rogers
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Collects Marvel Westerns: The Two-Gun Kid, Marvel Westerns: Western Legends, Marvel Westerns: Kid Colt And The Arizona Girl, Marvel Westerns: Strange Westerns Starring The Black Rider, And The Marvel Westerns: Outlaw Files Handbook.

Marvel’s masked men ride again in all-new tales by a posse of today’s most talented creators! It’s the raucous return of Two-Gun Kid, Hurricane, Red Wolf, the Man From Fort Rango, Kid Colt, Arizona Annie, the Black Rider, Gunhawk and more! And introducing the Philadelphia Filly and Spender! Plus: re-presenting the origin of Rawhide Kid by Jack “King” Kirby and other classic Marvel Western tales.

Marvel Westerns

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Written by Andy Diggle, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Paul Gulacy, Kyle Hotz, Mark Texeira
Cover by Mark Texeira
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Collects Punisher: Red X-Mas, Punisher: Bloody Valentine And Punisher: Silent Night.

Spend the holidays with the Punisher! In RED X-MAS, ’tis the season – for revenge. Following an eight-casket funeral, a group of vengeful mob widows go holiday shopping for the perfect assassin to take down the man responsible – and enlist the services of the lovely and lethal Sicilian assassin known as Suspiria! In BLOODY VALENTINE, something sparks the little black pit in Frank Castle’s chest – the one that used to be a heart! Suspiria’s back, and she wants to kiss and make up. It seems the murderous pair have a mutual enemy, an arch-villain whose pursuit will take them to Suspiria’s home turf of Rome. Can Frank withstand his partner’s charms? Does he want to? And finally, are you ready for a little holiday cheer? No? Neither is Frank Castle. In SILENT NIGHT, he’s more interested in tracking down a mob rat in the witness protection program and punishing him. But to do that, he’ll have to face his greatest foe. Hint: He’s fat, dresses in red and sports a white beard!

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Shanna, The She-Devil

Written by Frank Cho
Art by Frank Cho
Cover by Frank Cho
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Collects Shanna The She-Devil #1-7.

She’s bold, she’s beautiful, and she’s your best hope of escaping the raptors nipping at your heels. She’s Shanna, the She-Devil! Award-winning creator Frank Cho brings you Marvel’s bodacious jungle girl as you’ve never seen her before: Reborn from Nazi science gone mad to battle her genetic destiny on an island full of prehistoric horrors. Trust us, Shanna has never looked this good…or acted this bad.

Shanna, The She-Devil

Zátopek

Written by Jan Novak
Art by Jaromir99
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Emil Zátopek is arguably the greatest Olympic champion of all time. The Czech runner’s three gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics, for the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter, and marathon is an achievement that has never been matched. His success as a runner made him a national hero, but as a public figure, outspoken and unafraid to take a stand, he was equally impressive. Even before the Helsinki Games, Zátopek had scored a remarkable victory, successfully pressuring the Communist regime to allow his colleague Stanislav Jungwirth, who until then had been excluded on political grounds, to compete. In Zátopek, Jan Novák and Jaromír 99 trace the extraordinary life and times of the great Olympian, from his first meeting with Dana, the love of his life, to the victories that would ensure his lasting legacy.

Zátopek

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