Geoff Johns & Gary Frank make surprise jump to Image Comics

Geiger #1
(Image credit: Gary Frank/Brad Anderson (Image Comics))

Longtime friends and collaborators Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are reuniting for a new creator-owned series at Image Comics titled Geiger.

That's right. Creator-owned. Geoff Johns. Gary Frank. 

Image Comics. 

(Image credit: Gary Frank/Brad Anderson (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," reads Image Comics' synopsis for the series. "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."

Johns and Frank first worked together on a two-issue arc of Avengers in 2002 thanks to matchmaker/editor Tom Brevoort, and reunited in 2007 for a run on DC's Action Comics. Following that, they worked together on Superman: Secret Origin, Batman: Earth One, portions of DC Universe: Rebirth, and Doomsday Clock.

Johns and Frank, along with colorist Brad Anderson, began on Geiger after the completion of the third volume of Batman: Earth One earlier this year.

(Image credit: Gary Frank/Brad Anderson (Image Comics))

(Image credit: Gary Frank/Brad Anderson (Image Comics))

This will be Johns' first creator-owned comics work since Olympus in 2005 and almost two decades since Frank's last - 2000's Kin and 2001's Midnight Nation at Top Cow, an imprint of Image Comics.

This will be Johns' first major non-DC work in almost two decades, and just over two years since he stepped down as DC's president/chief executive officer, and co-head of DC Films.

Geiger #1 goes on sale in April 2021. Details on the length of the series have not been announced.

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)