The inaugural issue of the much anticipated Junkyard Joe comic book by the team of Geoff Johns (writer), Gary Frank (artist), and Brad Anderson (colorist) hits bookstores on October 5, 2022. The new graphic novel series explores the history and adventures of Junkyard Joe, a Vietnam War character from the independently published Geiger comic, and simultaneously raises money for homeless veterans.
Veterans Groups to Benefit from Comic Sales
Both the writer and artist had grandparents who served during World War II. To honor their memory and aid today’s veterans, the comic’s creative team decided to donate $2 from the sale of each of special black and white series to the groups the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and Veterans Aid.
What’s this about a special first issue?
Actually, the comic will debut in full color, as this ComicCon preview shows, and with a Special Black & White Veterans Edition. Each of the two versions debuts in five cover variations by four different artists.
- Covers A and E by Gary Frank,
- Cover B by Robert Love,
- Cover C by Andrea Mutti,
- Cover D by Jerry Ordway.
Comic book enthusiasts can choose from five covers in color and five covers in black and white. The sales from the black and white covers support the two veterans’ charities.
Expanding Geiger’s Unnamed Universe
The first issue in Junkyard Joe unveils how Joe came to exist and how he fits into the Unnamed Universe. In Geiger, he’s reprogrammed to take out hero/anti-hero Geiger, but in Junkyard Joe, readers learn his full story. The robot Junkyard Joe began his immortal existence programmed to protect all innocents and to fight for good. Those in Geiger’s time merely needed an indestructible fighter to take out Geiger, also known as the glowing man.
The storyline of the new comic series explores both the comic within the comic, since the Geiger character Muddy drew a strip known as Junkyard Joe. He also watched him save the squad in which he served during Vietnam. After the military convinces him that he imagined it all, he creates the comic as an outlet.
In the pages of Junkyard Joe, readers will learn why Muddy stopped drawing Joe and the catalyst for his realization that the military lied. Junkyard Joe is real.
Where to Pick Up the Debut?
The new comic ships in all five covers of both colors to comic book stores throughout the US in early October. The official release date of October 5 marks the first day you can purchase it.