The Weatherman Issue 1 dropped us right in the middle of a sci-fi mystery. The year is 2070 and the remnants of humanity are still reeling from the attack on Earth seven years ago that wiped out 18 billion souls. Earth is no more, and those left have made Mars their home.
Jody Leheup and Nathan Fox‘s sci-fi thriller started with desperation and mourning and then introduced us to the star of the show, one Nathan Blake, a D list celebrity weatherman on the local TV channel. A waster, a joke, comic relief for a world where grief is still overwhelming.
So, just how is this idiot weatherman connected to it all? Well, that’s something we found out on on the final page of issue 1. Well, that’s where the problems come in. To be honest, we can’t give too much away about this second issue without spoilering things for you.
Granted, it certainly wasn’t all that difficult to work out just how Nathan Bright, the comedy weatherman, is involved. But, here in issue 2, Jody Leheup’s story manages to take the obvious connection we all made and turn it into a fascinating sci-fi mystery exploring complex concepts of guilt and innocence. And we think it’s well worth keeping just how she does it something for you to enjoy when you read the comic, either issue by issue or in the inevitable collection.
All we’ll say is that, as issue two opens, Nathan Blake is in custody onboard the Nebula, space-bound home of Martian Security. Beaten up and confused, although still up for a stupid gag, he’s being interrogated by Amanda Cross, the woman he thought might just be a potential girlfriend. Oh, and some of the most dangerous hitmen and women alive are closing in on him as well.
Suffice it to say, today is not a good day for the weatherman.
In that questioning, Cross spells it all out for Nathan, and us readers, just why he’s in so deep, why so many people want him dead.
And, after the rather obvious twist in the first issue, this one is something far more complex, far more devious, and something that propels the entire storyline forwards. Nathan Blake’s gone from a joke telling Mars how hot it is today to the most important, most wanted man on the planet.
After the mix of worldbuilding and action we saw in issue 1, this issue sees things take a more expositionary route, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s slowed down necessarily, as Leheup and Fox expertly see us through pages of talking heads, Leheup creating tension with the reveal, and Fox’s art full of invention and beautiful compositions, keeping the flow going and a sense of action even in the confines of a small room conversation.
All in all, The Weatherman joins a small group of excellent new Image Comics series, including Analog and Skyward, all completely different in theme, look, and tone, yet all of them thrilling, all of them must reads.
The Weatherman Issue 2 was released 18th July. Published by Image Comics, written by Jody Leheup, art by Nathan Fox, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Steve Wands. Cover by Nathan Fox, variant covers: Marcos Martin & Nathan Fox.