Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Jody LeHeup
Artist: Nathan Fox
Colourist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Steve Wands
Release Date: 15th August 2018
Okay, I’ve officially run out of new superlatives to describe just how incredibly awesome The Weatherman is. We’re a whole three issues in and it just gets better and better and better.
There have been some brutal events in this series so far and LeHeup and Fox don’t disappoint this time round either. To open this issue, we get our introduction to a media tycoon with some other less savoury interests who will stop at nothing to protect his ratings, even if it means resorting to brutal and televised murder (pay per view of course). I’m not going to go into too many spoilers here, but a relatively petty crime against him leads to an extremely elaborate, violent and merciless retribution involving a lot of collateral damage.
Nathan and Amanda have survived the explosion that destroyed The Nebula. Having crashed back on the surface of Mars, they set off on a mission to find Miriam Nyseth, the doctor who created Ian Black’s alter-ego (Nathan Bright), and who kept a record of Black’s original memories. This is a tough enough task as Nyseth has gone into hiding, but becomes one of seemingly insurmountable odds when a news announcement seen across the whole of Mars, identifies Nathan as Ian Black and Amanda as his accomplice with the somewhat extreme message “…please feel free to shoot them both right in the face”. Suddenly every citizen, every cop, every mercenary and more importantly every gun on Mars are pointing in Nathan and Amanda’s direction.
The ensuing carnage is pure, wonderful, exhilarating, over the top ‘80s action movie chase scene and it’s great to see Nathan wise-cracking his way through while Special Forces operative Amanda Cross sits terrified in the passenger seat, instantly regretting letting him drive. Given the seriousness of the situation it’s a delight to see Nathan’s pure unbridled glee, but knowing the way LeHeup is driving this storyline it’s a certainty that it’s not going to last.
We wind up this issue with a serious and sombre scene where our “heroes”, having escaped their pursuers for the time being, take a moment to catch their breath and discuss what the future holds for Nathan when they find Nyseth and recover his memories. None of the options seem particularly beneficial to Nathan’s wellbeing and this leads to a somewhat rash course of action on his part.
As I said at the start of this review, this is a series that just keeps getting better with every issue. Once again the pacing and contrast between utter brutality and laugh out loud moments that Jody LeHeup crafts are genius. Likewise, Nathan Fox continues to deliver a visual delight that really loves the over the top action sequences in this story but also really brings out the important details, the facial expressions and body language, in the more static, dialogue-led scenes. As for the colouring… well, once again I’d like to offer up a prayer of thanks to whichever of the Gods gave us Dave Stewart!
The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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