Writer: Jody Leheup
Artist: Nathan Fox
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Steve Wands
The Weatherman is a weird book. Which coming from the author of Shirtless Bear-Fighter (which is another great book that I highly recommend), I expect nothing less. The story provides us a little background without much details as of yet. Basically, Earth was attacked, wiping out eighteen billion men, women and children, resulting in the colonization of Mars. Here we meet our protagonist, Mars weatherman and complete slacker, Nathan Bright. Everything comes easy to Nathan, he’s got his loyal dog Sadie, a kick ass girlfriend, and a killer job, what could go wrong?
A lot. When some bounty hunters come to collect debts from Nathan, chaos ensues, with violence and blood everywhere. His girlfriend isn’t who she says she is and apparently kicks a lot more ass than Nathan originally thought. What was once a story of bright colors and comedic quips becomes brutal and doesn’t hold back. The art by Fox and colors by Stewart are the perfect combination as the lines are so fluid with the colors popping off the page, bringing the vibrant atmosphere of Mars to life. As bullets whiz past them and they fight for their lives, poor Sadie pays the ultimate price. This scene is quite graphic, I briefly hated Leheup for it. But it goes to show how well written this issue is to have me so invested in Bright’s canine companion after a few pages and to rip her away from us in such a shocking manner is a credit to him. As the issue closes with the action in full swing, we realize that Nathan Bright, the goofy and happy go lucky weatherman of Mars, may not be so innocent after all. Is he truly responsible for the attack on Earth? We will have to find out in the next issue.
From the moment I heard about this book with the creative team and the concept behind it, I knew this was going to be a story I had to follow. I was not disappointed with this. Leheup sets up just enough mystery to keep me intrigued about what is really happening in the plot. The art and colors are invigorating in this book, the lines are loose which fit the style of the book really well, and introducing us to a colonized Mars where a lot of the locales look like Vegas almost due to the colors is just too good not to sink your teeth into. I highly recommend this book, especially if you loved Shirtless Bear-Fighter. Leheup shows he has the chops for something that isn’t nearly as goofy and absurd but still can throw in those comedic moments.
Rating: 9 out of 10.