‘The Weatherman #2:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Earth was destroyed. In an instant, billions of people died. That was seven years ago. Now, the denizens of Arcadia on Mars want action. They want the people who did this - the people who killed their families and friends. The citizens of Arcadia aren’t the only ones who want answers.

Cut to one of the most pompously cheesy weathermen on Mars. People love him, but they hate him. He’s erratic escapism; he’s a goofball du jour. He is Nathan Bright. The thing is, he’s just as human as you or me. He loves his dog and he’s been dating someone, Amanda, that he really likes, and he’s hoping it works. We hope it works. Beneath all of the pomp, he’s genuine. When it turns out that she’s one of the people who wants to catch the people who blew up Earth and she thinks he has something to do with it, chaos erupts.

That’s the first issue. That’s the set up. Jody Leheup (writer) and Nathan Fox (artist) don’t sit back and rest on their laurels. The second issue pushes us forward, challenging each of the characters, their actions, their views of the world, who they actually are.

Like Bright’s writing, Fox’s art doesn’t hide from the humanity of the characters. He isn’t worried about making them look cool or heroic. He’s strips away the pretenses, showing them humiliated, humbled, wounded, and scared. It really grounds them and the heightened situations they find themselves in. Philip K. Dick would be proud.

This isn’t just *pew pew* science fiction. There are real stakes being created for these genuinely interesting characters. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be reading this comic.

Creative Team: Jody LeHeup (story), Nathan Fox (artist), Dave Stewart (colors), Steve Wands (letters), Sebastian Girner (editor), Tom Muller (Designer)
Publisher: Image Comics
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