For the last year, The Weatherman has been one of those series that is consistently surprising me. It partners an inept, egotistical weatherman (Nathan Bright) with a field agent for an intergalactic intelligence agency (Amanda Cross). In a sense, it has been a sort of Philip K. Dick-ian buddy comedy with extremely high stakes. You see, Nathan Bright was a mass-murdering terrorist who killed seven billion people and then had his memory wiped and implanted with a new one. Amanda Cross is on a mission to get that original memory and its vital information back before the terrorist organization that Nathan was a part of strikes again.
Think Midnight Run with the frenetic, colorful, sci-fi energy of The Fifth Element and the absurdist badassery of Battle Angel Alita. Every issue is a wonder and a joy to read. The characters are rich with emotional complexity, the landscapes and action sequences are a pop sci-fi spectacle, and every twist and turn is 100% unexpected and absolutely earned.
Along the way, Nathan has let this information about his former self evolve him. Thematically speaking, this story has been about change and redemption, selflessness overpowering selfishness. After all, terrorism is the ultimate act of selfish barbarism: "You don’t agree with me? Then, your most innocent will die."
In this new year, as part of a thematic approach to our reviews and editorials at Fanbase Press, we’re focusing on why #StoriesMatter. It isn’t so much that a story should provide an answer to a question it poses in order to matter. Terrorism and redemption are two pretty hefty themes to try and tackle. The Weatherman has posed these questions and others about identity, what makes us who we are, and what’s worth fighting for. If it doesn’t pinpoint an answer to these queries, it doesn’t have to in order to succeed.
Of course, there is one issue left, and what the series ultimately has to say about these themes we’re going to find out really, really soon, and I have no idea which way any of this could go.
Creative Team: Jody LeHeup (writer), Nathan Fox (artist), Moreno Dinisio (colors), Steve Wands (letters)
Publisher: Image Comics
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