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‘The Weatherman Volume 2 #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review

We’re back in outer space. I’ve been watching every month (even every week) for a new issue of The Weatherman. It is one of the juiciest series being published. It might be because I’m an enormous fan of this kind of science fiction – the kind that’s completely gonzo and embraces it. The kind that Philip K. Dick wrote, or the kind Hunter S. Thompson might write if he wrote science fiction.

Here’s the backdrop: Terrorists obliterated 18 billion humans on planet Earth. Then, the one responsible had his memory erased and in true blue Total Recall fashion (Yes, based on a Philip K. Dick story.), he replaced his personality with that of a Weatherman named Nathan Bright who has no memory of being a terrorist. It worked for awhile until Amanda Bright, a freaking badass military special ops type, figured it out and tracked him down. Now, she’s stuck trying to keep Bright alive long enough so they can get the terrorist’s mind back in his scalp and find out where the next terrorist strike is going to be.

Jody LeHeup doesn’t just strap us into a roller coaster; she puts us in a sling shot, ties a blindfold on, and ejects us into sheer chaos. It’s a seriously fun ride with heightened emotions that fit the quickly escalated premise while at the same time really creating characters that enrapture us.

A lot of this first issue is there to refresh our memory and reset the trajectory that our group of earnest heroes finds themselves on. Although, not all of them are thrilled to be fighting alongside Nathan Bright, and that is the core of this story. Is Nathan bright to blame or isn’t he? As a new person, does he have the right for redemption, or is he a criminal? There are themes of crime and punishment in this series that I’m very curious to see how LeHeup will eventually reckon with.

Nathan Fox and Dave Stewart make a superb artistic team. This book is visually glorious.

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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Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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