Title: The Weatherman #1
Publishers: Image Comics
Writer: Jody LeHeup
Artist: Nathan Fox
Release Date: June 13, 2018
TL;DR: The Weatherman #1 is a great start to a sci-fi epic, putting the building blocks in place for a epic journey. Also, this comic has a soundtrack, so… Pretty awesome. The forecast on The Weatherman: seriously looking good.
Story and Writing
Before even jumping into The Weatherman #1, I already had high expectations for what the series was going to do, mostly because of one naked, bearded man who loved to punch bears in the face. Yes, I’m talking my favorite comic debut last year, Shirtless Bear Fighter. Jody LeHeup’s writing on that series was so good that it made the comic an instant success. Needless to say, The Weatherman had a lot to live up to as LeHeup’s followup project, and this first issue seriously delivered.
The story that’s at work here isn’t the most incredibly fresh thing in the history of fiction—it’s a classic “you got the wrong guy” scenario. It’s been done before, many times, but so have most other things. LeHeup seems to operate in that realm, though, that area of reimagining and making your own of tried and true genres, playing with the tropes and poetics in fun ways. I love that kind of work myself, because it gives an instant familiarity to a story, and gives a lot of opportunity for the author to subvert readers’ expectations later on.
This first issue mostly just sets the stage, but it’s a wonderful stage populated with vibrant characters. I love Nathan bright as our leading man. He’s one of those guys that, when the heat is on, he turns up the mojo. The guy’s act during the weather forecast is hilarious, and it helps build the world even more, showing you that Mars is certainly no normal place, but something wildly different. He’s got the ability to let loose and he obviously has a character that he portrays when the camera’s are on him, but he’s got a more human side that comes out, too.
LeHeup’s world-building is on point here in The Weatherman, but so is the dialogue. Bringing over that same comedic lens that we’re looking through in his previous work, we’re given a bright and vibrant world, but it’s also ridiculous in so many ways. It’s definitely not your Mars from Total Recall or something. This planet is full of life, and apparently, full of delicious food.
The art here in The Weatherman is smooth, vibrant, and full of motion. Fox has a way of giving the characters big emotions and breathing life into this cyberpunk-eque take on a futuristic Mars, but also a knack for delivering realistic action scenes. You will not be disappointed in the character art here. Fox’s style is very angular, which adds to the futuristic feel of the world. There is a motion present throughout the pages that is really impressive.
The original cover art alone is something to behold. The magenta/cyan color mixture has been used for years, but it works really well here. Throughout the comic, the colors are used equally effectively in furthering the LeHeup’s take on Mars.
The characters may be written very well by LeHeup, but they’re brought to life by Fox for sure. These are characters with such amazing body language and facial emotions that I’d challenge you to find better examples. This isn’t a style that lends itself to interpretation, but is instead very deliberate in it’s delivery. I can’t wait to keep reading this comic for many reasons, but the artwork is one of the big draws, here.
Final Thoughts on The Weatherman #1
Rating: 4 out of 5
The only reason I’m not giving this first issue of The Weatherman a 5 out of 5 is because I know things like Hellboy exist. However, do not sleep on The Weatherman. At all. Once this thing kicks into high-gear and gets going full-throttle across the galaxy, it’s going to solidify itself as one of the best comics of 2018.