The Weatherman by Jody LeHeup and Nathan Fox is an action-packed story that will leave readers wanting more. The stunning visuals and fast-paced writing doesn’t give readers a chance to grow bored. This graphic novel is perfect for mature readers who don’t mind a little bloodshed and violence. 

Welcome to Mars! After a catastrophe makes Earth uninhabitable, those who were living on Mars at the time are making the best of things on their colonized planet. Things seem almost the same as they were on Earth—people still watch the morning news, discuss the weather, and make fun of the local TV personalities.  Nathan Bright is a vapid TV weatherman who loves ramen and seems to not have a care in the world. Unbeknownst to him, he is wanted in connection to the events that made it impossible to live on Earth. He lived a completely different life and doesn’t remember any of it. Bright quickly learns that he is no longer safe on Mars once his identity is revealed.  Teaming up with Amanda Cross, the government agent assigned to protect him from those who wish him harm, Bright must crisscross up and down Mars to figure out the truth. Bright tries to figure out why he did what he did while also coming to terms with his actions. 

The Weatherman is geared towards adult readers. The writing style is natural and easy to follow, even with the use of space jargon. Bright is fast talking and witty—a perfect complement to his manic personality. The artwork is visually stunning. It is used expertly to showcase the seriousness of Bright’s situation. The neon color scheme of Bright’s old life starts to dull as he begins to realize the extent of his past actions.  Although it is a dystopian and futuristic world, the artwork gives the setting a sense of realism. It feels like this could be a real world.

Jody LeHeup and Nathan Fox have created a riveting story where the reader can’t help but root for the main character. Nathan Bright is potentially the most dangerous man in the universe, but he is just so darn likeable. That being said, this comic is full of graphic violence and gore so it is suited for readers age 18+. Other graphic novel series that are similar to The Weatherman include Saga by Brian K. Vaughn, Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire, and Oblivion Song by Robert Kirkman.

The Weatherman, Vol. 1
By Jody LeHeup
Art by Nathan Fox, Dave Stewart Miller
ISBN: 9781534308732
Image, 2019

  • Krista

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    Krista Miller- Ravenclaw, Whovian, and Whedonite- is an Adult Services Librarian at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District in Poughkeepsie, NY where she maintains the Adult Graphic Novel collections and creates adult programming.Her current favorite graphic novels include the Saga series, the Sex Criminal series, and Blankets. Krista credits her years toiling as a bookseller for Barnes and Noble for peaking her interest in graphic novels and librarianship in general. She graduated with her MLIS from SUNY Buffalo in 2017. She hopes to one day host a comic con at her library and to incorporate more pop culture and geeky programming at work. When she is not working as a Punk-Ass Book Jockey, Krista can be found enjoying the local craft beer scene, dancing in the pit at nearby concert venues, and climbing mountains.

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