LeHeup and Fox are delivering a comic book thriller that actually has thrills.
After the dramatic conclusion to issue #1, Nathan finds himself prisoner in a spaceship occupying Martian space. Still unsure of what exactly he has supposedly done, Nathan receives some information that he can’t quite believe. This issue also features readers’ introduction to several new characters, namely Amanda Cross and her boss, Fitch. The issue builds on last month’s and the story of The Weatherman really begins to develop.
After last month’s introduction to Nathan it was hard to gauge the tone of the series. Nathan himself has such a chirpy attitude it was hard not to like him, but this month is a bombardment of exposition that has readers questioning everything, just like Nathan. That’s not to say the exposition is delivered poorly, however — like the world building of the last issue, everything feels natural and LeHeup has readers learning things at the exact moments he wants. Each time an important plot point was revealed it’s followed by a question that has readers on the edge of their seat.
The story is easy to follow but hard to predict. It has that perfect balance of twists and turns, even within one issue, that has readers feeling smart and intrigued at the same time. There are multiple moments within this issue that are guaranteed to make readers step back and think. LeHeup and Fox are delivering a comic book thriller that actually has thrills.
Nathan Fox’s artwork is still a thing of beauty. His style matches LeHeup’s tone so perfectly. It is such a perfect pairing, even two issues in it’s hard to imagine this series with any other artist. Fox manages to cram a spectacular level of detail into scenes featuring two characters as well as scenes featuring crowds. Given the nature of this month’s story a lot of the action takes place in small areas, usually giving off cramped feelings to emphasize Nathan’s situation, but when Fox gets a chance, his sci-fi heavy planets and space illustrations are beautiful.
There’s not a lot to criticize here. If anything, the coloring of Dave Stewart looks a little flat at times. Not overly noticeable, but on certain pages the coloring looked like it had been done by a block fill on a computer and that takes away from the level of detail Fox puts into the artwork. Another minor complaint is the lettering. On a few pages the lettering is smaller to fit into the caption boxes, and the lettering style of this series is already somewhat ‘stylistic’ so it can be hard to read.
Overall, this is a fantastic followup promising a great series. Jody LeHeup and Nathan Fox have an engaging original story here for sci fi fans, but beyond that most comic book fans will enjoy this series.