Page 45 Review by Jonathan
"You woke up in the hospital with a bump on your head and no memory of life before the accident. Sound about right? Nyseth's people call it a "springboard". Meant to keep you from asking questions about your previous life."
"Your D.N.A. matches his."
"I'm not him! You hear me!"
"We found records of the operation when we raided Nyseth's lab two months ago."
"I'M NOT HIM!"
Oh, but you are, Nathan. Well, you're not Nathan actually. You're the most wanted man in existence called Ian Black. That's a bit dull isn't it...? Not the most wanted man bit, obviously, I meant the name.
Here's the future fiction forecast from the publisher for the incoming sequential storm front about to blight Nathan Bright's life...
"The future's only hope
has a zero percent chance. Nathan Bright had it all: an awesome girlfriend, a kickass dog, and a job as the #1 weatherman on terraformed Mars. But when he's accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history - an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth - Nathan becomes the target of a manhunt that spans the galaxy.
But is Nathan truly responsible for such a horrific crime? And why can't he remember? Confused, terrified, and totally unprepared for life on the run, Nathan's fate lies in the hands of Amanda Cross, the disavowed government agent assigned to his case.
Together the unlikely duo will have to rely on each other as they battle their way through the solar system in search of the truth, and the key to stopping a second extinction-level attack.
A full-throttle, wide-screen, science-fiction epic about the damage we do in the name of justice and what it truly means to be redeemed."
They didn't mention the ridiculous humour for some reason! I think I'd have been tempted to label this as a full-throttle absurdist science-fiction romp as it's definitely played for laughs... The initial character of Nathan Bright, before his entire world falls apart, you know, like he apparently did to the Earth when he was Ian Black, is just so incessantly cheerfully chirpy you want to punch him in the face repeatedly. He's just one of those people who is so happy it hurts everyone else. Hahaha, it's not going to last. Oodles of daft dialogue too, that'll have you shaking your head in disbelief whilst smiling away merrily.
We don't get to do it - punch him, that is - but plenty of others, both the good guys and bad guys, do. Good. Even though it really isn't Nathan's fault. Good job he's got the lovely Amanda Cross, who definitely enjoys punching Nathan in the face, to keep him safe from practically everyone while they try and sort it all out.
I predict trouble aplenty ahead for one of the most entertaining and quite literally throwaway characters I've wanted to punch, I mean read, for a while! I actually started to wonder if writer Jody LeHeup might have a deep-seated pathological hatred of weathermen he gives Nathan such a proverbial buffeting. Maybe one ran off with his girlfriend or something...
Strong art too, from Nathan Fox, packed with angular energy and vibrant colour. It's a little bit Paul BATTLING BOY Pope in places and most definitely a dash of Jim STREET ANGEL Rugg too. Actually, maybe a bit of Alan TANK GIRL Martin as well, now I come to think of it. It matches the writing perfectly.
If you fancy reading something that doesn't take itself remotely seriously, like MAESTROS, but with far less profanity and a sci-fi twist instead, this could be for you. I believe this is one and done too. It says volume one on the side, but it seems all blown over to me by the end.