Launching a brand new creator-owned sequence is already a formidable job, however that’s not sufficient for The Weatherman. The June-debuting Picture Comics sequence may have its personal unique synthwave soundtrack, with every concern of the primary arc of The Weatherman getting an accompanying observe by a band within the retrofuristic digital music style. CBR has the primary particulars.
The Weatherman, from author Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox and colorist Dave Stewart, is the story of a well-meaning native weatherman — who finally ends up being accused of decimating the inhabitants of Earth. LeHeup enlisted synthwave band Magic Sword — whose tune “Within the Face of Evil” appeared within the Thor: Ragnarok trailer — to assist compile a roster of bands to contribute to The Weatherman soundtrack, which incorporates Dance with the Dead, Power Glove, Pylot, Le Matos, Makeup & Vanity Set and Magic Sword itself.
“There’s an depth and a viciousness to their work that when taken collectively sharpens the enamel we really feel The Weatherman has,” LeHeup advised CBR of the bands concerned. “However it’s additionally extremely enjoyable and excessive power when it needs to be, which is the case for our ebook as effectively.”
CBR has the debut of the primary tune from The Weatherman soundtrack, “Colossus” by Magic Sword, which is listenable within the under Soundcloud embed.
Moreover, CBR talked with LeHeup about what impressed doing a Weatherman soundtrack within the first place, the inventive crew’s love for the synthwave style and the way the music enhances Nathan Fox and Dave Stewart’s artwork. Plus, maintain studying for a five-page lettered preview of The Weatherman #1, obtainable June 13 from Picture.
CBR: Jody, this can be a daring undertaking to tackle within the already labor-intensive means of launching a brand new creator-owned sequence. What sparked the concept? What’s it thematically about The Weatherman that makes it a pure match to have its personal soundtrack?
Jody LeHeup: Properly, I believe it’s a couple of issues. However first you need to perceive what The Weatherman is. The Weatherman is the story of a fun-loving native weatherman and all-around good man that out of nowhere is accused of masterminding the worst terrorist assault in human historical past — an occasion that worn out practically the whole inhabitants of Earth. Which is loopy, proper? His accusers clearly have the mistaken man. The issue is that there’s a large gap in Nathan’s reminiscence… and he can’t truly say whether or not he did it or not. So Nathan — this native celeb — is pressured on the run, on a journey throughout the photo voltaic system to search out his misplaced reminiscence and in the end the important thing to stopping a second mass assault. All whereas attempting to not be murdered within the face by everybody within the galaxy. That’s our place to begin. Issues get very loopy as soon as we begin filling within the gaps.
However this story is big in scale. It’s a sci-fi thriller chase by area with the destiny of humanity resting within the arms of this man who has no enterprise being within the place he’s in. And that’s not even moving into what he discovers alongside the way in which. From an aesthetic standpoint, we’ve acquired all these colourful, compelling characters battling by this wealthy, futuristic, gorgeously rendered world. However on an emotional stage
it’s about this terrified, hunted one that could also be accountable for the worst crime in opposition to his fellow man possible. And he doesn’t keep in mind. Thematically we’re asking questions like, what’s the distinction between justice and revenge? How a lot injury are we keen to do to these round us within the identify of balancing the scales? What does it imply to be redeemed? It doesn’t get extra dramatic or extra epic than The Weatherman.
Our ebook is constructed to be a comic book, but when it had been ever became a movie or tv present I think about it could 100 % have a badass soundtrack. So speaking it over with my fellow WM creators we figured…why wait?
Why synthwave for the style? is it a private favourite? Apart from a normal sci-fi sort vibe, how does it match The Weatherman?
The Weatherman artist Nathan Fox, designer Tom Muller, editor Sebastian Girner and I are all huge followers of synthwave and synthwave-adjacent music. And of the bands we’re collaborating with specifically. I hearken to it typically whereas I write. Actually a lot of The Weatherman was written listening to Magic Sword, Pylot, Energy Glove, Le Matos, Make-up & Self-importance Set and Dance with the Lifeless. So this collaboration is extraordinarily thrilling for us.
So far as the way it suits, yeah, the sci-fi vibe is apparent. However we really feel just like the music these bands write and carry out is an ideal complement to the drama and epic-ness I discussed earlier than. There’s additionally an depth and a viciousness to their work that when taken collectively sharpens the enamel we really feel The Weatherman has. However it’s additionally extremely enjoyable and excessive power when it needs to be, which is the case for our ebook as effectively.
How did Magic Sword become involved?
Magic Sword was the primary name we made just because we knew they had been into comics. Actually they make their very own they usually’re nice, so I’d encourage everybody to go to their website and examine them out. And their different music as effectively. All of those guys. It’s superb. However yeah, we began a dialog, found out an angle on all of it and right here we’re. Magic Sword’s been a unbelievable accomplice. They’ve carried out a terrific job championing the ebook and bringing different bands on board. It’s been a pleasure working with them. The remainder of the bands too.
How do you see the music as complementing Nathan Fox and Dave Stewart’s visuals?
I believe it provides a one other dimension to what Nathan and Dave are doing by increasing an already fantastically designed world, and enhancing the moods and tensions that Nathan and Dave are establishing. It makes their artwork all of the extra highly effective and the narrative all of the extra compelling. It’s cool as effectively as a result of the music may be taken as a companion to The Weatherman as an entire, however it additionally speaks to micro moments and the area between panels. So for instance a reader would possibly benefit from the tune after having learn a difficulty and take into consideration what a personality should have been feeling at a sure time. Or ponder the questions the ebook is asking. Or possibly it’s only a actually enjoyable backing observe to an motion scene. The music is what we make of it. What does it imply to you in context of The Weatherman?
Couple of final issues I’ll say, positively take a look at these guys’ social accounts and web sites, work together with them, hearken to their music, and unfold the phrase. Their music is superb. You too can comply with The Weatherman on Twitter and Instagram at @WM_Comic. Don’t neglect that Monday is the final day to pre-order The Weatherman #1! Don’t get offered out!
The Weatherman #1 is scheduled for launch on June 13 from Picture Comics.