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Fear Agent, Vol. 1: Re-Ignition Paperback – May 29, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593077645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593077648
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.6 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Stuff Flash Gordon and Die Hard's John McClane into one of the gleefully gory sf/horror comics of the 50s, and you'll have this pulp-inspired graphic novel, the first in the Fear Agent series. Leaving no genre stone unturned, the creators toss out a series of beautifully executed setups that follow hard-drinking, foulmouthed, down-and-out Heath Houston, alien exterminator. When Houston stumbles upon a plot to destroy Earth, he embarks on a mission that reignites the fire of his determination. It's a briefly lit fire, however, as the story ends right smack in the middle, with no hint of what's to come. For patient readers, though, particularly those who enjoy nonstop action and clever sf ideas and environments, this hits the stratosphere. Karp, Jesse

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Rick Remender is the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Night Mary, and XXXombies. He is also the writer of Marvel's Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Punisher, and Venom.

Outside of comics he has served as lead writer on EA/EPIC/PCF's Bulletstorm game and was a writer on the Electronic Arts hit game Dead Space . Prior to this, Remender served as an animator assistant on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

During his time wrist grinding as an artist Rick penciled books such as The Last Christmas, Bruce Campbell's Man with the Screaming Brain and numerous issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while also inking books such as The Avengers and The Terminator . He has provided album covers and art for bands such as NOFX, 3 Inches of Blood, Lagwagon and No Use for a Name.

He taught storyboarding, animation and comic art at San Francisco's Academy of Art University for many years.

He and his tea-sipping wife, Danni, currently reside in Southern California with a beautiful baby girl, a giant baby boy and a monster known only as Lester Magoo.

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I wont go into the story.
Leftover Cowboy
This is good, old-fashioned space-opera, laced with witty, sarcastic humor.
Tim Janson
And Tony Moore's pencils are at his usual top-notch quality.
Rory Hensley

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Fear Agent really harkens back to the days of old sci-fi pulps and TV shows and movie serials with a thrilling, and adventurous story in the best tradition of Keith Laumer and Harry Harrison. This trade paperback collects the first four issues of Fear Agent published by Image Comics and written by Rick Remender and pencils by Tony Moore.

Heath Houston is a Fear Agent, the last of his kind---and alien exterminator with a license to kill...as long as the lifeform is the right class. There's nothing Heath likes more than his job, other than perhaps a good bottle of booze. A harrowing escape from the planet Frazterga following a somewhat botched job (In the Mayor's opinion) leads to Heath taking a job to investigate a trading and re-fueling outpost that has lost communications. Heath arrives to find the space station outpost apparently abandoned...but not quite. Heath soon discovers that the outpost has been overrun by Feeders, an octopoid-like race that does nothing but feed on flesh and reproduce.

Heath soon finds that an alien race called the Dressites have smuggled the feeders to the outpost but that's not the worst of it...now having re-fueled the Dressites are on their way to Earth with their deadly cargo, ready to wipeout mankind. Only Heath, and an outpost survivor named Mara stand in their way!

What a true joy it was to read this book! This is good, old-fashioned space-opera, laced with witty, sarcastic humor. Houston is like a sci-fi version of James Bond...if he were to imbibe far too many martinis. Two-fisted and packing all sorts of butt-kicking weaponry, Houston is truly a hero for the 21st century. Tony Moore's art is perfect for the title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rory Hensley on July 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Part western, part sci-fi , part comedy , this book has it all without drowning out the most important element; story. Mr. Remember has crafted a very fun tale that takes the reader through a roller-coaster ride of action and intrigue. And Tony Moore's pencils are at his usual top-notch quality. I could'nt believe this book was under $10.00 and I can't wait for the next trade !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Cross on July 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is great, if you have any respect for classic comics or classic Sci-Fi, you'll love this book. It's the right book at the right time, classic sci-fi drawn by a contemporary master. I Can't recommend it enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Moore on July 12, 2006
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Science fiction returns to comics with an old school bent and a modern burst of energy. Remender's lead is the kind of character built to sustain a book over the long haul, and Tony Moore is one of the budding geniuses of modern comic book art. Lots of fun, and a pretty package, to boot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seth M Peck on July 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
An amazing blend of old-school retro sci-fi and modern cynicism, Fear Agent delivers the kind of thrill absent since the days of EC comics. Tony Moore provides eye-popping visuals and Rick Remender cooks up a burned-out hero who has his head in the bottle and one foot in the grave. Somewhere, Wally Wood is smiling...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Rauch on July 11, 2006
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Fear Agent is sci-fi the way it should be. I recommend this very highly. You'll pay for the whole seat but you'll only need the edge!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Duggan on July 11, 2006
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Fear Agent is a very cool new comic that feels old - and I mean that in the best possible way. The book is a well drawn and well told throw back to the dawn of sci-fi - when heroes...or anti-heroes packed ray guns, bounced around space in rockets and had bubble helmets on. Heck of a lot of fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Burnham VINE VOICE on November 30, 2010
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I'd give Fear Agent: Vol 1 more stars if future volumes delivered on its promise: a refreshingly brisk, old-fashioned, character-focused pulp adventure. Alas, it's all downhill from here. After a few issues it becomes clear that the plot doesn't make a lick of sense. After you've traveled back and forth through time and been cloned a few times, well, who cares what happens to you? An extended backstory recounting the alien invasion of Earth takes itself way too seriously, losing its pulp appeal in a desperate attempt to overload the central character with pathos.

Fear Agent is a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, it doesn't go anywhere worth going.
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