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Fear Agent Library Edition Volume 1: Re-Ignition, My War, The Last Goodbye Hardcover – December 25, 2012
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This book reprints:
- Fear Agent #1 to 11 (originally published by Image Comics)
- Fear Agent: The Last Goodbye #1 to 4 (published by Dark Horse, these four issues are #12 to 15 of the series)
- Tales Of The Fear Agent: Twelve Steps In One (by Dark Horse, this one-shot is #16 of the series)
- Fear Agent: Nothing To Fear (originally included in MySpace Dark Horse Presents #3 and 4)
NOTE: The book says it includes #1 to 15 of Fear Agent, but it indeed packs more material than solicited!
Rest assured, all the "Tales Of The Fear Agent" back-ups from the original single issues up to #16 are included in this volume.
All of that is the equivalent of the first three TPBs of the Fear Agent series collected in this huge book: "Re-Ignition", "My War" and "The Last Goodbye".
I'm going to focus my review specifically on the edition of this volume. For a detailed insight of the story and art of Fear Agent you can find a lot of helpful reviews right here on Amazon, just by searching those three TPB editions I mentioned before.
* * * * * EDITION * * * * *
This Library edition is simply gorgeous and it features:
- Huge over-sized format: 12,4 x 8,25 inches, the same as DC's Absolute releases (but without the slipcase)
- Sewn binding: the book lays flat on the table and you can read it comfortably with no gutter-loss at all, so you can fully appreciate the art.
- Gorgeous, very heavy-weight, glossy paper stock (the same kind of paper stock you find in expensive art-books).
- Outstanding printing quality, featuring vibrant colors, rich blacks and really sharp line-art reproduction.
- Great bunch of extras, including 14 pages of sketches and designs, as well as 12 pages worth of pin-ups.
- Beautiful overall editorial design.
- The page count ascends to 512 pages! (Not 440 pages as solicited, as you can see it includes many more!)
* * * * * CONCLUSION * * * * *
Buy this book! Only Dark Horse can offer you such a high-quality deluxe edition for such a little price. If you were to buy a book of this kind from DC's Absolute line the cover price would be of one hundred dollars (and in most titles you'd get a rather minor page count). Dark Horse offers you this gem for half the price and the same (or even better) quality. If you are familiar with Rick Remender from his excellent Marvel runs do yourself a favor and read Fear Agent. Same goes for artists Tony Moore and Jerome Opeña, whose art comes to life in this glorious edition. Believe me, you don't won't to miss this chance.
Heath Huston is an American archtype - a rugged individualist who is a great fighter. He uses humor to handle stressful situations. He is alienated from his wife and has been adrift from America (and Earth) for ten years. He drinks too much. But he has a kind heart. I've seen cartoons, tv shows, movies, and read books and comics with a version of this character my entire life. At times, it is predictable. Still, Mr. Remender makes it entertaining at times. The art by Tony Moore is great.