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Fear Agent Volume 1: Re-Ignition: Re-ignition v. 1 Paperback – 29 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (29 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593077645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593077648
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.9 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,024,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fear Agent is Rick Remender's love letter to sci-fi in the 1950s, back before, as Remender puts it - sci-fi lost its stones. By that he bemoans how sci-fi forgot to be fun and adventurous in favour of getting all technical with the science and the intricacies of alien cultures. Even though I like modern sci-fi I can understand what he means. So this book is trying to recapture the post war pulpy comic book fun that the folks at EC and Wallace Wood in particular used to deliver. He does a good job as well, creating Heath Huston, last of the Fear Agents, the boozy square jawed hero of the title, battling weird aliens, monkey men, robots, jelly brains and hungry tentacles, while trying to earn enough alien killing bounty to keep his rocket ship fuelled.
"Prepare for Warp Launch," pipes his ship computer.
"Preparing," Huston acknowledges, glugging down the Jim Beam.
Delivering the retro graphics on these first four issues is Tony Moore. Yep the same guy who sprang onto the comic scene on Kirkman's Battle Pope a decade or so ago, though most folk probably know his work from the first few issues of The Walking Dead. He's really 'on it' with this book; bubble helmets, rocket shaped space ships, ray guns and brains in a jar - it all piles on that 1950s nostalgia trip goodness. I loved the alien space trucker in issue one, stomping about the deserted space station:
"They aint mannin' the docks but they damn well better be mannin' the Chili Shack."
Jerome Opena does some work on issue four - the two artists would later take it in turns illustrating separate arcs.
Issue four is my least favourite of the issues as it gets a bit bogged down with infodumping some back story. It was sort of unavoidable but it hits the pacing just when it needed to kick ass. It does all end with a heck of a cliff hanger though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By presterjohn on 9 Aug. 2006
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This book is great. I have been buying the monthlies rather than waiting for this the first of the trades mind you. If you like books that have a great mix of action, adventure and humour then give this title a shot. Story wise it reminds me of 2000AD's Sam Slade Robo Hunter only as if written by a cross between Warren Ellis and Dan Slott (with maybe a little Robert Kirkman thrown in for good measure). At only a little over a fiver you can't go wrong with this book.
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By Owen Hughes VINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2010
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An enjoyable sci fi romp, following the last of a band of alien hunters (called the Fear Agents) and his exploits. There's some aliens trying to invade Earth, there's some time travel, and there's some witty quips from Heath as he kicks some alien arse.

I bought this comic mainly because I like Tony Moore's artwork in The Walking Dead, Battle Pope and The Exterminators. And once again, it is top notch.

I also bought this comic as it sounded fun! And that's just what it is. It feels like a classic sci-fi film but updated and in comic format. I fully recommend it if you want a fun, easy to read, actiony comic.
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Just good fun really. You don't have to think, just enjoy it for what it is. A good action comic
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Tim Janson - Published on
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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 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 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. Heath isn't some muscle-bound, steroid-enhanced super hero and Mara isn't a super-model with augmented [...]. Credit Moore of knowing how to be subtle and working within the framework of Remender's story.

My only complaint is that much like the old Flash Gordon movie serials, the book ends with a cliffhanger. I guess we'll just have to wait until part two.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great setup, disappointing follow-through 30 Nov. 2010
By Trevor Burnham - Published on
Format: Paperback
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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An extremely well done book that does not disappoint. 13 July 2006
By Rory Hensley - Published on
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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Sci-Fi Thrills for the New Millenium 12 July 2006
By Seth M Peck - Published on
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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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Wicked Cool Retro Sci-Fi 12 July 2006
By G. Duggan - Published on
Format: Paperback
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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