Fear Agent Volume 1: Re-Ignition 2nd Edition TPB | Writer: Rick Remender | Artist: Tony Moore, Sean Parsons, Mike Manley, Jerome Opeña | Colorist: Lee Loughridge | Letters: Rus Wooton | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $9.99 | Release Date: April 2, 2014 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
I was late to the Fear Agent party and this exhilarating second edition is the perfect invitation. Like Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, this is a well-constructed story that jars your mind in the best possible way. Maverick alien exterminator, Heath Huston, is good at his job. He might be too good, which is half the fun.
The internal dialogue while fighting robots and a giant jelly brain is fascinating because he spits in the face of adversity with a hero’s valor. A sarcastic sense of humor and whiskey will serve him well while dealing with an invading conspiracy that sets him back 20,000 years.
Where most would fold, Huston makes it work in a way where you want to slap him and fist bump him at the same time. The various sci-fi influences of Flash Gordon, Planet of the Apes, and others are obvious, but they serve the story in a way that it doesn’t feel like a blatant rip off.
Tony Moore’s artwork makes this an aesthetically pleasing masterpiece and the vibrant coloring of Lee Loughridge brings the story to life. There are some concept sketches that show the evolution of Heath Huston from conception to birth, which is a cool little special feature that is common place within graphic novels. If you’ve heard the hype, believe it.
If you haven’t heard the hype, this collection of the series’ first four issues will undoubtedly make you a believer.