Fear Agent was probably the comic most responsible for putting Rick Remender on the map (although the slightly earlier Sea of Red is worth your time), with art by Tony Moore and Jerome Opeña (mostly). Fear Agent is the story of the last member of defense corps against alien invasions who finds himself drawn back into his old job as an old menace rears its head. And things don’t well.
Image is reissuing the series in “master edition” trade paperbacks starting in April. If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s certainly worth a look.
Official PR follows:
Image Comics will bring FEAR AGENT—the critically-acclaimed, science-fiction odyssey by Rick Remender, Tony Moore, and Jerome Opeña—back to print as a series of master edition trade paperbacks. Each trade paperback will collect ten issues of the seminal, pulp classic and will feature never-before-seen scripts, variant covers, designs, and concept art.
Beginning with FEAR AGENT: FINAL EDITION, VOL. 1, which hits stores this April, veteran fans and new recruits alike can experience the whiskey-soaked, laser-scorched life of Heath Huston, the galaxy’s last hope.
“I chronicled the hardest ten years of my life through Heath Huston and his drunken plight to save eternity and couldn’t be more excited to share our love letter to EC Comics with a new audience,” said Remender. “The series is drenched in love from Tony Moore, Jerome Opeña and some of the best artists in the world.”
FEAR AGENT first made waves when Remender famously described it, in an interview with Comic Book Resources, as their response to a sci-fi genre that’d “lost its stones.” Heralded as an addictive homage to the popular sci-fi adventure of the ’50s, FEAR AGENT was the series that catapulted Remender’s reputation for action-packed sci-fi with heartstring-tugging character building. It laid the groundwork for such hits as, BLACK SCIENCE co-created with artist Matteo Scalera, LOW co-created with artist Greg Tocchini, and his re-teaming and co-creation with Opeña on SEVEN TO ETERNITY.
Moore added: “Rick and Jerome are the collaborators of a lifetime, and we all poured our blood, sweat, and tears into these pages, sometimes literally. This series was a hard-fought labor of love for the genre and the pantheon of mid-century comicbook titans who continue to inspire us the most, and I personally could not be more proud of it.”
The FEAR AGENT adventure unfolds when down-and-out alien exterminator Heath Huston stumbles upon an extraterrestrial plot to commit genocide against the human species, he must put down the bottle and resume his role as a peacekeeper…the last Fear Agent.
Opeña added: “Working on Fear Agent was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in comics and it’s great to see the book get the recognition it deserves all these years later. I’m eternally grateful to Rick and Tony for inviting me along to collaborate with them and it’s an honor to have my name associated with the book in any way.”
FEAR AGENT: FINAL EDITION, VOL. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0797-1, Diamond Code FEB180517) hits stores on Wednesday, April 25th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers in Monday, March 12th. It hits bookstores on Tuesday, May 1st and will be available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.