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Fear Agent, Vol. 1: Re-Ignition (Fear Agent #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,064 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
When down and out alien exterminator, Heath Huston stumbles upon an extraterrestrial legion of amoebas preparing to annihilate the Earth, he's forced to choose between the bottle and resuming his roll as a peace keeper, as The Last Fear Agent. Heath's former band of soldiers, the Fear Agents was comprised of a group of the last remaining humans on Earth, whose sworn duty w ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Dark Horse Books (first published July 4th 2006)
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Stephen
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Rompy, rip-roaring, 50’s style, throwback SF “pulpishness” that starts out ABSOLUTELY PERFECT….but ultimately settles down to a solid 3 stars with some occasional gusts up to 4. Overall, a terrific beginning to a new “old time” series. Rick Remender created Fear Agent because he said, “Science Fiction has lost its stones” and wanted to bring back the alien-packed, action and adventure of golden age SF without bowing to the modern trend for scientific detail and realism. He wanted his PULP pure
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Jan Philipzig
Chock-full of genre-bending humour and drunken swagger, Rick Remender's pulpy, noirish sci-fi adventure Fear Agent gets off to a great start. Tony Moore's crisp artwork captures the story's retro feel well and practically pops off the page, thanks in no small part to Lee Loughridge's suitably neon-drenched coloring. Unfortunately, the story's tone gradually shifts from character-based humor to cosmic action - a trend that plays neither to the writer's nor to the artist's strengths but will conti ...more
Sam Quixote
Set in the pulpy future, Heath Huston is an alien exterminator, the last member of a group calling themselves the “Fear Agents”, who gets paid to carry out genocide on “pests” - even though these pests are usually humanoid-like life-forms and makes Heath look like a one-man Nazi brigade! He discovers some evil aliens are planning on blowing up Earth and promptly sets off on a side-quest to fight some robot with a brain in a jar.

Fear Agent came out in 2006, about the peak time for cool retro stu
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Ronyell
Prepare for some serious space action!

Fear AgentAlien vs. Predator

Brief Introduction:

To be honest, I had never heard of “Fear Agent” until I had heard so many good things about Rick Remender’s run on “Uncanny X-Force” (which I have not read as of now). After hearing the praise that Rick Remender got on his work with “Uncanny X-Force,” I had decided to pick up a comic book by him and lo and behold, I came across his work called “Fear Agent Volume One: Re-Ignition” which also had artwork by Tony Moore. “Fear Agent Volume
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Brent
Jun 12, 2017 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all readers, especially fans of space opera and humorous comics
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators and The Book Nook
Shelves: comics, fiction, sf
Fun: I had missed this, and it's lighthearted sf adventure. Great bright color art by Lee Loughridge makes the fine pencil and ink art more appealing.
Michael
May 08, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
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 jo ...more
Sonic
May 19, 2014 Sonic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't hate me, but I expected to like this more than I did. I really enjoy most of Remender's books, but for me this was a little rough around the edges. Mainly though I was not too impressed with the art.
I know, I know, it's the dude from WALKING DEAD and so I should worship it or whatever, but I just felt it was lacking.
It was almost interesting, almost exciting, and almost humorous at times, ...
but for me it was also almost boring.
Zan G
May 24, 2007 Zan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love pulpy crap, especially this 50's idea of what space travel would be combined with a constantly boozing/raygunfighting cowboy astronaut. The artist, Tony Moore, is someone I'm a big fan of. He did the first volume of Walking Dead which I feel is the strongest of the whole run. Fear Agent has a great writer too, he keeps it funny and action packed and doesn't waste the whole first book on exposition. Great cheesy fun. Pick it up.
Mississippi Library Commission
This fun and adventurous graphic novel follows Heath Huston, the last Fear Agent, as he discovers an alien’s plot to wipe out the human species. Heath must now use his skills as an alien exterminator to save the day. This was a great graphic novel with a retro feel. We recommend Fear Agent to those who enjoy pulp science fiction.
Mike
Aug 18, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creator-owned
Fear Agent 1 review

Heard Remender on War Rocket Ajax podcast a few weeks ago, which finally gave me the nerve to try out Fear Agent. Until now, Remender's Marvel work (that I've read) has kept me thinking that he's a second-rate comics writer, so this book has sat on the shelf for too long.

I'm so glad WRA finally clued me in that Remender has such an hilarious streak and his creator-owned books are so much better. Fear Agent is solidly in my "must read" category, up there with Atomic Robo, The G
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William Thomas
Aug 17, 2011 William Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book By Philip K Dick that I read was A Scanner Darkly. I'd been told by my uncle that Dick was a lunatic, just a gibbering imbecile writing with his own feces. After reading Darkly, I thought he couldn't have been more wrong.

But then I started digging deeper into Dick's library and found that sometimes he isn't a genius but an insane, gibbering paranoid schizophrenic. But still, an entertaining one. And prophetic all the same.

In Fear Agent, we get the same kind of genius that we see
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Shannon Appelcline
Mostly a fast-paced pulp adventure, so there’s not a lot of depth here. But what there is is well-written and fun, with a shocking finale.
Todd Landrum
This is some trite, sexist storytelling. Our hero: big, dumb, condescending brute - but somehow we're supposed to find him charming. Our heroine: smart, sexy - but ultimately clueless snowflake in constant need of repeated rescuing.

Yuck, gave up on book 2 at the "that's great buttermilk but we gotta get outta here" line.

Artwork decent, some intriguing aliens and plot, buried under heaping piles of dreck.
Mason
May 08, 2017 Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series made me cry. What I thought was going to be a fun pulpy sci-fi book ended up being one of the only books to ever make me cry. This series is a MUST READ. Just stick with it all the way to the end. Trust me, it's worth it.
Matthew
Mar 26, 2017 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't aware of Fear Agent until well into its run, so I missed out. But in a way I'm glad I waited. From Space monsters to robots to time travel, this is an action-packed romp descending directly from the old SF pulps. Fantastic!
J.G. Keely
When I first saw the cover of this book, it reminded me of the thing I like most in sci fi comics: Wallace Wood, and apparently for good reason. Series author Remender tells us in his introduction that it was his intention to evoke Wallace and the rest of the EC sci fi comics crew.

Remender wants to take back sci fi from the religious ecstasy of Star Wars or the political allegory of Trek, and return to the nuts and bolt: the strange, the adventurous, the RIPPED FROM THE PAGES OF 'INCREDIBLE SCIE
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Sebastien
Feb 25, 2017 Sebastien rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-comics-bd
For a retro/action/scifi/B movie comic , I liked it , Tony 's art is awesome , I wish I had the second volume right now .The story is solid ,the. main character remind me of Roger Wilco (from the space quest videogames,he was a space janitor that became captain of a ship then back to janitor).

this book as a planet of the apes vs robots kinda feel to it as well.

I really enjoyed it ,more than I was expecting.
Feather Mista
Feb 18, 2017 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wally Wood
Recommended to Feather by: el catálogo
La historia es una graaan introducción a lo que sería -parafraseando al autor- una buena muestra de retro-futurismo, una historieta de ciencia ficción a la vieja usanza con dosis de mala leche y cinismo bastante actuales. Y aunque también cae en muchos de los errores de lo que era esta ci-fi para machos cabríos cincuentosa, la ambientación general, acidez habitual y el genial dibujo de Moore me hicieron sentir un enorme placer culposo (más placentero que culposeroso) y, sobre todo, muchas ganas ...more
Lloyd
I've had my eye on this book for years and with the advent of ComiXology Unlimited, I was finally able to easily read it.

Heath Huston is the last of what are called Fear Agents. He is basically a bounty hunter of threatening alien life forms.

This book is pulp/noir/western wrapped in a science fiction wrapper. I have to say I'm intrigued by the end, but intrigued enough to wait and see if ComiXology Unlimited gets more volumes, not enough to run out and buy it.

A middle-of-the-road-leaning-towar
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Joseph Szabo
Fear Agent is suppose to be a throwback of Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon comics; a golden age of diabolical villains and pure heroes, colorful battles and retro spaceships, wars with planets and empires in stars - it was great stuff.

The artwork here does remind me of those past comics and it's very well drawn and painted and yet, the story is not very Flash Gordon-like.

Fear Agent takes itself way to seriously to be like Buck Rogers. The artist who made those types of characters like Buck and Flash,
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Trevor
Aug 03, 2007 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
There are a few comics out there that I’ve read and purchased for the library because of the sheer brilliance, fun, originality, and devotion to the weird that some comic readers, teen and/or adult, either truly appreciate or need to read: Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities, Busiek & Nord’s Conan books, Niles’ Cal McDonald books, etc. Each one, a Dark Horse property. And now, they’ve given us Fear Agent!

Hard drinking Fear Agent Heath Houston (think Bruce Campbell and Spaceballs‘ Capt. Lone S
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Luke Zwanziger
Sep 19, 2010 Luke Zwanziger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, graphic-novel
The Pulps are back! Now Heath Huston will battle space monkeys, with new RAY GUNS! Also, will Heath fall in love with this new DAMSEL IN DISTRESS? Turn the pages next week to find out!

Rick Remender captures and somehow updates the space pulps in FEAR AGENT. "Growing up" on a steady diet classic sci-fi pulp radio such as X-Minus One, Dimension X, this series recaptures the Astounding, Incredible, Astonishing space adventures of the past! that I learned to love so much. No info dumps on the inner
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Ted Henkle
Aug 29, 2014 Ted Henkle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like pulp action with a retro sci-fi feel, then Fear Agent, Volume 1, Re-Ignition is for you!
Down-on-his-luck alien exterminator Heath Hudson, stumbles across a conspiracy to destroy Earth. He narrowly escapes from a space station overrun by octopod monsters with Mara, the only survivor of the attack. They zip past the octopoid armada in Heath's rocket ship, but end up crash-landing on a post-apocalyptic planet, where they discover two things:

One: They've been transported thousands of yea
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Nick
Because Remender has become one of the rising stars of comics writing, I decided to go back and read the first volume of Fear Agent.
The story is a throwback to the old days of pulp science fiction, but the difficulty I had with the story was that the artist drew things in such a way that there should be no volume 2. No, really, as drawn, the main character did not survive volume 1. And yet, there were more books, so I can only assume that the artist lied. Bad artist, no cookie!
Seriously, the art
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Jeff Raymond
This is one of the most fun comics I've had the pleasure of reading in some time. Not more than a few days after I had been complaining to myself about wanting to read a good sci-fi comic, here comes Fear Agent, which is pretty much the love child of Firefly and "Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars."

To try and explain the plot would be folly. Needless to say, it's spaceships, it's a wisecracking hero, it's a little bit of political intrigue and action throughout. I hated that it was such a short arc,
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East Bay J
Aug 04, 2008 East Bay J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Fear Agent Volume 1: Re-Ignition is a fun sci-fi story with lots of action and mayhem. Heath Houston, a hard drinkin’, hard fightin’ Texan, is a Fear Agent; special operatives who deal with pest problems. Alien pest problems. He finds himself in some wacky (and deadly) hijinks after a failed exterminator job. In an attempt to save Earth, Houston and the lovely scientist, Mara, find themselves blasted through time and are presented with an opportunity to save Earth from even greater disaster. Hou ...more
Drown Hollum
Fear Agent is a fun book, with some well written dialogue, and lots of great designs by artist Tony Moore. The visuals are delightful, and Remender has a strong grip on his pacing. His protagonist is well conceived, written with signature dialogue, and an easy level of relatability. This volume is held back by a scatter-brained plot, that jumps around without feeling episodic, and a terrible ending for anything meant to resemble a complete story. In single issue form, the ending would keep a new ...more
Eric England
Aug 11, 2014 Eric England rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fear Agent Volume I: Re-Ignition by RIck Remender and Tony Moore is a great graphic novel. The story focuses on Heath Huston, the last Fear Agent, as he travels around the galaxy confronting huge alien threats. The series is a lot like Firefly in that it gives us the epic feeling of a space adventure, but makes intergalactic travel more approachable using humor and a blue-collar mentality. Huston is a man on a job and it really feels like he is working in a real world career. Additionally, the a ...more
Jennifer
This is a fun, pulpy, action-packed space romp, exactly the of thing that Remender seems to do well. Remender, in my mind, is the guy that can take something standard in the genre and put a new spin on it. However, at least in this first trade, Fear Agent seems like standard pulp sci-fi with a familiar scruffy irreverent protagonist with tragedy in his past. The other reason I probably didn't enjoy this more was because I'm not a huge fan of monkey or giant brain aliens. It's still fun, and whe ...more
Anna
Dec 01, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was sold this as "good old fashioned pulp". I'm sure the misogyny is meant as parody but it's so unpleasant and predominant. The male hero is still a brute who saves the cowering young woman. The two female characters exist to be an annoying nag, a care-giver, T&A and dopey-eyed shut-down fear. It's also littered with typos, and the writing has some funny moments but is predominantly clunky. I'm told the sexism is developed in a positive way but I'm not going to be continuing with the seri ...more
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Rick Remender is an American comic book writer and artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. He is the writer/co-creator of many independent comic books like Black Science, Deadly Class, LOW, Fear Agent and Seven to Eternity. Previously, he wrote The Punisher, Uncanny X-Force, Captain America and Uncanny Avengers for Marvel Comics.
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