Fear Agent Vol 1 (2007) Review
Fear Agent rocks! You like robots? Got ‘em. You like rockets? Got ‘em. You like weird aliens with lots of tentacles? Got them too!
Writer/creator Rick Remender’s Fear Agent is a throwback to the aesthetic of the old sci-fi comics of the fifties like EC’s Weird Science or DC’s Mystery in Space. Heath Houston, Fear Agent is quite a bit less squeaky clean than his Golden Age counterparts, kind of like The Space Ranger on a bender. Unlike the old books, Remender has the advantage of an ongoing series in which to expand his character’s back story. The stories from Mystery in Space usually only lasted a few pages and consequently were little more than a far out science fiction concept delivered by flat characters. Fear Agent isn’t all sparkling heroics. He’s got his share of darkness in his past.
Under the hood Fear Agent is a rip roaring, character driven, epic space adventure, but what you’ll first get sucked in by is the Tony Moore’s (Walking Dead) stunning artwork and Lee Loughridge’s (Batman Adventures) eye popping colors! These talented space cadets manage to maintain retro sci fi magnificence while taking advantage of the rich color palette of today. This book is a joy to lay your eyes on both for the weird and wonderful subject matter and the skill and vibrancy of its rendering.
What’s not to love about a kick ass space ranger unleashing multiple cans of whoop-ass on bands of simian aliens with dreadlocks and fangs, marching robot armies, massive mind-controlling mega-brains, and over-sized flesh eating super squids? Don your space helmets space rangers, it’s time to blast off with the Fear Agent!