PORTLAND, OR, 01/23/2018 — 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.
“All involved supply enjoyable, thrilling, and sometimes beautiful…tones and styles of action, horror, and sci-fi in homage to the great EC comics of the 1950s.” —Booklist
“There are really not many books that capture the adventure, humor, and seediness of our classic Sci-Fi notions of space as Fear Agent does. This is The Shootist meets Mars Attacks! with just the right mix of Barfly flown in for the art house benefit… an extremely high-quality release.” —Impose Magazine
“One of our favorite series. A fantastic fun book, that will emotionally hit you… there is nothing safe with this comic, Remender completely knocks the ground from under the characters in every single issue… it’s excellent, we highly, highly recommend it.” —Pulp Secret
“We love us some Fear Agent. It’s rare that you’re able to just throw away the rational part of your brain and enjoy some good escapist entertainment, especially when you’re talking about science fiction.” —UGO
“Some SF stories get weighed down by the very details writers hope will bring them life. But Fear Agent isn’t one of them. It really will appeal to—not just SF fans—but to everyone who enjoys their adventures straight up.” —Paperback Reader
“Writer Rick Remender’s story manhandles readers’ imaginations with a multi-tiered, well-constructed story that is not just about the violence of an action hero but manages to squeeze in some of his humanity.” —The Washington Times