Comic Book: Fear Agent

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A science-fiction comic book series by Rick Remender, with art alternating between Tony Moore and Jerome Opena on different story arcs.

Launched in October 2005 by Image Comics, and subsequently published by Dark Horse Comics, Fear Agent was created by Rick Remender, who believes that "science-fiction has lost its stones". Fear Agent follows the adventures of Heath Huston, a rugged, alcoholic Texan space badass who is the last of the Fear Agents, a task force dedicated to eradicating alien threats to their home planet of Earth. After the death of the other Agents in an at first undescribed event, Heath spends his time as an alien exterminator traveling to distant locales, getting rid of pests for a price. During one such pest removal, Heath stumbles upon an alien plot to annihilate the last of Earth's already mostly destroyed and displaced human population.

"Fear Agent" provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Alcoholic / Drunken Master: Heath.
  • Benevolent A.I.: Annie
  • Big Damn Hero: Annie. At the moment right before the Big Bang.
  • Cloning Blues: Heath.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all he went through to stop the Teteldians and the Jellyfish Brains, the Out-of-Step Heath is given the gift of being able to see the new timeline where an alternate version of himself and his family are safe and living a happy life before dying.
  • Epigraph: The last two pages use a beautiful quote by Sam Clemens.
    "Life was not a valuable gift, but death was. Life was a fever-dream made up of joys embittered by sorrows, pleasure poisoned by pain; a dream that was a nightmare-confusion of spasmodic and fleeting delights, ecstasies, exultations, happinesses, interspersed with long-drawn miseries, griefs, perils, horrors, disappointments, defeats,humiliations, and despairs—the heaviest curse devisable by divine ingenuity; but death was sweet, death was gentle, death was kind; death healed the bruised spirit and the broken heart, and gave them rest and forgetfulness; death was man's best friend; when man could endure life no longer, death came and set him free."
  • Man Behind the Man: The Jellyfish Brains behind the Tetaldians.
  • The Mole: Mara.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Heath, just about all the time.
  • Shout-Out: The primitive Tetaldian robots scream out "Crush, kill, destroy'' when attacking
  • Space Western: This hits this trope pretty square, with its big-buckle toting, hard-drinking, down-home wisdom spewing, alien exterminating protagonist.
  • Used Future.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Heath is this from the very beginning.
  • Wham Episode: Issue 4 Heath and Mara are revealed to have been sent 20,000 years into the past. Ket is revealed to be a traitor who's working with the Tetaldians. Jentu, the leader of the Tetaldians, has been expecting Heath and delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle on him. The final shot is of Jentu squishing Heath under his foot.
    • The Out-of-Step arc.
  • What an Idiot: Mara sells out earth to the Dressites just for a chance to kill someone who wronged her in the past bigtime, then when she runs into him, while being outclassed, fires at him anyway, dooming half the team. Still manages to get into his ship but dies before she can kill him..