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November 05, 2008: Gigantic #1 (Review)

In the Diamond preview material for Gigantic #1 the promo states that this series is similar to the Peter Weir film The Truman Show, which I absolutely loved. So, needless to say, I was very excited to see what Rick Remender, one of my favorite current writers, would do with a robotic Truman Show. Well, the results were as satisfying as I imagined, though the overall first issue didnít have all the substance I would have liked. However, I canít really complain that much, since the style of the story has a War of the Worlds urgency and the artwork by Eric Nguyen is clearly perfect for this kind of reality-bending tale. Itís a fine start to a series that will hopefully continue to bring the action and suspense, preferably in the... [more]

October 29, 2008: Aliens, Superheros & TV Shows: Interview with Rick Remender 10/29/08 (Interview)

Over-worked and candid, Rick Remender answers our questions about his latest project -- Gigantic -- and makes some late-night predictions about the future of America. Just in time to sway some undecided voters! Dark Horse: You now have three ongoing series with Dark Horse: Fear Agent, The End League, and the new series Gigantic. How do you come up with so many ideas, characters, and voices without spreading yourself too thin? Rick Remender: I work fifteen to seventeen hours a day, nearly seven days a week. Iíve kept this schedule going on four years now. I hit a point about five years ago where I'd spent an entire year doing pitches, but hadnít sent any out for fear of mass rejection. Here I had all of these pitches done, all of these... [more]

August 21, 2008: Fear Agent 23 (Review)

"What book should I be reading?" "You should be reading Fear Agent." There it is.† There are other books out there, and they're plenty good to be sure, but really, if you're in the mood for a book that's just comic book action and thrills and chills, there's really nothing to top Fear Agent.† It is just ridiculous fun, and is as close as I can imagine, a book that is all things to all people.† You've got Heath Huston, a tough guy from Texas.† The world is invaded by aliens and humanity is basically wiped out.† Then he cruises the universe feeling bad for himself for various reasons, and spends most of his time trying to pickle himself with as much liquor as he can.† There has been suspense, horror, war, science, time traveling, sex,... [more]

May 11, 2008: Gigantic #1 (Review)

I've had this book on my radar since I first learned of it in those early solicits months ago (curse you "Previews"!). It looked like good fun to me. The basic premise is that a giant robot (man in an armor suit?) lands on Earth to defend the planet against invaders. That isn't anything mind-blowing. Remender adds in a twist that the appearance on Earth is just a backdrop for intergalactic entertainment, a wink and a nod or a dig and a poke at the state of the entertainment industry, or perhaps even the state of society and our "need" for entertainment. "Gigantic" has been billed as a Godzilla movie mixed into the plot of "The Truman Show," and honestly, it doesn't stray too far from that billing. It does, however, offer a premise that... [more]

May 11, 2008: Gigantic #1 (Review)

I've had this book on my radar since I first learned of it in those early solicits months ago (curse you "Previews"!). It looked like good fun to me. The basic premise is that a giant robot (man in an armor suit?) lands on Earth to defend the planet against invaders. That isn't anything mind-blowing. Remender adds in a twist that the appearance on Earth is just a backdrop for intergalactic entertainment, a wink and a nod or a dig and a poke at the state of the entertainment industry, or perhaps even the state of society and our "need" for entertainment. Gigantic has been billed as a Godzilla movie mixed into the plot of The Truman Show, and honestly, it doesn't stray too far from that billing. It does, however, offer a premise that... [more]

February 27, 2008: Fear Agent Vol.3: The Last Goodbye TPB (Review)

Fear Agentís done something I never thought would happen: It actually moved me. Collecting issues #12-15, this third trade paperback, titled ďThe Last GoodbyeĒ, steps away from the outrageous action and follies of Heath Huston. It takes us back to a time just before the war on Earth started, exploring the full origin of the alien attack and the Fear Agents themselves.At first I thought I was reading the previous trade because some of the original pages of Heath coming home and spending time with his family (right before the alien attack) were reprinted. But soon enough, we actually get into the devastating events of the war and itís not pretty. Forced to hide underground for months, Heath nearly goes insane before finally coming up to... [more]

January 21, 2008: Fear Agent #18 (Review)

There's a great deal to like about Fear Agent, but the best bit for this reviewer is watching what is obviously a long thought out storyline unfold. Remender was kind enough to sit down for an interview and say as much, but astute readers who have been paying attention can see it for themselves.In issue #18 this comes up in a number of ways. Mara, upon meeting Heath way back when had briefly mentioned that her family had been captured and made into cattle after the invasion of Earth. What might have been just a passing attempt at an origin in other comics is flushed out at the beginning of this issue and gives Mara's history some real bite. Her actions, fueled by bitterness and a hatred bordering on insanity, make sense in the light... [more]

October 02, 2007: Fear Agent: The Last Goodbye #4 (Review)

"It is not in the least likely that any life has ever been lived which was not a failure in the secret judgment of the person who lived it." - Samuel Langhorne Clemens Thatís not a cheerful epigraph for this comic book, but it's fitting. In this issue, Heath Huston, one of the last surviving Fear Agents from a horrific battle, takes a small action--just a little thing, the kind of thing you decide in about 15 seconds in the heat of the moment--and literally destroys a world. That's the problem with anger, with rage, with blind mindless fury. Almost by definition, you do the wrong thing. Anger gets the better of logic. Passion trumps brains. It's the thing that separates adults from children, that keeps people out of jail, that keeps... [more]

August 08, 2007: Fear Agent: The Last Goodbye #2 (Review)

Fear Agent: The Last Goodbye continues the origin story of the bookís intrepid alcoholic hero Heath Huston, this time landing on earth, (Texas, to be more precise), during the chaos of a mass alien invasion that breaks into full-scale war. Itís a grisly story that sometimes jaunts through a Walking Dead scenario, and at other times mimics the twisted spiritual quest of Preacher. In this particular issue, weíre dropped into an alien-provoked nuclear winter, with Huston struggling against impossible forces instead of waiting to die. Fear Agent was a good book on Image, and I would definitely recommend picking those issues up in trade. There are really not many books that capture the adventure, humor, and seediness of our classic sci fi... [more]

July 10, 2007: Interview with Rick Remender 7/10/07 (Interview)

Break-out talent, Rick Remender (Strange Girl, Sea of Red) has teamed with Eisner nominated artist Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, Exterminators) to tell the story of the last of the Fear Agents, the band of Texans who once defended Earth from an onslaught of alien annihilation. We recently had a chance to speak with Rick where he shared his thoughts on life and comics. Or, comics and life. Either way, enjoy! Dark Horse: For the uninitiated, tell us a little bit about Fear Agent, and the how the new Dark Horse series Fear Agent: The Last Goodbye fits into the overall story? Rick Remender: Fear Agent is the story of a bookish young school girl and her journey into adulthood and her own blossoming . . . wait, that's this other thing I'm... [more]

July 02, 2007: Fear Agent Vol. 2: My War (Review)

Fear Agent is like one of those old fashioned Space adventures like Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers, except for the fact that our hero, Heath Huston, is a foul-mouthed, lecherous, alcoholic who kicks serious alien butt. Heath has had to travel back in time to stop the alien race of bubble-brained (literally!) robots known as the Tetaldians from destroying the Earth. He succeeds, but in doing so has upset the fabric of time. Heís captured by the Keepers and charged with crimes against the known universe. Heath is belligerent as usual but goes absolutely nuts when he finds out that the Keepers intend to restore the Tetaldian Empire after Heath has worked so hard to destroy them. Heath is given a life sentence, but soon after the Keepers have... [more]

June 07, 2007: Fear Agent: The Last Goodbye #1 (Review)

A piece of advice to any aliens intent on invading Earth: If you ever decide to mess with a Texan whoís packing a shotgun, youíre going to want to carry more than a buzzsaw. In Earth terms, you are bringing a knife to a gun fight. The Texan in question is truck driver turned alien exterminator, Heath Huston. For those readers who have kept up with Fear Agent or picked up the trade paperbacks, Re-Ignition and My War, the first few pages of this issue are a re-cap. However, donít let that dissuade you from purchasing this issue as thereís new material. For one thing, this issue also clears up any questions readers may have had about the time period of Fear Agent. Before, with the bookís Buck Rogers technology, it would have been easy to... [more]

June 01, 2007: Fear Agent Vol. 2: My War (Review)

Crude but likeable, confusing but entertaining--that pretty much sums up both this trade's plot and the series' hero, alien exterminator Heath Huston. Collecting issues #5-#10 of the ongoing series, the collection kicks off with a jarring turn right in the middle of the story arc (sans recap for new readers), but before too long, you'll find yourself in the middle of deep space hijinx with the tough-talkin', hard-drinkin' Huston, a suicidal hero with a death wish and the width and breadth of space. Here, he's put on trial for his forays into time travel to try to stop the alien armada that wipes out Earth. Before long he winds up in a love triangle with his pilot Mara and his ex-wife Charlotte, the former President of the United States... [more]

April 16, 2007: Heath Huston is my Hero 4/16/07 (Horsepower)

You don't find many spacemen like Fear Agent's Heath Huston. Hard-drinking, hard-fighting men who live in piles of their own filth just don't seem to fit in with what people think of when they think of science fiction. More likely than not, the words "sci-fi hero" will cause people to picture more polished types like Luke Skywalker, Captain Kirk, or even Flash Gordon. But Heath Huston isn't your average spaceman. He's something different, something special. Filled with regret, self-loathing, and booze, Heath serves as a better role model than Skywalker, Kirk, and Gordon combined--because he's more real than any of those guys. Huston is a slob. A down-on-his-luck bum who can't catch a break no matter how hard he tries. Despite how bad... [more]

November 30, -0001: Gigantic #1 (Review)

In the Diamond preview material for Gigantic #1 the promo states that this series is similar to the Peter Weir film The Truman Show, which I absolutely loved. So, needless to say, I was very excited to see what Rick Remender, one of my favorite current writers, would do with a robotic Truman Show. Well, the results were as satisfying as I imagined, though the overall first issue didnít have all the substance I would have liked. However, I canít really complain that much, since the style of the story has a War of the Worlds urgency and the artwork by Eric Nguyen is clearly perfect for this kind of reality-bending tale. Itís a fine start to a series that will hopefully continue to bring the action and suspense, preferably in the... [more]