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Fear Agent #1 (of 4)

Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2007
By: Matthew McLean



"The Last Goodbye"

Writer: Rick Remender
Artists: Tony Moore (p), Ande Parks (i), Lee Louridge (colors)

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics


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 assume that Heath was from the future. However, "The Last Goodbye" takes readers to the beginning, so any misunderstanding is cleared away here.

This issue marks the beginning of the alien invasion of Earth. Not an alien invasion, the alien invasion. The pages of issue #1 are filled with aliens: gelatinous ones, giant robots, lizards Ė the whole gamut. However, what makes this unique is that these invading aliens arenít working together; instead they seem to be competing to see who gets the biggest share of planet Earth. Like European imperialists from long ago, these folks have come for the resources Earth has to offer and they donít feel like sharing. Itís as if Earth had been protected by some cosmic bell jar, and that the moment it was lifted, every greedy extraterrestrial cuss that had their eye on this plane came charging in. It makes for an interesting situation as well as brings up some ponderous questions. For instance, what was it that caused this massive, multi-species invasion? Or what prevented it from happening before now? Why did all the invaders show up at the same time? The same day, for that matter? Given that Fear Agent to this point has been a well thought out story, I think we can look forward to the answers in coming issues. Given the bookís track record, though, the answers wonít be happy ones.

Which is just Heathís lot in life. Heath refers to the day of the invasion as, "the day it all turned to crap" and rightly so. Since it began, heís lost many people he cares about (Hell, they even killed his dog) and has spent the last ten years wandering the black. He has returned in an attempt to warn the Earth about an impending alien plot only to find himself too late and the majority of Earthís population destroyed. Again. Needless to say, Heathís mental health isnít the best, as the opening pages testify with him drinking whiskey through a straw, a glassy look in his eyes as he views a mass grave. While Fear Agent may be a science fiction war story, Heath as its anti-hero is what really makes it work. The man is a bag of contradictions. On one hand, heís a weak alcoholic with violent tendencies and a willingness to lie at the drop of a hat if it gets him what he wants. Alternatively, heís brave and capable of awesome acts of willpower.

This issue of Fear Agent: The Last Goodbye goes a long way to explaining how Heath became the anti-hero that he is. But, more than that, itís a fun and exciting sci-fi adventure with two-fisted violence. If you havenít been reading Fear Agent, this is a good place to jump in.

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