Saturday, January 26, 2008

FSSMTW 3: FEAR AGENT 18



FEAR AGENT 18

This was pretty good! For some reason, even though this was part two of a five-part story and issue 18 overall, Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña allot a couple pages at the start to actually explain the set up. In fact, the first half of the book could've been a solid (if not wholly original) first issue.

There's really not much original for a sci-fi action comic happening here at all: years ago in the future, earthlings were sold into intergalactic slavery; some are free and being space rogues, some are looking for a new world to call their own, some are space pirates, some get caught up in gladiatorial combat for the amusement of Roman Empire-styled technologically advanced space monsters... they pull out every cliche you can think of — BUT the dialogue is fun, the voices are distinct enough, the art is reminiscent of Jim Lee when he was good (Punisher War Journal, his early Uncanny X-Men), there's one cool jet-pack scene, and I suspect the ending was actually earned if you'd been reading the series to date and following the characters. It's a well-executed romp through genre conventions.

It's a light entertainment with no pretensions beyond that. A sort of late-eighties Marvel version of a Metal Hurlant comic. I don't think I'd want to buy a thick trade of the previous issues anytime soon, but I'll buy issue 19 when I want my next comic book read.

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