Fear Agent is no Star Trek, meaning it's not a space opera about professional and rational space explorers battling evil alien threats. It's an action-packed adventure book with tons of violence and crazy plot twists. The book's main character, Heath Huston, is a borderline alcoholic redneck astronaut. He's the kind of guy who would call Jim Kirk a "candy ass" right after breaking his nose for the millionth time and drinking him under the table. Rick Remender's comic follows Huston as he fights bizarre aliens (Space spiders! GIant octopoids!) as the last of Earth's fear agents, a dwindling breed of hardcore spacemen bent on protecting human life and kicking the ass of everything else.
The comic was first published by Image in 2005, but it soon moved to Dark Horse, the publisher of Hellboy, 30 Days of Night and Joss Whedon's latest Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Risky Biz also reminds us that Universal is developing several other Dark Horse properties, including Hot Topic staple Emily the Strange and The Secret.