After gloriously enjoying the cover, design, and introductory issue, it was time to read the rest of the first trade.
Well, what’re we waitin’ for?
I could use this HC to kill a man. Easily. Time for more #fearagentreadalong
The cover to #2 really doesn’t mess around. Tentacle POV-Huston with his kit on-ribcage stripped clean of grue in bg. #fearagentreadalong
Huston walking away with the monocle is better subtle storytelling than a fight scene could have replaced. Well played.#fearagentreadalong
Huston just wanting some peanut butter with a spoon is a magnificent way to humanise a guy amidst all the sci fi. #fearagentreadalong
Digging the low fi/sci fi approach. Huston is on a sentient ship but goes to a fridge, pulls out bourbon and leftovers. #fearagentreadalong
VHS. Boss. #fearagentreadalong
I could see VHS being easier to low fi decode in the future than our damn thumb drives.#fearagentreadalong
“The problem with Frazterga wasn’t that I was drunk–/–I just wasn’t DRUNK ENOUGH.” — Heath Huston, Fear Agent.#fearagentreadalong
A whole page of Huston grabbing bourbon bottles. THIS is exactly what I read it for.#fearagentreadalong
I love that they’re happy to allow Huston to run away in pretty much open fear. It shows he’s smart.#fearagentreadalong
The face on Huston as the tentacles grab him, on P. 52, is a great Tony Moore face. That large eye really pops. #fearagentreadalong
Man, I dig the concentric blue blasts from Huston’s gun. That’s rad. ZAP-ZAP-ZAP #fearagentreadalong
Really dig Mara’s design. Beautiful, functional, beautiful.#fearagentreadalong
Mara with the space uppercut on Huston. JAB #fearagentreadalong
Ending with an effective double page spread. And only one word. “…Earth.” Economy.#fearagentreadalong
So the first issue stood alone for introduction and now we get a larger tale. Take notice, this is how to do it. #fearagentreadalong
Love the almost Russian tundra colour scheme going on with the cover to #3. #fearagentreadalong
Though I’m pretty sure his gun fires blue circles, not orange. #nGLAYven #fearagentreadalong
Wow, Huston is really a dick to Mara. Is this the Bruce Campbell/Ash school of picking up? #fearagentreadalong
You know Huston’s a bachelor in space with that tube sock hanging around. Hate to see it face slap in zero G. #fearagentreadalong
I need to tell people to “Quit yer jawin’!” waaaay more often. #fearagentreadalong
That’s one hell of a sweet mental offer Huston makes for Annie. How can human-AI interactions mist me up? #fearagentreadalong
Great and varied robot designs. These suckers feel lived in. #fearagentreadalong
Huston just entered a Level Boss scenario: Robot Lair. #fearagentreadalong
Hmm, @Remender uses the captions to tell us stuff we can’t see so the narrative can rocket along. An intriguing device. #fearagentreadalong
I think you can hear the moment Huston falls in love with Mara. SHTUNK! #arrowstraightthroughtheheart #fearagentreadalong
The action in #3 really rachets up and builds to a very effective cliffhanger end. Craft and fun all in one. #fearagentreadalong
Dig that orange humming cover to #4. Yep, time for more
Opening with Sam Clemens. Classy touch. Really brings more to this title.
Man, imagine if somehow through space/time John Wayne could play Heath Huston. Or young Clint Eastwood. Imagine.
Trying to think who could bring the best level of graininess to the character of Heath Huston today.
“Tastes like sweet potato Guinness.” — how is this not a blurb on the back cover?
“However, Troleen suspected Jentu’s involvement in the death of Tetald.” — this history lesson is crazy deep.
“I’m gonna save my boy.” — and just like that, hope was injected into the narrative and it made me feel worse.
A plant gun. For reals.
The colour change during the attack as they sneak up upon the Tetaldians. Superb.
That’s one hell of a bold way to close the opening arc.
This entire opener has just been one big damned tease, and it’s 100% effective. Kind of amazing.