Fear Agent Moves to Dark Horse

Rick Remender‘s Fear Agent, previously at Image Comics, will be moving to Dark Horse. Press release follows (with various typos corrected).

Break-out talent Rick Remender (Strange Girl, Sea of Red) teams with Eisner-nominated artist Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, Exterminators) and Russ Manning award winner Jerome Opena (Lone) 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. Fear Agent is the story of a man stripped of all that he loved; his home, his family, and his world. These days, Heath Houston spends his hours with only his ship’s onboard computer system and a bottle of whiskey to keep him company, putting himself in constant danger for low wages and little thanks.

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“We’re all very excited to see Fear Agent become a part of the Dark Horse creator-owned line. Sitting besides such esteemed titles as The Goon, Hellboy, and Sin City is quite an honor.” said Remender. “Between Tony Moore and I ramping up to work on the origin of the Fear Agents and Jerome Opena and I hard at work on Heath Huston’s ongoing adventures, we’ll continue to rocket Sci-Fi forward with everyone’s favorite drunken alien exterminator at the helm.”

“Being able to return to the series in alternating arcs with the brilliant Jerome Opena and having the full support of Dark Horse is a dream come true. Everyone plans on bringing their absolute “A” game as Fear Agent readers have come to expect.” remarked Tony Moore.

“I did my first work for Dark Horse on Lone and it’ll be great to work with them again. Everyone has been super supportive and incredibly enthusiastic about Fear Agent.” sang Jerome Opena.

This coming February Dark Horse will be reprinting the first trade paperback collection originally released by Image Comics as well as the first edition of volume 2, with the series picking up again in its monthly form later in the spring.

The series was too macho for me, but I find it interesting that this isn’t the first title to move from Image to Dark Horse (following Rex Mundi). Is Dark Horse’s reported in with the movie industry a draw? (Should we next expect to see news about Fear Agent being optioned?) Image is reportedly handsoff, so long as you pay their fees. Do some creators want more attention and input? What does Dark Horse provide that Image doesn’t in these cases?

6 Responses to “Fear Agent Moves to Dark Horse”

  1. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    Image is a conduit to publishing comics. You put together your book, you pay your money, and Image puts your book out. They don’t take a cut of any ancillary rights, and they don’t help you sell those rights, either. They just take a flat fee, no matter how well or how poorly the book sells.

    Dark Horse has an editorial staff who will help you shuffle all the papers around to get your book published. I don’t know what the financial arrangement is, but if you’re in the middle of writing and drawing a half dozen books (or however many pies Remender currently has his hands in), I imagine the extra help might be worth the up front cut Dark Horse is going to take.

    So, yeah, I’m guessing it’s a good deal for Remender because it eases the strain of putting the book out while simplifying the process of getting other media rights sold and into production.

    And that’s what Image has always been about — giving you the rights to your creation to do with them what you want. If you want total control, they’ll let you be. If you want help, you’re free to go somewhere else for that help.

    I suspect we might start seeing the discussions again about Image losing far too much talent to remain a viable entity unless they start acting as editorial and a media rights company. We saw that a couple of years ago, but I can’t remember which titles kicked off that discussion. I don’t think that’s a road Image wants to go down, but you never know.

  2. Johanna Says:

    So do you expect to see Remender’s other titles moving as well?

  3. Kevin Church Says:

    The series was too macho for me, but I find it interesting that this isn’t the first title to move from Image to Dark Horse (following Rex Mundi).

    Is this a polite way of saying “dunderheaded and completely missing the point?” Because that’s how I read Fear Agent.

  4. Johanna Says:

    Ok, you made me laugh, but no, that’s not what I was getting at. To me, it just seemed so “boys’ adventure”, what with the world-weary alcoholic it starred.

  5. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    I don’t think the rest will move to Dark Horse — not right away, at least. If I had to guess — and this is pure speculation — there was probably some heat surrounding FEAR AGENT that Remender thought he could take advantage of. I think it’s likely the most commercial of his properties and the most susceptible to Hollywood’s usage. (Somehow, SEA OF RED and STRANGE GIRL don’t feel like Hollywood rising stars the way FEAR AGENT easily could.)

    I loved the first arc of FEAR AGENT. I need to get back to it. The art switch from Tony Moore was a little jarring and put me off the book for a little bit, but I definitely enjoyed it for the fun it is.

  6. Johanna Says:

    I dunno — I thought Strange Girl seemed more “today” and original than Fear Agent. But yunno, different strokes.




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