**This edition of The Unadapted was written by Andrew Prenger, former comic-book monger and future best-selling novelist. Here's a look at a unique science-fiction series that needs some big (or small) screen love.**
|Country fried space bad-ass.|
Fear Agent is every weird-ass science fiction idea thrown together. It features time travel, cloning, alternate realities, bizarre alien creatures, murderous robots, etc. It plays up more the fiction than the science in that never stops to ponder whether something could happen and there are no long treatises on how a technology could exist. This keeps the pace up and allows the reader to enjoy the action without bogging things down.
|They don't make 'em like they used to.|
This history informs everyone around Heath as well. All the secondary characters, like his ex-wife Charlotte and his current lover Mara, have their own stories rooted in the same tragic tale. How they handle it and how it affected them is explored nicely. Fear Agent explores the idea of a man doing something monstrous and begrudgingly seeking redemption for his actions. The ending is one of the best I've read in comics, resolving all the problems without giving the character an easy out.
Ideally, with all this in mind, I think this would be a good two-film franchise. There is too much information to be crammed successfully into one movie. That's not to say it couldn't be told in a trilogy, but I think it would be better served keeping it shorter. It's fun, it's punchy. There is a definite emotional hook, but there is also spectacle to it. A big budget would be necessary to believably portray the outrageous aliens which populate the series. With the huge success of Guardians of the Galaxy this would be a good movie to make as sort-of a companion to it. There is an audience for comedy/sci-fi movies and I feel this could help fill that need.
Alternately, it could also work well on television. There are quite a few emotional beats which would be served better with more build-up to them. The comic also had fill-ins every so often called "Tales of the Fear Agent" that served as one-shot stories which could be used for episodes covering the ground between the time Heath left a ravaged Earth to when the story starts. It would also be to their strength to imitate Arrow in some ways. Littering in flashbacks to a younger Heath fighting the war on Earth, leading up to his monstrous decision, while concurrently showing him trying to make it up would be a way to mine emotional drama. The two plots coming together in a series/season finale would be excellent.
|Fear Agent Vol. -1|
The story in Fear Agent has concluded, it's easily available in trade paperback. There are six volumes proper collecting the main story and one extra volume of the aforementioned "Tales of the Fear Agent" stories. Alternately Dark Horse has published the entire series in two over-sized hardcovers which look very nice. I like to think that even though the main story is definitively concluded, were a movie to come out and be a hit then Remember, Moore and Opena could come out with a "lost" story or maybe just a mini-series of Tales From the Fear Agent. That would be fun.