If you like pulp action with a retro sci-fi feel, then Fear Agent, Volume 1, Re-Ignition is for you!
Down-on-his-luck alien exterminator Heath Hudson, stumbles across a conspiracy to destroy Earth.
He narrowly escapes from a space station overrun by octopoid monsters with Mara, the only survivor of the attack.
They zip past the octopoid armada in Heath's rocket ship, but end up crash-landing on a post-apocalyptic planet, where they discover two things:
One: They've been transported thousands of years back in time.
Two: The planet they're marooned on is the homeworld of a race of killer robots, hell-bent on exterminating all life forms in the galaxy.
So it's "Plan B" for our intrepid couple--stop the robot conquest of the galaxy before it begins. But after a desperate battle, all seems lost.
In Fear Agent, Vol 2, My War, our hero Heath Hudson rebounds and manages to thwart the evil robot plan.
However, as with other time-travel stories, the "present" turns out to be worse off than before--on many levels, from personal to planetary.
My War ends with remnants of the Human Race preparing to launch a search for habitable planets in order to hide from the octopoids--and just about every other race that wants to see humans eradicated from the galaxy.
Several more Fear Agent volumes have been published since Re-Ignition. For a synopsis on all of them, with plot spoilers, here's the Wikipedia "Cliff Notes."
Fear Agent Volumes 1 & 2 are a retro-romp across time and space.
I give both issues 5-stars/two-thumbs-up. A plot-twist was revealed at the end of My War, that I should have seen coming, but didn't, because I was too mesmerized by the action. So I made sure I didn't read the Wikipedia synopsis past Volume 2.
There is a scene with hints of sex and nudity, along with some dialogue discussing sex. Not to mention all the graphic violence of people, aliens and robots being blasted and/or eaten.
So if you're think about getting Fear Agent Volumes 1 & 2, and probably any of the subsequent issues for that matter, as gifts, you may want to consider this "NC-17 or R-Rated" material.
Both volumes averaged 4.5 stars on Amazon.com. I didn't notice any of the plot issues the less-than-four-star raters commented on. My copies of Re-Ignition and My War had no production flaws either.
I'm hooked and look forward to getting caught-up on Fear Agent!