Some answers to many of the questions we have been receiving:

Fear Agent: We still have one more arc of Fear Agent to wrap the big story up (issues 28-32) and put the book on hiatus while Tony, Jerome and I go and do our very best work possible for Marvel. This arc is well underway with Mike Hawthorne, Tony Moore and John Lucas working as a tag team supreme. It’s the best looking arc yet.

It’s important to give every project your 100% all — no matter if it’s creator-owned or not. The readers deserve our very best work, not something we rush out after over committing. So in that spirit we are devoting all of our time and energy to these Marvel projects.

It’s not something we take lightly. The readers deserve our best; we are lucky to have them and will do our best to never produce a diluted and voiceless product. Comics are expensive, it’s our job to see to it the comics with our names on them are worth the cost of admission. Regardless of this fact, Fear Agent, The End League and Gigantic were coming to their endings at these points anyway.

As for some reader’s feelings towards our Marvel work (most of those complaining have not read any of it) — Contempt prior to investigation is low thinking.

This isn’t a war you need to choose a side in. Mainstream/indy… it’s comics. Made by people. Some people can’t translate what they do from one side to the other, sure. But before you decide we’re among them, read the issues.

We are making the exact same books at Marvel that we make on our own. That’s why they wanted us at the company, to do what we do.

I stand behind our Punisher work as much as I do Fear Agent. Fear Agent will be back.

Gigantic and The End League are both ending as planned. Nothing has changed. The story you get by the end is the story I wanted to tell. They are both complete.

Fear Agent as well. By issue 32, when the book goes on hiatus, we will have hit the end of the original series bible outline. And if you ask me, 32 damn fine issues that were never compromised. Late, yes. But looking at the work, I’d rather see the books as our best foot forward every issue than look back at perfect shipping.

Marvel gave us a clause to continue these books if we desired to, but as I said, the books were reaching their conclusion. It’s not Marvel telling us to wrap these up. Marvel has simply allowed us to work on the characters in their stable that we’ve always wanted to — we couldn’t be having more fun. If you like Fear Agent, you’ll love what we’re doing in Punisher. If you like Strange Girl, You’ll love Doctor Voodoo.

I still have a new creator-owned series in the works. Last Days of American Crime will launch in October from Radical Comics. It is amazing, Greg Tocchini is the next big thing in comics, his pages are works of art. Alex Maleev turns in some of the best covers of his career.

Anyway, it’s important people not misunderstand this stuff of take a cynical point of view about it. If you have a jones for my creator-owned books, there are over twenty trade paperbacks worth you can find on Amazon right now.

I’d recommend Night Mary or Black Heart Billy.

Thanks for the support,

End League Announced

I’ve been itching to chat about this for a while now, and even though I can show any of the pages or cover art yet, I wanted to give a preview of one of my upcoming new projects. In 2007 Dark Horse Comics will release my first creator-owned superhero series, The End League, with artist and co-creator Mat Broome. For me, The End League is a project where I can do everything I’ve ever wanted to do with superheroes. A merging of The Lord of the Rings and The Dark Knight Returns, The End League follows a cast of the last remaining supermen and women, all familiar archetypes, as they embark on a desperate and perilous journey through a world dominated by evil, in hopes of locating the one remaining artifact that can save their world– the Hammer of Thor.

What I’m Doing

Getting settled into our new house in Portland. The rain has just started but otherwise I’m happy as a pig in shit. Really great city. My comics are late as fuck. I’m neck deep in a treatment for a new video game at EA based on an outline by Warren Ellis. Having fun with it.

Trip to Hawaii reminded me to take it easy and not to work so much. I was burning myself out these past two years, best to slow everything down a bit.

Hawaii removes my desire to kill

On a long needed vacation. It’s an odd feeling to not be completely overrun and exhausted. I have three scripts due so I hope I don’t get too used to it.

Back home on Friday and then we move from San Francisco to Portland. Look forward to the change.


I just finished the final page to the Last Christmas. 113 pages and three covers later, I’m done. I’m not going to pencil anything for a long time, it’s too much work. Proud of the book over all, now it’s in Hilary Barta’s hands and the deadline looms… 🙂

Email– you so crazy

I was going to use the pap below as the legal mumbo-jumbo at the bottom of my emails. I never did though, it looked a bit messy down there and I’m sort of a little bitch of neatness. Anyway here it is—-

Rick Remender

The information in this email is confidential and may be used to confuse and bewilder. It is intended solely for the addressee or the ghost of Nipsy Russel. Access to this email by anyone else is unauthorized by the big face on the spinning pole in TRON, I think it was called CPU or something, I dunno, look it up. Any unauthorized dissemination (look this up as well), distribution and/or copying of this communication, any attachments, and/or the information contained herein is strictly prohibited but I’m not entirely sure by who… Let’s say the NSA will be really unhappy with you and record you having phone sex and send a copy to everyone you work with as a reminder. This is intended also as a legal and binding document between the sender and the receiver that once read entitles the sender to a hot turkey dinner at the expense of the receiver with payment due upon request of the sender as long as the sender notifies the receiver he would like his hot turkey dinner within, say… An hour.