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The Fly Outbreak #1

Review by Paul Bowler

Many years ago, the brilliant scientist Seth Brundle invented a teleportation device, but his experiment when disastrously wrong and he was transformed into a terrifying human / mutant hybrid. Now his human son Martin, who once also endured the same horrific mutation, continues his search to find a cure for the mutated genes. When a major breakthrough inadvertently leads to a breakout, a new horror is unleashed, and it quickly becomes clear that anyone that’s been exposed could soon become a monster too…

The Fly Outbreak #1 continues the story that began in David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986), and follows on from the events in the sequel, The Fly II (1989). This new five part min-series from IDW, written by Brandon Seifert , with art by mention3, builds on the legacy established in the films and hatches a brand new story that’s every bit as stomach cunningly gruesome and disturbing as we could have ever hoped for.

The Fly Outbreak #1 (Cover)

If, like me, you’re a big fan of The Fly horror films, then you’ll be pleased to know that Brandon Seifret does a fantastic job of continuing the storyline established in those movies with this comic book sequel. We see how Martin has become as obsessed with his unusual genesis as he has with his work to cure Anton’s grotesque mutation. Martin is prepared to go to some extreme measures because of his “buggy genes”. His relationship with his girlfriend, Beth, is also becoming cold and full of empty promises, and their “quiet night at home” results in a decidedly frosty anniversary spliced with pleasure and pain. However, the DNA transfer conduced in the lab has actually caused Anton to mutate into a new creature, and before long he escapes and begins wreaking havoc.

The eventual confrontation between Martin and the newly mutated Anton, is a wonderfully tense, and chilling scene. This moment of terror is heightened further by the way the Anton/Fly creature uses a smart phone to communicate with Martin. The issue culminates with the Anton creature trying to escape from the facility, whereby the authorities arrive, and everyone who has been exposed to the new hybrid is placed in quarantine.

The art by mention3 is absolutely stunning, the tone is dark, and brooding. There is a hauntingly unsettling clarity to virtually every scene, the experiment using the teleportation pods recalls similar moments from the films in vivid detail, and the scene where Anton’s new form is revealed is exquisitely gory and visceral. This first issue really sets the tone of the series, mention 3 has captured the essence of the films perfectly: the characters are rendered beautifully, the environments are lavishly detailed, and the Anton/Fly creature looks magnificent.

The Fly Outbreak #1 gets this new IDW mini-series of to a great start. With Brandon Seifert’s story and the incredible art by mention3, this superb continuation based on the 1989 sequel, The Fly II, delivers on every level, and fans of the films will no doubt enjoy every gory suspense shrouded moment of it.