The Fly: Outbreak TPB Review


Title: The Fly: Outbreak

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Writer: Brandon Seifert; Denton J. Tipton on “The Book of Revelation”

Artist: Menton3; David Stoupahis on “The Book of Revelation”

Letterer: Tom B. Long

Cover Artist: Menton3

Review: ★★★☆☆

Both the original movie for the Fly and the 1986 remake were both good. As a matter of fact, the remake starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis was very good. Goldblum played Seth Brundle, a scientist who inventing a teleportation device and ended up reforming his DNA. In the sequel which had budget and casting issues, Martin Brundle, the son of Seth Brundle and Veronica Quaife, tries to find a way to reverse what his father did. Due to the casting and budget issues, the sequel was no where as good as the first movie. Before anyone reads this trade, it is recommended that the reader watches both of these movies. While you might be able to make it to the end, the previous movies add the background for much of what the plot is based on.

Outbreak returns us to the Bartok complex with Martin Brundle worrying that he might still be able to change into his human/fly form as seen in The Fly II. He has learned that he has retained some of the fly DNA. While his test subject/former boss Anton Bartok remains in his fly form, Brundle is also trying to find a cure for him. So far the only thing that has worked is transferring the fruit fly DNA into another human host. Bartok flees his cage and during the fight, much of his blood lands on many of the workers in the Bartok complex including Martin.

Initially, Martin doesn’t find anything wrong with the workers who were tainted with the blood but decides it is a good idea to quarantine everyone. Slowly, the workers began to display he symptoms Seth Brundle experienced before turning into that human/fly hybrid. As the subjects begin to slowly change, Seth races to find a cure.

Both Brandon Seifert and Denton J. Tipton keep the overall theme of the story. This works well but unfortunately will force the reader to check out the original movies to keep up. Brundle realizes that he is not a scientist and doubts himself throughout the story. Due to his doubts, Brundle even questions his humanity. He completely blames himself for the outbreak and fails to see himself as a victim of circumstance. He does this despite having a strong emotional support group even in his isolation.

While Menton3’s artwork is superb, it needs work. The characters seem very real during the dialogue but when it comes to action, the artwork is not seamless. In one panel there is dialogue, then in the next, there is an attack followed by another panel of dialogue. I had to reread a few pages to figure out what happened in those instances. I couldn’t tell if the characters were floating or fighting. The artwork does stand out and as Menton3 does more work, I am sure the evolution will be exponential.

Again IDW does a great job of putting out work from older movies and TV shows. I will admit, movies like The Fly which were great, can easily be forgotten with all the stuff Hollywood puts out each year. I am glad to see IDW pick up The Fly. While I did not hear if there were anymore stories in the works, let’s hope IDW continues it.

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