The Fly was a groundbreaking body horror film by David Cronenberg, starring Jeff Goldblum. It was a remake of a 1950s creature feature. The Fly: Outbreak takes place following the events of The Fly II. If you remember, (not that you would be blamed for not remembering, as it was 1989) the story ended with Martin Brundle being returned from a fly-monster to a human and Anton Bartok, the unscrupulous owner of Bartok Industries becoming said monster. This graphic novel is a collection of the original five part comic series from IDW.
The Fly: Outbreak begins with Martin trying to find a cure for Bartok’s condition using the iconic teleportation pods, only things take a turn when Bartok escapes. Before being killed by security, Bartok has a run in with a number of employees who are then forced into quarantine for fear of infection from the contact. We follow the developments in quarantine, as they lead to the titular outbreak. The scenes in quarantine are superb. There’s a real emotion to the story with Martin struggling with the burden of responsibility for the fly illness.
The artwork is striking, beautifully drawn, and moody with superb detail. Dark and light are used together to great aplomb in the comic panels. Martin Brundle is drawn as the actor Eric Stoltz from The Fly II. It’s a nice touch, again bringing continuity from the film. In another celebrity cameo, that I’m not sure is officially acknowledged, Martin’s assistant Noelani is the spitting image of Lucy Liu. Also, is that Zachary Quinto in the final panels?
This is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in a long time. It’s a truly touching and horrific story at the same time. It feels like a natural extension to The Fly universe and not forced at all. I highly recommend this graphic novel.
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Book Cover Blurb:
Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human-fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes.