Good Golly Miss Molly, it's time for another horror comic for this Just For The Hell of It Monday and at this point I don't know if this title excites me the way it once did. It's like I've been dating it for a couple of years now, but every time I'm forced to do it, I'm thinking about other comics. Oh well, that's life I guess. Either I'll just move on and find another horror comic to look at or I'll just give in and marry the damn thing............. You know what? I'm not sure what we're talking about anymore so let's just get into this Monday with The Fly: Outbreak #3.
Written By: Brandon Seifert
Art By: menton3
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 27, 2015
Sane Enough To Still Care
say that I'm really digging this comic sequel. It has it's moments, but overall the idea of people transforming into a fly due to them being in contact with the blood of a teleportation gone wrong is just driving me nuts. If it's that easy to catch then we should have already had a Fly monster out there after Seth Brundle repeatedly had sex with that bar whore in the first movie. Condoms Shmondoms, you know he went raw. Anyway, in the last issue we had the people in quarantine begin showing symptoms of their transformation when they got all sexed up and super strong and Martin was forced to put everything else on hold so that he might find a cure for them and save the day. Everything else in this instance is his wife Beth and as the issue ended, it didn't look like Beth was willing to simply stop talking to her husband. Let's jump into this issue and see if The Fly: Outbreak gets anymore interesting or if it uses sex as a means to try and distract us from realizing that there isn't much of a story........ like it did last issue. Let's find out.
Our issue begins with Martin having serious doubts about finding a cure and all of his doubts are made real when he witnesses the beginning of a patient's transformation. Now as much as I've been putting this series down, I do have to say that the ideas put into this issue are really interesting and actually adds to the entire Fly series. After everyone got sexed up and crazy in the previous issue, Martin began administering lithium to everyone to counteract their mania. Now that people are beginning to transform though, he thinks that he should take them off the meds because as we saw in the original Fly film and even when Martin began changing in The Fly 2, they were okay with their transformation and body parts falling off due to the mental symptoms that corresponded with the fly DNA taking over. Without the mental capacity that accompanies the transformation, due to the meds, these poor people are actually acting like people that are loosing parts of themselves and because of this, they're terrified and even suicidal. I love this idea and it makes so much sense that I'm surprised that it wasn't used in the movies. So with this knowledge, Martin wants to take the patients off their meds to give them the euphoria that comes with the normal transformation....... too bad that the guards aren't about to let that happen.
As the story progresses, the patients all begin transforming and because they are mentally aware of what's happening to them, they're living in hell. Martin can't bare to be around them...... you know, with their accusing monster eyes and all, but he does happen to come up with a solution.....It's a pretty solid plan too. You see, in order to cure yourself of this affliction, all you need is healthy human DNA to teleport with you in the telepods because it replaces the fly DNA and Martin's plan involves teleporing the patients with donor organs. Only problems is, there's a big waiting list for healthy organs and the men in charge of the Bartok quarantine don't see it as a viable option. So they kibosh the plan, call Martin a few names and eventually all the patients turn into fly monsters, springing from their cocoons and attacking everyone in the facility.
In the end, Beth Logan shows up like Arnold Schwarzenegger from Commando and rescues Martin as the shit hits the fan and our issue closes with Martin realizing that the outbreak has begun because the flies have escaped the compound.
That's it for this issue of The Fly: Outbreak and I really liked the concepts brought up here that were never really explored in the movies about what a person goes through during the transformation and what they go through here without the mania helping the transformation along. So at least we've replaced sex with an actual interesting development, but because we're dealing with Martin simply being a sad sack throughout most of the issue, it tends to get a little boring at times and when we finally have the climax of the story when everyone bugs out, we're left with the fly design of Bartok from the first issue........ and I really don't like it. The art like every other issue to this series is amazing since it's so good in representing the characters as the actors that portrayed them in the movies. This is a step up from the previous issues and hopefully with the outbreak to the story finally taking place, it will step up the action as well in the issues that follow.
Bits and Pieces:
While somethings in this series might come off wrong from what we've known to be true in the movies, this issue takes great care in exploring the mental state of a person during their transformation in a way that I never thought of and it really added a bit of legitimacy to the story that hasn't been felt since the beginning of the first issue. The art like the rest of the series is fantastic and while I might not be a huge fan of this series overall, this was definitely a step in the right direction.