IDW Publishing 2015
Written by Brandon Seifert & Denton J. Tipton
Illustrated by Menton3 & David Stoupakis
Years ago, scientist Seth Brundle had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. His almost-human son, Martin, has continued the search for a cure, but those efforts have led to several dozen lab workers being exposed to the diseased blood of a hybrid. After weeks of quarantine in an abandoned hospital, each person has transformed into a hybrid seeking to escape and loose vengeance on the world…
What’s the saying “saving the best for last” has never been more appropriate than it is right here. Right off the bat we see Martin after his transformation which freed Noelani from the mutation and I’ve got to say holy cheese balls it’s frightening to look upon his visage! I mean wow and he’s somehow able to maintain at least some of that intelligence of his making him this incredibly frightening creature torn between primal urges and his desire to do right.
Heading back to Major Durvin and Mayweather when we see Mayweather succumb to the virus and come bursting out of his hazmat suit in the new sleeker alien fly form. Honestly while Martin’s new form is terrifying at it’s core these alien style fly versions feel they are something out of a movie that’s meant to chill your soul. Those eyes and that mouth not to mention the hands and their increased strength really gives the reader a new sense of what’s to come with these creatures.
So as the story continues you have to wonder how this is going to end? I mean Neolani and Beth are arguing killing versus saving Martin and to be honest I think some part of that fly is still within her embedded now into her DNA because this is the same cowering woman we saw at the beginning begging for her life. So does Martin get saved, will he figure out how to reverse the process once and for all creating a cure for the infected or does that even matter after the events of this issue?
They boys took this issue and kind of twisted, flipped and expanded everything we’ve seen in such ways that you really do have to experience. It’s so intelligently written with great pacing and the use of these characters in these situations really grabs the attention and makes you think. It really is a wonderfully told modern day horror thriller rooted in science and technology that seems to be here now and not some fantastic idea that’s unattainable as it once was.
The interior artwork should be commended as well it has this ethereal quality to making hauntingly beautiful and deadly.
That there’s always the possibility for this tale to continue means we’ve something to look forward to as a good story never truly dies it evolves and grows into something more.