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DAVID CRONENBERG'S THE FLY CONTINUES IN OUTBREAK 

 

 

Before he was running from dinosaurs on remote islands and in wedding photos, Jeff Goldblum became a human / fly hybrid in David Cronenberg's 1986 remake The Fly and creeped out a whole generation of people. Now, almost thirty years later, IDW Publishing is releasing a sequel in comic book form entitled The Fly: Outbreak due out in March 2015. The comic is written by Brandon Seifert and illustrated by menton3 so it's already a must-buy for me based on the creative team alone. Here's the synopsis from the publisher:

 

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. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well...

 

"To be totally honest, The Fly is one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen!" said Seifert. "It was really resonant for its time. And in the last 20 years or so, with all the advances in Genetically Modified Organisms, the film has taken on a lot of meaning it didn't originally have. It's really exciting to explore those elements in this miniseries — and great to have an amazing, super-distinctive artist like menton3 on the visuals!"

 

"Equal parts gory allegory and tragic love story, The Fly was perhaps David Cronenberg's crowning achievement," editor Denton J. Tipton said. "That's a lot to live up to, but I believe Brandon and Menton are equal to the task. The script is sharp and poignant, and the art is visceral and haunting. No one is safe!"

 

The Fly: Outbreak is the latest in a series of '80s movies that are continuing in the pages of comics. Others include Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and the recently announced Bill & Ted. I'm totally for this. Instead of a bloated big budget remake, we get a legit sequel in funny books.

 

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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