Fly: The Fall #1 Review

The follow up series to the 2011 critically acclaimed hit is here, but is it any good?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Zenescope:

The series that everyone is talking about returns and a BRAND NEW STORY ARC BEGINS!!! After the life shattering events of the last volume of FLY, Eddie is now a broken man set on a path of self-destruction he may not escape. Meanwhile Francis sets his end game plan in motion and the Hero is about to get a deadly taste of his own vengeful medicine. The critically acclaimed series continues! Set in a world where the super heroes aren’t really heroes at all…How far would you go to Fly?  From the creative team of the hit series Alice in Wonderland and featuring three incredible covers by the legendary David Mack (Kabuki), Ale Garza (Deadpool) and Darick Robertson (The Boys).

There’s enough narrative meat in this first release to satisfy any fan looking for a continuation to the original Fly.  The concept in general is amazingly addictive as each character deals with their own issues with both substance abuse and abandonment.

Raven Gregory delivers a solid first script that promises a mini-series full of twists and turns.  The idea of facing the aftermath of the previous run simply envelopes the tale with emotions that easily bleed into some very solid pacing.  Each character sets out on their own unique paths as tensions rise between ex-friends and bitter enemies leading to some painful but poignant moments.  At the end of the day the story comes off feeling more like an epilogue, but an intelligent one at that.

Robert Gill does a fine job on the art, delivering softly detailed panels that keep pace with the somewhat complicated script.  His pencil strokes yield just enough sense of self to establish a visceral style that maintains a solid footing.  Though the individual designs fail to truly wow the audience they’re more than functional.

Fly: The Fall #1 is a rather engaging release that simply follows in the footsteps of the stellar original series.  Recommended.


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