Issue by Issue – The Human Fly #2

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Carmine Infantino
Inker – Dan Green
Colours – Irv Watanabe
Letters – Irv Watanabe

Being a stuntman, The Human Fly does what he does best and that is to perform a feat that no sane man would try and unsurprisingly, he succeeds. It was spectacular to see for those who were able to see it, but even so, it is not the abilities of The Human Fly that impresses reporter Harmony White, nor that which brings her to the show, but the man’s real identity which she means to discover. There is a moment where she thinks she has done so, but a little further investigation is called for and the big race that he is participating in next may just help her accomplish the task. Bill Mantlo and Carmine Infantino begin the story off well enough, but it definitely picks up far more during the last two-thirds of the book as the race sees not only The Human Fly take part, but also Johnny Blaze, otherwise known as the Ghost Rider. The race begins and soon enough it is evident that not everybody is going to make it to the finish line as there seem to be various traps set along the way to put them out of commission. One of them even threatens to take out Blaze as he is racing along, but thanks to his alter-ego, it fails to catch as does something similar against the Fly and as they are the last two currently in the race, they team-up in order to make it through. Infantino does an incredible job at bringing the theatrics to life, the driving that must be done by Ghost Rider and The Human Fly in order to not only win the race but survive, the two very daring and very exciting to see. Mantlo writes the usual good script he is known for and weaves in White’s search for the Fly’s identity to make it even more compelling which also sets the stage for discovering why the race was so dangerous and the culprit involved. Most of the supporting characters that were introduced in the previous issue take a backseat to the Fly and Ghost Rider, but Alex Marks who White thought was The Human Fly’s secret identity, also manages to grab a bit of screentime for himself and manages to stop the bad guy in the process as well. Altogether, this was a very fun issue that featured a great team-up between the heroes, though going forward it would be nice to see the book become less reliant upon its guest stars.

4 out of 5

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