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Issue by Issue – The Human Fly #3

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Lee Elias
Inker – Don Perlin
Colours – Don Warfield
Letters – Irv Watanabe

The book opens up with The Human Fly upon a cliff face, trying to scale what seems like an impossibility but that is exactly what the man does on a regular basis and so what may be impossible to some is just another day for the stuntman. Bill Mantlo and Lee Elias continue to show just how dangerous the task is, especially when a giant mechanical bird swoops down to attack, something the Fly never considered when he took this upon himself and yet deal with it he must if he is to survive, much less succeed in what he must do. Somehow, someway, the bird is defeated and The Human Fly evades death, something that would have been all but certain was he anyone else and that is when the creative team decides to head back to the recent past, to the moment that would instigate this daring feat. Once again, like the two previous books in the series, The Human Fly is performing a stunt for charity, something no man would ever dare try, but he does and though he has practiced it numerous times before, this particular time when it really matters involves a couple of sharks. Of course, he manages to escape after which reporter Harmony White calls him a fraud but be that as it may, David Drier, the richest man in the state, wants his help as his daughter has been kidnapped by his rival Marion Martinet. The Fly could name his price for accepting the job and while he pauses, he eventually accepts as the money will go to charity and gains a promise from the man that he will call the police should the rescue attempt fail. So it is that that the man makes it up the cliff and into the stronghold where the girl is being kept, but things do not exactly turn out the way that he thought they would and as such, the story being too big for one single issue, is continued in the next book. Mantlo writes a good yarn, packing the books with thrills and spills aplenty, his partner Alias doing a great job and delineating it all upon the page for avid readers. Good to see was the lack of a guest star as the leading character of this book should be able to carry the title by himself and that was indeed proven here. Altogether, this was a fun issue that sees The Human Fly continue to blur the lines between stuntman and hero.

3.5 out of 5

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