Issue by Issue – The Human Fly #7

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Lee Elias
Inker – Mike Esposito
Colours – Mary Titus
Letters – Bruce Patterson

Bill Mantlo opens up this issue with some narration from one of the characters who will be appearing within, a man who fixes snowmobiles and rents them out during the winter and keeps a regular job during the other seasons. In addition to that revelation, readers also learn that he is a single dad whose son is blind which is a hard task but it is one he would not trade for the world as he loves him more than life itself. That takes readers to The Human Fly who just so happens to be in the small town where this man resides so that he might perform a stunt coincidentally upon a snowmobile which he plans to jump over a gorge. Also present is Harmony White who apologizes to the Fly for her negative coverage and while she tries to tell him the rest of the truth which likely involves the fact that she has to continue doing so or risk losing her job, she never manages to get it out in time as he leaves for the stunt. Lee Elias who returns as penciller for this issue takes readers back to the action as the Fly is off, racing as fast as he can across the slopes in order that he picks up enough speed to make the jump, though he does have a couple of booster rockets attached to his custom sled as normal gravity would never give him enough momentum to fully complete the task. That being said, it is for charity and the fact that he does indeed accomplish the feat is no small thing. While all of this was going on, the man and his son were taking a ride of their own over the trails, the father trying to distract the son from the antics of the Fly, the boy not being able to see it anyways and the father not wanting to disappoint him. Mantlo then introduces the villain of the book and it is not a four-coloured bad guy or mobster of any sort, but a bear hungry for food and he thinks he has found it in the son and his father who have just tipped their snowmobile. Thankfully as The Human Fly was flying through the air, he noticed them below and goes to their aid the second he hits the finish line. Like the last couple of issues, Mantlo and company have provided more of a real-world story within the pages of the book to make for a very thrilling story, one that was quickly paced and full of action. Great stuff from start to finish.

4 out of 5

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