The thirteenth issue of The Human Fly gets back to basics as the story Bill Mantlo and Frank Robbins present is the man doing what he does best – a death-defying stunt. This time it involves scaling a mountain, Mount Whitney to be exact which is also the tallest mountain in the United States and skiing down it. It is a perilous stunt but it is something that the Fly feels he has to do as the payday for it is quite large and the money will go directly to medical research in order to help as many people as possible. Harmony White who has joined the Fly’s team has had a bad premonition about what will happen and yet, be that as it may, it will not dissuade The Human Fly from doing what he must. It is an exciting tale that Mantlo and Robbins craft, one filled with peril where the Fly could die at any time and yet because it is the Fly, he has a better chance than most to complete the stunt. A problem does arise though and it comes in the form of Harmony’s old boss Carl Braden who has become almost unhinged at trying to prove that The Human Fly is a fake and he will do anything he can to do as such. This all leads to what readers could see coming a mile away as Braden follows the Fly down the mountain, getting closer and closer with each passing second. The Fly knows it is only a matter of time before an accident is about to happen and when it does, there is little he can do as he is unaware of the form it will take. Soon what he feared takes place and it finds Braden in mortal jeopardy which leads the Fly to do something even more dangerous than the original stunt. When it is all said and done though, everyone ends up safe and sound, though injuries are sustained and Braden, who was single-minded in his quest, now finds it no longer the case and all is well that ends well. Robbins and Mantlo did a great job at making this the best book they possibly could and it showed on every page, captivating the reader from start to finish.
4 out of 5