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Issue by Issue – The Human Fly #14

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Frank Robbins
Inker – Steve Leialoha
Colours – Don Warfield
Letters – Rick Parker

Not every story can be the best story and while it might not be the greatest thing ever put to paper, that does not mean it cannot be entertaining. Such is the case with the fourteenth issue of The Human Fly as written by Bill Mantlo and drawn by Frank Robbins. It is a good, solid effort by the creative team who have done some great work on the title but it is by no means a tale that will stand out among other, better stories. It all begins in New York City as the world’s first zeppelin race is about to take place. People from all around the world have shown up to take part in this one of a kind event and starting it all off is a stunt to be performed by The Fly as he walks a tightrope between two airships. It is extremely perilous and one of the more dangerous stunts to ever be performed by the man. If he should fall, there is nothing to catch him, no safety net to speak of and so he must concentrate as never before. Unbeknownst to him, there are a couple of runaway kids in one of the blimps and due to a lack of knowledge on their part, they turn on a radio which interferes with the signals needed to steer the unmanned remote blimp. Things go awry immediately as they start to move uncontrollably, heading through the city on a collision course with various buildings. Adding to that is the tightrope which has snapped and now carries a helpless Human Fly along with it. As it is, The Fly is never truly helpless thanks to the skills he has acquired and when all is said and done, the blimps have been taken care of, the children rescued and everyone on the ground now safe and sound. The artwork by Robbins is as good as ever and the events that take place become quite exciting because of it. Once again, The Human Fly pulls out a win, beating impossible odds that would have subdued any other man yet The Fly is not just a normal man. Harmony White makes an appearance, proclaiming her love for the man, to herself anyway, as do much of the supporting cast who make a good showing thanks to Mantlo and Robbins. Altogether, a good story packed with action and drama but nothing new when it comes to this book.

3.5 out of 5

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