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The Fly: The Book of Revelation

The Fly

"The Book of Revelation"

The Fly: Outbreak #5 (IDW)

Comic book

Written by Brandon Seifert & Denton J. Tipton

Art by menton3 & David Stoupakis

Lettered by Shawn Lee

Cover A by menton3

July 2015

 

Return of Martinfly.

 

Read the summary of the mini-series at RottenInk

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Dr. Martin Brundle

Noelani Tanaka

Beth Brundle (dies in this issue)

Dr. Mayweather (dies in this issue)

Major Vurvin (dies in this issue)

Thompson

Kemal (dies in this issue)

 

Didja Notice?

 

After absorbing Noelani's transgenes into his own body through telepod transport at the end of "All Hell Breaks Loose", Martin emerges looking similar to the Martinfly form he had during the final act of The Fly II, but this time with wings.

 

In this issue, it seems that many of the more humanoid-looking Frankenflies that have emerged at the quarantine facility have molted into another, more fly-like form while Martin, Beth, and Noelani were busy in the telepod lab.

 

To make Martin human again, Beth uses the telepods to absorb his transgenes, emerging herself like a fly-version of the Bride of Frankenstein! Bride of the Fly, I guess!
Bride of the Fly Bride of Frankenstein
Bride of the Fly Bride of Frankenstein

 

When Noelani shoots the Bride of the Fly, she says it's about stopping the flypocalypse. The Book of Revelation in the Christian Bible foretells the coming of an apocalypse, which it describes as the complete and final destruction of the world.

 

At the end of this issue we finally learn that Noelani's last name is Tanaka.

 

On the last page of the story, in panel 4, the words on the card access reader are backward.

 

Unanswered Questions

 

The end of Outbreak is pretty ambiguous. Did Martin die?

 

Who is it that is speaking the narrative in the final three panels? We are seeing Noelani in these panels still, but is it her speaking? It doesn't seem like she wants to be turned into something else as the narrative says: "It wants to...turn me into something else. That's not too terrible, is it? Most people would give anything to be turned into something else." In the final two panels, Noelani opens a special door at Bartok Industries with her key card and seems to reveal one of the humanoid Frankenflies. Who is it? Is it the one who is speaking the narrative? Is it Martin?


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