I received a copy of this book for review on HorrorTalk. While it doesn’t really fit into the stuff we cover on HT, I liked the book a great deal and wanted to write a quick review for it anyway, so here goes.

I think it’s safe to say that we’re never going to totally win the War on Drugs. It’s just not going to happen. What we can do is educate people so they know what they’re getting into and hopefully they make the right decision. Zenescope Entertainment sets out to enlighten and entertain with their latest ongoing series, Fly. Based on personal experiences with meth addiction, author Raven Gregory takes a look at a world with a drug that could give you super powers and the dangers it could cause.

The first issue of Fly really sets the groundwork for everything. It starts up with this guy Eddie having a really bad day. His car is on top of a lamp post and his super powered ex-wife Danielle is looking for something. She thinks Eddie’s got it and she begins beating him senseless in an effort to get it out of him. That’s now. Then there’s then.

We get a Lost-style flashback to Eddie and Danielle meeting in high school. Eddie seems like a great guy and later saves geeky Francis from some bullies. Francis decides to reward Eddie by showing him something in his dad’s safe: a drug called Fly that gives Francis the ability to…well…fly.

This is great framework and left me wanting some more. Eric J handles the art duties for the present-day stuff which looks great. It has this feel of darkness surrounding each panel. You can just tell that Eddie is in for a rough road ahead. The flashbacks are clearly done by another artist though as the style is completely different. It looks almost cartoony in the way it’s handled. I like that they have different styles for the flashbacks and the present day storyline though. The past is filled with bright colors and hope while the present is the complete opposite.

As I mentioned, this is a great setup for a new comic. I’m looking forward to more from Fly. There have been comics that are a little similar to it. The one that comes to mind first is Mark Millar’s never finished War Heroes, but this has an interesting take on it. Zenescope just announced that the first printing was sold out, so look around for a copy at your local shop. It’s worth checking out.

Story Rating: ★★★★☆
Art Rating: ★★★½☆
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆