I must admit, I am so accustomed to Marvel and DC’s style of storytelling that I sometimes forget that there are other publishers! Among those other publishers are Dark Horse, IDW, and (of course) Zenescope Entertainment, to name a few. And with these different publishers often come different approaches. In this medium, I feel there is nothing more important than the story when it comes to keeping your readers coming back month after month, and nobody does it better than Zenescope!
Having said that, I must also confess that this is my first Zenescope book. As many times as I’ve seen their titles at my LCS, walked past one of their
impressively well-stocked booths at conventions, I was never into Grimm Fairy Tales, which is perhaps their best-known series. In addition to this, Zenescope’s rise occurred around the same time I returned to collecting, so I felt more comfortable playing it safe and sticking to my favorites. However, I have since started writing for Comic Booked, and as a result I have been more inclined to try books that I would normally dismiss. It was around this time that Zenescope did something different and released Fly #1.
When this book came out, I glanced through and ultimately decided to pick up the eventual trade paperback. While I’ve never been one to wait for the trade, it’s something I’ve recently started doing in the interest of saving space. Not long after, a digital review copy of the second issue found its way to my inbox. Suddenly, I began to feel guilty for not picking up the first one. After reading Fly #2, I began to reevaluate my decision to wait for the trade. Though I still haven’t decided whether or not I’ll be picking up the individual issues, one thing I do know for sure is that the second issue was a genuine treat to read.
The book opens by showing you Eddie’s first time flying. I love how Raven Gregory expresses the joy the characters feel while flying. Too many superhero books take the power of flight for granted. This book, however, shows the sheer childlike glee that comes with the experience of flying.
But in addition to Eddie’s first flight and his growing crush on Danielle, we see a malevolent man in flight also has other abilities, and the fact that I skipped the first issue really makes me want to pick it up to find out who this guy really is. This reminds me of the storytelling style favored by Marvel in the Eighties, in which a seemingly minor interlude pays of in a major way in later issues.
By the end of the issue, I was very much interested in both Eddie and the boy with the glasses. I also wondered who the girl on the first page was, wanted to know who the malevolent mystery man was, and developed such a strong hatred of Danielle’s father that I found myself hoping to see him dead in the next issue.
I did have the opportunity to meet Raven at a panel once, and even talked with him briefly. At the time, he gave me a piece of advice: “Keep writing.” So I have the following message for Raven: bravo, great job, and most of all, keep writing.
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