Writer: Raven Gregory
Artist: Eric J
Release Date: 12/2011-06/2012
It’s one thing to put your heart and soul into a comic. As a writer, when you interpret hardships of your own life — it becomes a whole ‘other beast. Fly is a new drug that allows you to fly. A boy and a girl fall in love as teenagers and later in life, she is haunting him and trying to kill him for more fixes of the drug. The comic is very linear focusing on only a few characters, but that’s okay. The story is gripping and the flashbacks and forwards are well-balanced so it all comes together very nicely in the final issue.
I was surprised the story could build like it could in just 5 short issues. The story starts at the very beginning as the two characters are kids and at the very end as adults. Each side works its way forward and backward until it meets in the middle of the final issue. The story is full of death, heroism, deceit, and heartbreak. You really get attached to these characters early on because they are very human and relatable. I felt I could personally connect with these characters and it hit home a bit for me, and I’m sure for many other readers. A lot of comics can’t do that because they tell stories about the awesome and powerful that no human being can relate to. The story is really about drug addiction, but they add a sci-fi twist to the drug making you fly. The actual story is about the writer and his wife’s meth addiction from when they were younger, the story is just gripping and very emotional. It just hits a note that a lot of comics can’t hit. Fly can do it on 5 issues when some can’t do it in volumes.
The art is fantastic. The colors are bright and vibrant without any messy penciling. The writing is superb and will keep you hooked from the very first page, the story doesn’t mess around, it gets straight to business. The covers are a bit misleading though because they show a very sexy female (the female antagonist) except she never looks like that in the comic, kind of weird. I also would have liked to see this story fleshed out more rather than crammed into 5 issues. What’s here is fantastic and any sci-fi fan or someone who wants to get away from the superhero stuff should take a look.