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The Fly (1991 Series) #3

June 29, 2008

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Metal Heads

The new Fly finds himself tested.

Writer: Len Strazewski
Pencils: Mike Parobeck
Inks: Paul Fricke
Colors: Rick Taylor
Letters: Bob Pinaha
Editor: Brian Augustyn
Cover Art: Mike Parobeck
Publisher: DC/Impact Comics

In 1991, DC Comics licensed the Archie Comics superheroes for a line of titles they called Impact Comics. These new versions of the classic characters were intended to create a line that skewed slightly younger than the mainstream DC Universe, while still providing a solid superhero experience. Creatively, the books worked very well – there were a lot of goodwriters and artists on these comics, and the characters were reimagined in a very strong way. Unfortunately, a change in editors put the books in the hands of someone who wasn’t really behind the idea, and the line died in a few years.

While it was on the shelves, though, it was a lot of fun. This version of The Fly featured a young man named Jason Troy who was given a mystic amulet consisting of a fly encased in amber. The amulet gave him the power to transform into a super-hero. Jason’s first excursion as the Fly leaves him dehydrated and in the hands of a friendly stranger. His recovery is cut short, however, when the city’s Oktoberfest parade is targeted by wing-wearing kidnappers.

Jason was a great character that really worked here – we had a young, innocent kid thrust into the world of superheroing. He had a real Shazam kinda thing going on, and it worked well. This issue we see the Web – reimagined for Impact as a sort of police organization for superhumans (anyone ever heard of that before?) – testing him out, trying to determine if he’s got what it takes. Personally, I think he did.

This issue also featured art by the late, great Mike Parobeck. Like Mike Wieringo and Michael Turner, here’s a talent that left us far too soon. Parobeck’s style was animated, vibrant, and highly energetic. This is one of those early examples, and it was a great one.

I do miss the Impact Universe, and I miss the Archie heroes. I guess it’ll only be a matter of time before they get brought back in another form, but Impact, sadly, is probably gone for good. [2011 Note: I was right, the characters returned from DC in 2009. Aaaaand now they appear to be gone again.]

Rating: 7/10

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