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The Fly: The Book of Transgenesis

The Fly

"The Book of Transgenesis"

The Fly: Outbreak #1 (IDW)

Comic book

Written by Brandon Seifert

Art by menton3

Lettered by Tom B. Long

Cover A by menton3

March 2015


Years after Martin Brundle reverses his condition, he unsuccessfully tries to cure the deformed Bartok.


Read the summary of the mini-series at RottenInk


Notes from the Fly chronology


This mini-series opens a few years after the events of The Fly II.


Didja Know?


The Fly: Outbreak is a 5-issue mini-series published by IDW in 2015.


In the title of this issue, "The Book of Transgenesis", "transgenesis" is the delivery of foreign genes to a host cell. Seth Brundle went through a form of transgenesis in The Fly when the genes of a housefly were mingled with his during his teleportation experiment.


The artist of this series, using pen name menton3, is Menton J. Matthews III. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue



Dr. Martin Brundle

Anton Bartok (dies in this issue)

Beth Brundle (nee Logan)

Jefferson (dies in this issue)


Didja Notice?


Page 1 reveals that Martin has already had a vasectomy at his young age. He says it's to prevent an unwanted child because of buggy genes. His use of the phrase "buggy genes" is a bit of a wisecrack as it refers to his genes which suddenly caused him to gradually transform in The Fly II and that those genes are insect-related, therefore, "buggy".


On page 1, Martin's personal assistant Noelani is said to be speaking in something of a Jiminy Cricket voice while teasing Martin. Jiminy Cricket is the animated character who serves as a makeshift conscience for wooden puppet Pinocchio in the 1940 Disney animated film Pinocchio.


On page 2, Martin's latest attempt to turn Anton Bartok back to human form via the telepods fails. He remarks that he's been trying to downregulate the homologous fruit-fly genes. Downregulation is a loss of cellular material in response to external stimulus.


Martin and Beth appear to be married now.


Page 3 implies that Martin and Beth live on a small houseboat. The boat has an identification number on the side, M3: 934423; the M3 probably stands for menton3, the name used by the artist of this mini-series.


On page 4, we see that Martin and Beth have a dog in their home of the same breed as Timex, young Martin's dog in The Fly II(possibly a Golden Retriever).


On page 4, Martin is worried that he could currently still be an asymptomatic carrier of the "fly gene", with Beth comparing it to Typhoid Mary. Mary Mallon (1869-1938), popularly known historically as Typhoid Mary, was an Irish-American cook who was the first identified asymptomatic carrier of the disease typhoid fever in the U.S. She was also mentioned by Seth Brundle in The Fly.


On page 6, we see that Bartok's holding pit has a photo of the man hanging in it, presumably to remind him of what he should really look like.


On page 10, one of the security guards is in the middle of a conversation with another guard and he is saying, "goddamn tired of his stupid Napoleon Compl--" before he is cut off by the appearance of Bartokfly. Napoleon complex is a psychological complex thought to exist is some individuals that makes them overcompensate for the perceived lack of some aspect of their lives, such as having short physical stature compared to average. "Napoleon" refers to Napoleon Bonaparte who became the high general, First Consul, and Emperor of France from 1799-1814 after a military coup; he was generally considered to be of short stature.

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