David Cronenberg’s The Fly Returns at IDW

IDW is asking fans of David Cronenberg’s 1986 masterpiece The Fly to once again be afraid. Be very afraid. In March, the publisher will release the first issue of “The Fly: Outbreak,” a new five-issue miniseries that continues the world of the original film. Written by Brandon Seifert (“Hellraiser,” “Witch Doctor”), the series will feature with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (“Silent Hill,” “Monocyte”).

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well…

“To be totally honest, ‘The Fly’ is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen!” said Seifert. “It was really resonant for its time. And in the last 20 years or so, with all the advances in Genetically Modified Organisms, the film has taken on a lot of meaning it didn’t originally have. It’s really exciting to explore those elements in this miniseries — and great to have an amazing, super-distinctive artist like menton3 on the visuals!”

“Equal parts gory allegory and tragic love story, The Fly was perhaps David Cronenberg’s crowning achievement,” editor Denton J. Tipton said. “That’s a lot to live up to, but I believe Brandon and Menton are equal to the task. The script is sharp and poignant, and the art is visceral and haunting. No one is safe!”

It remains to be seen whether or not “The Fly: Outbreak” will include the continuity of the 1989 big screen sequel, The Fly II.

Hitting in March, issue one of “The Fly: Outbreak” boasts variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.

Click on the cover below for a larger version: