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Note: This article is about the comic issue. For the collection, see Out of the Past (TPB).

Out of the Past is the fourth issue of the Fray comic book series. Written by Joss Whedon and illustrated by Karl Moline, it was originally published on October 17, 2001, by Dark Horse Comics.


Fray fends off an attack from the creep that killed her brother. Barely escaping with her life, she becomes determined to find the monster and stop him… forever! But she's being hunted as well… by a pack of blood-crazed vampires, and by the police led by her own sister. Fray discovers exactly what kind of creature is after her and it's not pretty![1]


Melaka and her brother Harth come face to face with Icarus. She fights the lurk and orders Harth to flee. However, Harth is drawn to Icarus, who dangles Mel off the building and holds Harth in his grip. As he lets Mel fall, Icarus bites into Harth's neck, killing him.

In the present day, Mel is having trouble believing that Icarus is in front of her. He proceeds to fight her and is notably disappointed by her fighting abilities.

In the tavern, Loo's parents are annoyed at the continuing fight that began with Mel, and, as Loo searches for her friend, she spots Urkonn in the distance and run towards him. Outside, as Icarus prepares to kill Mel, Urkonn and Loo suddenly appears, and Urkonn throws Icarus into the river. Mel wants to kill him, but she faints in Urkonn's arms.

Later, Icarus is talking to his master, who claims that they need Mel, and his plans involving the totem and the amulet were nothing without her. Meanwhile, Urkonn is talking with Vrill and Boluz, who tell him to kill Mel if she's unprepared for war. Urkonn is reluctant, and states that he'll get her prepared.

Dreaming again, Mel relives the beginning of the strife between her and Erin as a result of Harth's murder. Waking up, she tells Urkonn her history with Icarus and that Harth was her twin brother. Showering and loading up her weapons, Mel tells Urkonn that she never knew Icarus' name, and she wanted to know how he knew hers. She travels to Gunther's place in an attempt to find Icarus, but he's uncooperative, even for his best grabber. Suddenly, Mel is hit by a laser blast, and Erin stands over her, announcing her arrest.

Before Erin and her partners could take Mel, lurks attacks them, and Melaka fights valiantly. She orders Erin to safety, and is knocked unconscious. Waking up, she once again finds Icarus over her, but this time in his leader's lair. Looking up at the leader, Mel is shocked to see her brother Harth.


  • Erin will reveal that Gunther has called the police to get Mel (The Worst of It).



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  • Out of the Past was the 113rd best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 20,644 sales in October 2001 at comic specialty stores.[2] It was also among the 300 best selling of October 2001[3] and January 2002.[4]


  • Although Melaka is suspicious of Icarus knowing her name, Harth uses her name in her presence during their first confront with the vampire.



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Melaka: "I've met you a thousand times. I've killed you a hundred ways — in a rage, cool as ice, giggling like a schoolgirl… Never like this. Like I'm frozen, cold frozen and trying not to pee myself. Jesu, Melaka, get up, get up, get up…"


  1. "Joss Whedon's Fray #4 (of 8)." Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved on March 6, 2018.
  2. "Top 300 Comics--October 2001." ICv2, October 3, 2001.
  3. "Top 300 Comics--October 2001." ICv2, October 3, 2001.
  4. "Top 300 Comics--January 2002." ICv2, January 2, 2002.