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Mike Huddleston is a comic book artist and penciller who has worked on Hellboy, Grendel, and The Strain. Guillermo del Toro is one of the most influential. Main article: The Strain (comic book) into an issue story arc for the eponymous comic-book series from Dark Horse Comics. From director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) and novelist Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves) come the comics inspired by their series.

David Lapham and Mike Huddleston both stay true to the source material while making this comic book their own. This debut issue bucks a common trend by elaborating far more on the characters than the set up of the tale. Where many drop the high concept in as the hook for the audience and have characters present to be explored later, "The Strain" wants us to know and care about our main players, and leaves us with a few wicked hints of where things are going. I applaud this effort because any horror story is only as good as the people the horror endangers. I already care about our scientific lead and the familial worries that no doubt await him. This is a smart way to draw the readers right into the heart of the tale. The framing story of an old Romanian being told a scary story in by his aged grandmother is unsettling, and does provide some possible set up to this tale, but ultimately feels a little disjointed.

Ephraim Goodweather and Nora Martinez, the disease detectives, were too late to stop the biological threat.

The Master, the leader of the vampires has now won, spreading eternal darkness all across the entire globe. After triggering a series of meltdowns, the sun was completely blocked by a nuclear cloud. Eph wants to continue fighting the good fight but his spirit cannot keep going after the loss of his missing son.

David Lapham delivers a somber and bleak narrative where our defeated heroes have split apart. Nora has had enough of Eph and can only see him as a wasted drunk. In the television series, he is played by Sean Astin. Eph's estranged wife and current opponent in a drawn-out custody battle over their only son, Kelly is a public school teacher and fiercely protective mother, pulling no punches in her attempt to paint her husband as the less suitable parent.

Eph constantly worries about the growing influence of her milquetoast live-in boyfriend, Matt , on their son Zack. But when the Master begins sending out his followers, Kelly ends up becoming infected and becoming a means for the Master to track down Goodweather and the resistance.

In the television series, she is played by Natalie Brown. Known as "the Born", Mr. The son of the Master who is now the Ancients' chief hunter and bodyguard.

He is efficient and loyal, recruiting Gus Elizalde to help him and his squad in their mission to kill his father. Mr Quinlan is disgusted by his father's actions, and is determined to stop him at all costs. In the television series, Mr. Quinlan was introduced in the fifth episode of Season 2 , and is played by Rupert Penry-Jones. The review praises the novel's "arresting start" and frequently alludes to Guillermo del Toro's career as a film director by comparing the novel to a Hollywood movie.

The implication may be that del Toro intends to direct the film version of the novel. The review closes by calling The Strain a "rattling piece of escapism" with a "predictable" blockbuster ending. And yet at the same time this opening salvo also looks to the past; doffing its cap to an illustrious ancestor. Zack Handlen, writing for The A.

Club , was less enthusiastic, concluding that. The chapters come in short bursts, mimicking the editing of a big-budget epic. It makes for a fast read, but the rapid-fire parade of characters means that few make an impact.

Del Toro fans will recognize certain familiar tropes — the quest for immortality, the vampiric physiognomy, and the ever-popular things in jars — but those motifs are muted on the page. The novel could have used a little less Hogan and little more del Toro. Writer David Lapham and artist Mike Huddleston [6] adapted the novel into an issue story arc for the eponymous comic-book series from Dark Horse Comics.

Executive producer and showrunner Carlton Cuse adapted the novel into the episode first season of the eponymous television series from FX , which ran from July 13, to September 17, The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 7 August From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Find sources: Main article: The Strain comic book. The Strain TV series. Times Literary Supplement. United Kingdom: The Times. Retrieved 5 August Very well done. It's quite different from the show and that keeps the story fresh and interesting. Jun 26, Miriam rated it liked it. Nov 02, Bernie Gourley rated it liked it. I sometimes wonder what Bram Stoker would think about the fact that his work spurred an entire industry of copy-cats.

Everybody thinks that they can make an interesting and novel contribution to this vampiric genre. In very few cases, see: In fact, some of the versions that stay true to the concept seem more entertaining than others th I sometimes wonder what Bram Stoker would think about the fact that his work spurred an entire industry of copy-cats.

In fact, some of the versions that stay true to the concept seem more entertaining than others that moved into new territory but are patently stupid. I think The Strain, Volume 1 makes for an interesting and entertaining modern-day vampire story, without being particularly brilliant or groundbreaking. The Strain, Volume 1 is the first installment of a graphic novel adaptation of the novel written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The inciting incident, apparently for the novel as well as the comic, occurs when a commercial jet liner lands in New York, coming to a stop and going out of contact with the tower.

It turns out that all but three of the individuals on the plane are dead. The graphic novel weaves together the story from two perspectives. First, the lead in the story is Dr. Second, the graphic novel begins with a vignette from the point of view of Abraham Setrakian who is a holocaust survivor and former Vampire hunter.

Setrakian knows what is going on from his experience in the old world. The latter anchors the work in the world as we know it, but the former adds an element of mystery and charm. These mixed atmospherics are where this work really excels. The two men end up teaming up to fight a threat that will spread with unchecked fury unless they do something about it. They have six foot tongues with stingers by which they take their blood meals, and the giant slobbery maws necessary to accommodate such an appendage.

Instead of having a new twist on the Vampire story, this work attempts to create value added in part by putting the horror back into Vampires in a big way also, through skillful atmospherics. That should go without saying, I know. This was an entertaining enough horror-genre take on the Vampire. Scientists may find it a bit ridiculous that their comic book counterparts go about their jobs sticking their hands in unknown substances found at the site of the mysterious deaths of almost people.

However, despite some credulity challenges, the book creates an interesting atmosphere for a vampire story. Aug 05, Mafalda Fernandes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Creepy and Gory covers. Volume 1 has the 1st to the 11th issue of this comic. I started reading it knowing that was about vampires and some sort of pandemic virus. I love the artwork. One issue I have with many comics and graphic novels is beautiful covers and not so pleasing artwork on the inside.

But Creepy and Gory covers. But this is one is spot on. The colours and the contrast really help setting the tone of creepiness of the story. The mixture of dark colours really help to deliver a brutal and violent story. Some scenes look like nightmare material! It all starts with an air-plane full of dead people.

Mysterious dead people. Nobody knows why they are dead. Upon this the main character is presented. Ephraim Goodweather what a name!

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He is the chief investigator of this operation, but he's life is quite a turmoil. Eph is an ex-alcoholic juggling between his job and family mainly his son. There are a few survivors from this mysterious situation whom are released and sent home.

There is this morgue scene where you discover that the death people have tiny and strange marks in their necks, almost invisible to the naked eye. All bodies are drain from blood and, oddly, despite they are death for hours, the bodies are still warm and without rigor mortis.

Jew from Romania, Holocaust survivor, owner of a little pawnshop is the only one who knows what is going on and have some hints how to stop this pandemic infection of vampires. I actually enjoyed a lot the parts about Abraham life, they are scattered through the different issues and give helpful hints about what's going on and how he knows so much about everything.

They come to life and they first urge is to find their love ones When they finish feeding on the blood they infect the people. In issue 6 you learn that are 7 original vampires called The Ancients. Three are in the old world Europe , Three in the new USA - where the action happens and the 7th is the one whom is Abraham arch-enemy.

Is also the only one whom doesn't hide from the humans. These vampires as usual don't get a long, that's why they are divided - I suppose. It's not very clear why these vampires don't get a long and white they have a truce. Or even why the fact that this 7th vampire - the master, come to USA will begin a war between vampires. It was only possible for this 7th vampire come to USA because there is an economic group called The Stoneheart Group led by Mr Eldritch Palmer that make a deal with the vampire.

Mr Eldritch thinks he can control the vampires. However his goals are not very clear. I will be for sure reading the rest of the comics and also keep an eye on the tv show.

I'm already looking for the original trilogy to add to my tbr list. I totally recommend these comics for anyone who likes scary vampires and horror stories. Can also be read in my blog Apr 28, Ea Solinas rated it really liked it. Nobody would expect Guillermo del Toro -- genius filmmaker of things dark, grotesque and fantastical -- to make drooping romanticized vampires. So we got the Strain trilogy, a gloriously grotesque, apocalyptic tale of vampires attacking the US.

And like a lot of bestselling books, "The Strain" is getting a comic book series -- while it's a little disjointed for a comic book series, the solid art and brilliantly horrifying vampires make it a riveting experience. Half gut-clenching horror, half pol Nobody would expect Guillermo del Toro -- genius filmmaker of things dark, grotesque and fantastical -- to make drooping romanticized vampires.

Half gut-clenching horror, half police procedural. When Flight lands at JFK, the entire plane goes dead -- and all but a few passengers are found pale, bloodless and peacefully dead. And a giant cabinet goes missing from the hold. While a special disease unit tries to figure out the cause of death, Dr. Eph Goodwater from the CDC starts investigating the mysterious disappearance of the cabinet. Then strange physical changes begin occurring not only on the four survivors, but on the undecayed corpses in the morgue -- white blood, tracheal growths, enhanced senses, and a growing thirst for blood.

While ordinary people begin transforming into stinger-tongued horrors, Eph and his assistant Nora find Abraham Setrakian, an elderly pawnbroker who has fought the vampires since World War II In some ways, "The Strain" initially seems like a 21st century version of "Dracula": But this book doesn't have a shred of Victorian romanticism or ornateness -- it's an intricate twist of New York City, scientific analysis, and grotesque horrors from darkened corners of the Old World.

And this comic-book adaptation is a pretty brilliant, faithful one. The storyline feels a bit fragmented because it keeps jumping between characters, some of which haven't yet fulfilled their purpose. But it sticks to del Toro's powerful writing one whole issue is devoted to Setrakian's recounting of vampires in Nazi concentration camps and pervasive sense of growing horror a woman sends a nasty neighbor in to "feed" her vampirized husband.

The art style takes some getting used to, since most of the body types are long and thin, blobby or blocky, and sometimes they look a little rough. But they make effective use of color, relying on black, white, greyish-blue and the occasional splash of blood-red -- and there are some astoundingly effective images, such as a bunch of half-autopsied vampires rising up to attack the coroner.

And yes, we end on a cliffhanger. Just hang on until "The Strain Volume 2. They're corpses possessed by a ghastly virus that reshapes the body into a dead-white, mindless thing with a stinger-tipped tentacle-tongue.

And while del Toro freaks us out enough with the biological changes, he also infuses the vampires with a genuine sense of evil.

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It's more than just a disease. There's a pretty wide-ranging cast of characters here -- billionaires, housekeepers, doctors, street thugs, lawyers, and even a shock-rock-star in the Marilyn Manson vein. Eph is a likable protagonist -- a kindly genius with family issues and a rocky custody battle.

Abraham serves as the Van Helsing of this story, and a powerful flashback chapter shows us how his battle started -- in a concentration camp. Jun 16, Jessica rated it it was amazing. Now that I've had time to calm down from my earlier excitement over this graphic novel, I think I'm finally ready to review it. Being totally honest, I'm a sucker for all things vampire related.

Wait, no. That's not entirely true. I don't do sparkly vampires. Everything else is fair game though, and I especially love when something new and different comes along. Which is why I was so excited over The Strain. I had no idea this was a book first, but based off the cover art alone I knew I wa Now that I've had time to calm down from my earlier excitement over this graphic novel, I think I'm finally ready to review it.

I had no idea this was a book first, but based off the cover art alone I knew I was going to want to devour this. I was right. I absolutely adored the art style in this one.

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It has these perfectly dark and gritty illustrations that do a great job of evoking the madness of this story line. Be warned, this graphic novel has it's fair share of blood and gore.

Then again, any good vampire story does so I was expecting it anyway. It's not overly gratuitous bloodshed, honestly. In fact, it helps draw the line between good and evil in the panels. I think some of those illustrations might haunt my nightmares for a bit though. It was the story itself that really caught my attention though. This is a much different vampire story than I'd been told before. Granted it does share some of the same origin stories, but the twist on this just deliciously, well If you're like me, and you haven't read the book yet, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at what you find between these pages.

If you'll permit me a small tangent, my husband isn't a big reader but he loves graphic novels. I know that one I'm reading is really good if he steals it from me. This one? He took it away after I'd only read 10 pages, and didn't give it back until he was done. It has the hubby seal of approval. So, yes, I loved this! It was just the type of story I was hoping to get lost in, with the type of illustrative work that I just can't get enough of.

I'm so thrilled that I had the opportunity to receive a review copy of this, and I can't wait to find out what happens next! That ending. Oh, that ending. I'll be here mourning my lack of the next installment if you need me. Review also appears on the Geeks In High School blog. I've been checking out a number of genres lately, but the one that seems to handle my cravings for horror are graphic novels.

Big, bold and bad to the bone, graphic novels are meaty, adult, and entertaining. The Strain by David Lapham was a fun yes, horror can be fun read that should appeal to people who enjoy vampire stories that don't include sparkling, or gorgeous but tortured protagonists. Only three survivors are removed from the plane; the rest are dead. Or are they? This is where you'll either love the story, or think the whole thing is cliche.

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