Advanced Comic Review: The Strain #1
This is the comic I’ve been waiting for.
I’ve been a fan of the insanity inhabiting Guillermo del Toro’s cranium ever since I saw The Devil’s Backbone a decade ago, and every idea that has cracked out of that cranium since has been solid gold. He has a style to his films that can only be described as beautifully grotesque.
The Strain #1 primarily focuses on a Boeing 777 at JFK International Airport that sits silently on the runway. Before long, fearing a terrorist attack, the Center for Disease Control calls in our hero, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, and his team of expert biologists. What does this potential terrorist attack have to do with an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem? Well, I guess you’ll have to wait and see.
Taking the reins of The Strain and translating it to comics, is Eisner Award-winning writer David Lapham, and judging by the first issue, he has captured the twisted mystery of del Toro’s imagination, firmly planted in the urban fantasy setting.
The art by Mike Huddleston has a Mignola feeling to it, which compliments the story of the Strain #1. His visual storytelling is well paced and the mystery and suspense linger in every panel.
I’m saying I liked this comic. It’s the kind of thing I expect from something with del Toro’s name on it.
The Huddleston cover issue goes for US$1. That’s right! You can check this comic out for one buck!
The Steve Morris Variant cover issue will have the price tag of US$3.50 but look at that art. Worth every cent, I reckon.
The Strain #1 hits shelves around the world on December 14th.