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Advanced Comic Review: The Strain #1

The Strain #1 (Mike Huddleston cover) - Image via

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.

So when I heard that The Strain, the first in a series of novels by del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan, was getting the monthly comic book treatment by Dark Horse? NERD-GASM!!!

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.

The Strain #1 (Steve Morris variant cover) - Image via

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.

There are 6 comments.

  1. sinistralsimian said on November 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    The book was really good. The second one isn’t quite as good. Hoping the third one wraps up nicely. I hope that they can turn this into a 12 issue mini-series. If its really a dollar here how can I not buy a copy of it. I hope this helps increase the audience for this wonderful fiction. No shiny vampires in this book.

  2. Big Tim said on November 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Well, he’s managed to re-invent the vampire four times, making them more terrifying each time. A whole bucket of win in my books.

  3. AverageJoe said on November 29, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I really liked the first book too, but haven’t gotten around to the second yet. This looks great, and hell no I can’t pass up a $1 comic book! I’ve told my son stories about the old days when all comic books were as cheap as candy bars, but I’m not totally sure he belives me.

  4. Big Tim said on November 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm


    I’m saving up for The Strain audiobook read by Ron Perlman.

  5. Jeannie said on November 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    No! Really? Read by Perlman? OK, thats awesome.

    This looks HELLA creepy! Ewww!!

  6. Ashley "nerdtastic" Cook said on December 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    That looks sweet. I love a good horror comic.

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