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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: The Strain
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; 1ST edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616550325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616550325
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David Lapham adapts the popular horror book series with his signature style of grit, terror, and tension."--IGN.com



"Huddleston brings every single character to life in a way that aids the text to make you care. Dan Jackson's colors superbly bring each locale a specific feel."--Comic Book Resource

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The art is very well done.
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A really good story that needs to better flesh out the characters and give them some depth.
Morrigan Alexandros
Adapted from a the trio of novels by the same name, this comic book series is fantastic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Rivera on July 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
Death, horror, and vampires all wrapped up in a graphic novel! This is the first TWO original volumes combined into one book! This was something I could not pass up. Although, I must confess, when I first got this, I had not fully read the summary so based on the covers and images I had scene with the biohazard warnings, I expected zombies. Still, I was very happy to have read this and more to come below and the vampire/zombie confusion.

The book centers mostly on CDC expert Dr. Goodweather and his partner. They are on assignment to figured out why a plane lands and then suddenly everyone in the plane mysteriously dies. But as the doctor and his partner investigate further, they learn the passengers are not "dead" for long. They come back as vampires and start attacking others. A race against time with enemies on all sides.

We mainly follow The good doctor as he struggles to balance his home life and work. He is in an ugly custody battle for his son when this all goes down. There is some great personal relations going on in the book. At first he is facing a medical mystery. Then a violent nightmare! In addition to his character we also get snippets into other officers, doctors, victims and a villain who is using his power and money to destroy mankind.

The art is very well done. Each character unique and very expressive. The violence is very graphic. And please note, very mature artwork containing violence and nudity. While I can enjoy what is in this, I would be horrified if a child got their hands on this! Great detail is given on every image. And it is very well done. The full page inserts were especially well done! The characters looked almost real. The only thing less that thrilling were that many of the "vampires" looked the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob W M on July 11, 2013
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THE STRAIN is a solid vampire thriller and is excellent in graphic novel form. Some reviewers have complained that the story is cliche, and to some extent they are right in that THE STRAIN is not completely original -- it is a story clearly in the tradition of Stoker's DRACULA.

The tale begins with a plane landing in at the JFK with its crew and passengers mysteriously dead and a coffin full of dirt stowed away in its cargo hold -- a scene that pays homage to Count Dracula's infamous landing in London. The rest of the story proceeds similarly, the scenes and characters repeatedly tying back to Stoker's classic tale of vampirism (including a vampire-slayer/professor) while still remaining refreshingly modern.

Although good, THE STRAIN, VOLUME 1 is not without its flaws. The story itself is strong, but most of characters (including the lead) are somewhat bland; however, since this volume is just the beginning of the tale, hopefully they'll be more fully fleshed-out in future volumes. Additionally, the artwork takes some getting used to -- the covers are fantastic, but Huddleston's work is a bit inconsistent. Mostly the characters and figures are relatively detailed and well-drawn, but sometimes panels feature oddly distorted figures that seem out of place. This distracted me at first, but by the end of the book I scarcely noticed.

THE STRAIN is perhaps not the best vampire comic out there (that would probably be Snyder's AMERICAN VAMPIRE), but it is nonetheless solid, entertaining, and horrific enough to be a welcome break from more sparkly vampire fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on June 19, 2014
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When I had heard Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan wrote a horror book series together called the Strain I became very interested. I'm a big fan of GdT and based on the artwork I saw and high reviews of the Dark Horse graphic novel, I decided to read those first. Now I am in love with this series. For awhile I was disgusted with vampire stories because of Twilight but I love that vampires are actual monsters again and they're really disgusting. Artwork is beautiful and now that Fx has picked it up for a show, I can't wait to see it on t.v. too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By QuietNoise on December 7, 2012
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I have read this series from Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro, and I could always see the movie in this. In fact, I thought it had been written to be made into a movie. So when I heard there was a graphic novel coming out, I was somewhat excited by the prospect. I hate to say this, but this one disappointed me. When I got the galley, it had this beautiful, if somewhat scary, cover design. I will show you.

As you can see, lots of style with this and it made me want to open it up. After a few more beautifully painted pages, the graphic novel starts in a totally different style. In my opinion, this did not work for the story line.

Many of the characters did not resemble the picture I had in my head of them. The creatures looked great on the painted pages, but did not work quite as well when in comic style.

The story held true to the book and the action moved very well, so in that aspect it is very good.

I think this is one of those graphic novels that you would want to read before the actual book. I can see, when done in that order, this would be quite a thrill ride but for me, it was good - but not great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lakis Fourouklas on December 6, 2012
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The Strain Volume 1 is a graphic novel that combines the genres of traditional vampire literature and ancient folklore in order to deliver a modern day tale of horror and nonstop action.

This is an adaptation of the first novel in the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, or maybe not exactly so, as the authors point out in their introduction.

"This is not an illustrated version of our novels. This is a graphic retelling: a visual translation and a definitive one. As such, we asked only for the application of fresh energy and bold thinking. Other than that, we granted David Lapham and Mike Huddleston free reign and embraced them as true partners in this enterprise."

It all begins with a flashback. We visit a rural scene in the country of Romania in 1927. An old woman tells a boy that goes by the name of Abraham the story of Jusef Sardu, an eccentric nobleman, in order to make him eat his foot. According to her, and local legend, Sardu was a man unlike any other. He was so tall that he looked down on everyone, yet looked down on no one. And the children loved him. He was sick though, but what his illness really was nobody knew.

Sardu used to live a peaceful life, until one day his noble father, decided to take him with him for a wolf hunt that would lead to a disaster and which would change, in unimaginable ways, his life forever.

Young Abraham believed the story, even though at the time he didn't exactly know what had happened to the man. In the years to come he would come to find out, and thus find in a mysterious way his life's true purpose.

And back to the future, which is today, we go.
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