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

"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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  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: The Strain
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616550325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616550325
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jamie E. on July 14, 2014
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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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Adam Hasser on July 23, 2014
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The 3 star rating is strictly so that I can comment on people unhappy/unaware they bought, or are considering buying, this Graphic Novel. Below are some ways to tell the difference between Novels and Graphic Novels.

When a book is listed at 120-240 pages and has illustrator/s listed under the title, that should be a good indication that said book is a graphic novel. Here's another give away "Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download." Also Paperback Graphic Novels have a list price of $15-$25 and are typically 10x7.

Dark Horse is smartly splitting each book into 2 volumes. This way they can tell the whole story with out glossing over all of the details. In other words don't expect to buy the first 3 volumes and be done with the story. It's going to be 6 volumes.

I've read the first issue of this volume and thought it was pretty good. I've read the books and I'm now watching the show as well. It seems like most people who have read the books, and like comics, enjoy the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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 Alt on July 23, 2014
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Based on the novel and television series of the same name, The Strain features everyone's favorite abominations: zombies and vampires. As if the world hasn't seen enough of those stories, this one combines the two to give us -- wait for it -- zombie vampires. What more could you ask? Nazi death camps? Yes, that abomination also makes an appearance. While The Strain isn't particularly original, the story is capably executed and the art is suitably gory, and some aspects of the story seem fresh despite the book's overall familiarity.

A plane lands at JFK and six minutes later, nearly every passenger appears to be dead. The star of The Strain is a CDC investigator who is divorced from (and in a custody dispute with) another CDC investigator. So far, The Strain sounds like the movie Outbreak -- except for the vampire. One of the three survivors has a pasty complexion, spooky eyes, and dresses goth, but that's because he's in a band. No, the coffin in the cargo hold provides a better clue to the plane's fate -- that, and the fact that the corpses on the plane never enter rigor mortis or attract flies.

Of course, there's a Romanian with a cane that conceals a silver sword who is mistaken for a batty old coot when he tries to warn the doctors about the vampire coffin. He's too late, as reanimated corpses return to life at night with a thirst for blood. The zombie-vampires are hosting things that come out of their mouths like really long tongues, so they are sort of zombie-worm-vampires, easily mistaken for space aliens.
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