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Product Details

  • Series: The Strain
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616550325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616550325
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,630 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The story is good along with the artwork.
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This collection of the first six issues of the series is an amazing read.
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Its amazingly well told and the art is impeccable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 9, 2014
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I was trying to get away from only reading marvel and DC and I enjoy horror so I chose this. My only issue with it is there are a lot of characters introduced in the first couple chapters and it gets confusing pretty quickly. Other than that it's a great read for fans of virus style zombie and vampire movies. The vampires are pretty terrifying which I like because I'm tired of seeing the typical ideal vampire everywhere. I look forward to reading volume 2.
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1 of 1 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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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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By Zachary Pimentel on February 6, 2014
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I love Guillermo del Toro and these vampires are freaking awesome. looking forward to reading volume 2 and the rest of these comics. I even bought the actual book.
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I just finished volume 1, and cannot wait for the next installment. The storyline is a wonderful tying together of actual history with made-up lore. The main tale graphics are great, although the imagery in some of the side story (which hope they tie in better in later versions) seemed crude and incomplete. Not sure if that is because of the lack of later relevance, or if this is how they are building in to those moments.

I prefer graphic arts for these types of stories, so I will wait for the next part of the series. But you can tell, the movie won't be far behind.
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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 police procedural.

When Flight 753 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": a plane full of the dead, a coffin full of soil, and a little old man who knows way too much about vampires. 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.
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