Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Strain: Volume 1 - review

Author: David Lapham

Art: Mike Huddleston

First Published: 2012

Contains spoilers

The Blurb: When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Center for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event--an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness.

Adapting the first novel in Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s New York Times best selling The Strain Trilogy, this horrifying first chapter introduces an outbreak of diabolical proportions that puts a terrifying twist on the vampire genre!

The Review: With the TV adaptation of the Strain not too far away I decided to have a look at the graphic novel adaptations. This first volume contains the comic books 1 – 6 and is actually the first half of the first novel’s story.

All in all it is pretty much a straight adaptation. The writing has suitably transferred it to the graphic format but for anyone who has already read the novel there is nothing unexpected. You can follow the link to the novel review if you wish to pick up more about the very unique vampire lore.

The artwork for the covers is superb. However I was not sold on the artwork for the actual story. It seems a little clean, a little too functional but without atmosphere for my tastes. It isn’t bad art but it doesn’t rock my world.

Of course the main thing has to be the story, but I can’t see this being a huge draw for those who have read the novel already – it is probably more for those who haven’t and/or prefer their literature graphic rather than prose. 6 out of 10.

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