Review-The Strain #1

By Chuck Suffel

Publication Date: December 14, 2011 Format: FC, 32 pages Price: $1.00

Story by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan ,Script by David Lapham, Art by Mike Huddleston

From the Dark Horse page:

“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.”
Guillermo Del Toro?  Chuck Hogan?  David Lapham? With writers like these the story should leap off the page and tell itself! Did it?  Let’s start by saying that as usual Mike Huddleston’s (Butcher Baker and The Homeland Directive) artwork doesn’t disappoint. Some panels are really creepy and disturbing. So the art wasn’t my problem. The problem I had was there really wasn’t that much to this book. I get it, it’s a one dollar number one, all setup. I just thought it would suck me in more. This could be, may very well be a great story but I can’t tell from this issue. It opens well enough with a peek at the mythos of our villain(s) and then jumps to present day where we meet some of the players. Then the big plot point hits! Dr. Goodweather and his team react to a modern day nightmare scenario. Though the big plot point just didn’t play all that big to me. It was kinda flat for a horror comic. It wasn’t very gory or even violent which is fine but I didn’t even get that sense of unease of foreboding that is usually conveyed in a good horror comic.

Now to be fair I haven’t read the New York Times Best Selling trilogy that this was based on but I really think the comic should be able to interest me on its own. I hope issue two has something more in store for us because this vampire comic? It didn’t suck, I just couldn’t sink my teeth into it.

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