The plague is coming and we want to know how you will survive.

Win a chance to get killed in the 2nd Story Arc of The Strain!

We’re making preparations for the coming infestation, storing food, comics and weapons. The Strain #1 is on its way, infecting comic shops on Dec. 14th. And here’s a little contest to get you excited for the comics from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, David Lapham and Mike Huddleston. 

We want to hear how you will survive the vampire plague. In the comments below give us at least a 200 word description of how you plan to survive the coming epidemic. What supplies will you need? Where would you go to hide? Who would be with you? What weapons would you need? Give us all the details, we need help figuring out how we’d survive.
Official Rules:
1. Post a comment of at least 200 words on the Dark Horse Blog ( by 11:59p.m. PT on Sunday Dec. 4th, 2011 and describe how you plan to survive the coming plague.
2. Come back next week as we post the top 5 Survival Tales, once per day through Dec. 9th. 
3. Starting Dec. 9th. come back to the blog and Vote for the best Survival Plan Through Dec. 13th. 
***We’ll post the winner on Dec. 14th, the release date of The Strain #1
The Winner of this contest will have their likeness drawn into one of The Strain arc two comics to be killed by a Vampire. We will finalize details with the winner individually.
The fine print: No purchase necessary. One online entry per person (one e-mail address per person/address). You must be eighteen years of age or older to enter. Contest entries only accepted if they are submitted by 11:59p.m. (PDT), Dec. 4th, 2011, to be eligible. Winner will be selected based upon the quality of submitted comments (as determined at Dark Horse’s sole discretion) from all applicable entries and will be notified by Dec. 13th, 2011. Entry becomes the property of Dark Horse upon receipt. Entry constitutes agreement by winners to be publicized and permission to use each winner’s name for the purposes of promotion of the Contest without further compensation. Contest void where prohibited. Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants.

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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