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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. In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months—the world.

This horrifying first chapter introduces an outbreak of diabolical proportions that puts a terrifying twist on the vampire genre! Collects issues #1 through #11.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616550325
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 631,082
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

David Lapham is an American comic book writer, artist, and cartoonist best known for his work on the independent comic book, Stray Bullets. David Lapham started his career in 1990 as a penciller at Valiant Comics. He went on to work under editor Jim Shooter at Defiant Comics, where they cocreated Warriors of Plasm in 1993. 2009 saw the release of Dark Horse's Noir, which included Stray Bullets. The author lives in Carefree, Arizona.

Mike Huddleston is a comic book artist and penciller who has worked on Hellboy, Grendel, and The Strain. 

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most influential filmmakers working today. Born in Mexico, del Toro has helmed some of the greatest horror films of all time time, such as The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth, and Hellboy. Del Toro's work is often characterized as having the qualities of magical realism, with the theme and tone of his films sharing elements of our world but mixed with a number of supernatural and fairty-tale elements. In addition to his work on the screen, del Toro has also worked extensively on video-game titles.

Dan Jackson is a penciller, inker, colorist, and letterer. He has worked on The Strain, Buffy, Aliens, and Call of Duty. 

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The Strain Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I read the whole thing in one sitting, its not only well written and well drawn but the mystery is what really keeps you going, the whole book I was trying to figure out what the overall plan and goal of these scary gross beasts were, if you like anything related to horror and graphic novels you should this book out.
tx_writer More than 1 year ago
Review also appears on the Geeks In High School blog. I've been checking out a number of genres lately, but the one that seems to handle my cravings for horror are graphic novels. Big, bold and bad to the bone, graphic novels are meaty, adult, and entertaining. The Strain by David Lapham was a fun (yes, horror can be fun) read that should appeal to people who enjoy vampire stories that don't include sparkling, or gorgeous but tortured protagonists. Like the blurb says, a plane lands at New York's JFK airport and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is brought in. Only three survivors are removed from the plane; the rest are dead. Or are they? This is where you'll either love the story, or think the whole thing is cliche. Why? Let's see: * Vampire virus takes over NYC (reminded me of I Am Legend). * Old guy hunts the ancient vampire who's spreading his "disease" (hello, Dr. Van Helsing). * Hero is set up by mysterious old rich guy who's in league with the Big Bad. I clearly didn't mind the rehash of well-worn vampire lore, but what saved this graphic novel was the overall writing and the great artwork. The plot wasn't groundbreaking, but I didn't need it to be. I love vampire stories and they're even better if they are not romantic blood suckers. I wanted vamps that made my skin crawl and this story has them. I also wanted a plot that kept me reading. That alone bumped this up in the ratings. What Lapham's done is set up the rest of the series by giving us all the players and the stakes immediately. The characters didn't give much to connect me emotionally, but I felt the backstory of one of the characters was thrilling. I wanted more about him and the head vampire, and less about the hero's screwed up family life and the lover-coworker angle. This is definitely a first book in a series that I expect to only get stronger.
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