Story: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Script: David Lapham
Art: Mike Huddleston
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover: Mike Huddleston
Variant Cover: Steve Morris
Published By: Dark Horse
The Strain begins with an old world grandma (Bubbeh) telling her young grandson a story about a legendary nobleman named Jusef Sardu. While the story is short, it’s detailed and extremely moving. A story of a gentle giant who was never accepted by his father because of his physical ailments even though he was a kind-hearted good person. Due to circumstances, the town’s peoples perceptions of Jusef change in a negative way and rather than being revered, he became feared. Cut to present day, a dad, Ephraim, and his son, Zack trying to enjoy their every other weekend visit. Video games, junk food and jokes are soon cut short as Ephraim’s work (the CDC) is demanding he get to work on an emergency that has just occurred at the airport. The details are sketchy and no one knows what’s going on in this plane. The plane went radio silent shortly after landing and everyone fears a terrorist attack has occurred. Ephraim and the crew do their best to ascertain what’s happening, but as they finally board the plane the odd scene only leaves them (and the reader) with more questions.
This comic was awesome, the ending was perfect. Everything in The Strain was top notch from the dialog to the art. David Lapham’s dialog really makes you feel like you know these characters and more importantly, care about them. Mike Huddleston’s art captures the emotions of the characters brilliantly. I think it’s easy to see that I loved The Strain and absolutely cannot wait for the next issue. If the rest of the issues continue in this fashion I think it’s safe to say I will be reading and raving about The Strain for a long time to come!
Release date: December 14, 2011