Chuck Hogan

Dark Horse Does Vampires Right!

If you’ve got a taste for bloodsuckers, then look no further! Dark Horse does vampires right and gives readers who crave creatures of the night a crypt full of creepy comics!

Step into the world of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, as everyone’s favorite Slayer adapts to her new life in San Francisco. Then check out Angel & Faith, where the vampire with a soul and the once-evil Slayer work to atone for past sins.

This preview issue also features Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s Baltimore, which follows a vampire hunter living in a world beset by a post–World War I vampire infestation; samples from P. C. and Kristin Cast’s story of a vampyre boarding school in House of Night; and Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain, in which Manhattan suffers from a vampiric plague!

• Issue features selections from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1,Angel & Faith #1, Baltimore: The Curse Bells #1, The Strain #1, and House of Night #1. Plus, the entirety of a short story entitled “Magical Mystery Tour Featuring the Beetles,” a previously unreleased, digital-only retailer exclusive from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9.

Dark Horse Does Vampires Right!

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Review – The Strain #2

Story: Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Script: David Lapham
Cover & Art: Mike Huddleston
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Clem Robins
Published By: Dark Horse

Mike Huddleston Cover

Issue #2 of The Strain finds the CDC still trying to determine what happened on that doomed flight that only left three survivors and hundreds dead. Something is not right with the dead bodies and everyone is frantically trying to figure out what happened. Nothing is adding up and the higher-ups want answers for the press conference and before the eclipse occurs (which is just hours away). Ephraim is charged with giving the press answers, the only problem, he has none. The three survivors have come to, but they seem to have no recollection of what happened on the plane. A smelly mysterious box has been found on the plane and just as quickly as it was found it disappears. What significance does the box have? What’s going on with the dead bodies and the live ones for that matter? I don’t know but I can’t wait to find out!

This issue is fast paced, eerie and just plain awesome. There is a hectic, scary vibe to it that really draws the reader in. The Strain #2 raises a lot of questions and keeps the reader begging for the answers. The characters are interesting and the dialog is great. The art is superb, Mike Huddleston’s work is fantastic, he captures the gross without making it too over the top, just the right amount of gore. I’m so excited to see where this story is going to go, I can’t wait for the next issue…I’m definitely infected!

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 
Mike Huddleston Cover

Review – The Strain #1

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

Mike Huddleston Cover

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.

Steve Morris Cover

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

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

 

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