Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter #2

  • Writer: David Lapham
  • Artist: Edgar Salazar
  • Colorist: Dan Jackson
  • Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra

Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter29662 started off with a good first issue, we establish a solid plot along with interesting characters. At the end of the first issue Quinlan was sent to a Gladiator school and after 3 years was known throughout Rome for his victories, he soon found himself fighting Spiculus a famous gladiator and warrior he respected.

When the two of them finally fought Quinlan defeat him due to his vampire abilities, the victory causes the emperor to become enraged and calling for his head. Again Quinlan is in situation where he has to run, at the same time Thax snuck inside the emperor’s walls and its assume takes him out. Later that night an attack setup by Thax, which was setup at the end of the first issue is finally commencing.

Surprisingly Spiculus and a few other gladiators come to aid them as they fight off Thax and his newly turned vampire’s, the fight was won but not without casualties, Quinlan’s only friend Bruk was bitten by a vampire and taken out by Quinlan. After hiding out for some time Quinlan is sold off to another slave owner only this time the man knows what Quinlan is and why he’s so different from the others like him.

He’s taken to a room that is dark and filled with mysterious objects and artifacts, the man walks Quinlan up to a curtain, he is told that someone important has come a long way to see him, the person behind the curtain is an Ancient Vampire. The Ancient Vampire tells Quinlan in history there were 4 others like him that they considered an abomination and that he cannot be allowed to live.

Conclusion:

The ground work Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter is coming along smoothly with David Lapham, the focus of the story stays around Quinlan and Thax, the two seem to have been destined to fight one another, and now that the Ancient Vampires have revealed themselves it looks as if things will get more exciting in the upcoming issues, and I can’t wait.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter #1

  • Writer: David Lapham
  • Artist: Edgar Salazar
  • Colorist: Dan Jackson
  • Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra

Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter29661 #1 tells the story of a hybrid vampire name Quinlan and his counterpart Thrax as they live in ancient Rome. The story starts with a little back story of the main antagonist Thrax, he lived as the right hand vampire of Emperor Caligula, one night a group of assassins sneak in and attempt to take Caligula’s life, instead they interrupt’s Thrax as he feeds on a pregnant slave. The woman escapes and runs away, over time she transforms into a vampire because of Thrax. With Thrax on the run from roman guards the young woman takes refuge in a cave and eventually gives birth to a baby vampire who she names Quinlan, as time passed on the baby becomes a young adult, we see how his vampire abilities are different form the Thrax, the biggest difference is the immunity to sunlight.

Most vampires can’t survive in sunlight and Thrax is no different, Quinlan on the other hand is the exception, because of his immunity to sunlight he’s able to hunt during the day. While out looking for food and runs across roman soldiers and they chase him down and corner him in a remote cave, out of nowhere his mother arrives and takes out of the soldiers, the fight leaves his mother in a weaken state so he decides to go hunt for her, meanwhile Thrax heads back to Rome.

When Quinlan returns to his mother he shocked to find Thrax there with his mother’s decapitate body, finally face to face with the vampire who turned him and his mother Quinlan is to afraid to fight so he runs away. Months go by and Quinlan finds himself in Judea feeding on locals, one day come across a little boy and attempts to feed but is caught by hunters and thrown into a Gladiator school, there he meets Bruk a slave and together to two become friends with the same goal, to get revenge.

3 years pass and Quinlan becomes famous in the arena, the people call him Candidus (The White Warrior), late night another vampire sneaks in the school and attacks all the gladiators and one by one turning them all, finally we see that it’s Thrax.

Conclusion:  Good solid first issue with good character development for the protagonist and antagonist, the only problem I have is the time skips. With Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan names attach to this run, im interested on what twist and turns will happened in future issues

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Release Date: September 14, 2016

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

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!

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 

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