Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter #3 & 4

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

The Strain Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter is one of those comics that would be better as a graphic novel, The Strain has always been a must-read series and this continues to deliver.

After being confronted by a mysterious Vampire, Quinlan is given an ultimatum, either help them take out Thax are be taken out himself, after agreeing the mysterious Vampire assigns an agent with Quinlan, the agent is a human name Decimu. The two are given a dangerous mission by Caesar in which they must intercept a legion in carthage, what makes the mission so dangerous is the Desert they must cross.

With little chances of survival Quinlan, Decimu and company make way, and not long during their travels the men start to break because of the heat. After taking shelter Quinlan and Decimu take a minute and talk, we find out Decimu’s reason’s for why he follows the mysterious vampire’s orders. Later during the night Marcus, a man part the legion Quinlan informs him that 30 men have gone missing after drinking all of the water rations, Quinlan notices a broken pottery in which the water was in, he’s shocked when he finds the parasites that carry the vampire infection were inside with the water.

Knowing the missing men will soon turn, Quinlan and Decimu push the men to get as far away as possible because they know the newly turned vampires would be hunting them down fast.

With the missing soldiers now hunting them Quinlan and company decide to stand their ground and take on the vampires, the fight lasted only an hour, but the causalities were heavy, they had lost over 100 men to and now only had 60. With sun up Quinlan and Decimu come up with a plan to find and attack the vampires while they sleep underground, Quinlan knew the plan was certainly death to them all they continue.

Once they reached the layer, they attack the vampires as they sleep, although they had the upper hand by catching the infected off guard, they still couldn’t match the strength and numbers of the vampires and ended up losing all of their men including Decimu who somehow got infected during the fray.

Again, Quinlan finds himself along wondering the edge of the desert and comes across a Berber army along with its King, without hesitation Quinlan races towards the army with nothing to lose and for a moment he was holding his own but with so many men attacking him he’s taken down fast and looks to be on the verge of death when the issue ends

Conclusion:  Nothing has changed for Quinlan he continues to struggle with humanity and not in a since of danger but of loss, Decimu was a true friend too Quinlan but he ended up losing his life in battle against the vampires, I wouldn’t blame him if he decides to view the world like Thax or like the ancient ones, the guys been through a lot and now he seems to be on his way of losing his own life. But some good was found out of all the drama, he discovered a new ability he can use if he can survive this latest Conan like predicament.

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

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:★★★★☆ 

SDCC: Dark Horse Announces Comic-Con Exclusives Store!

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The largest and most highly anticipated pop culture event of the year is right around the corner, and Dark Horse is bringing you the latest and greatest in exclusive comics and products from Dark Horse Deluxe!

This year at the Dark Horse booth, a dedicated store will be open throughout the convention where fans can purchase these limited and highly collectible products.

Game of Thrones 7-Inch Stark Shield Wall Plaque (Limited Edition of 1,200)

Sculptural replica of Stark shield. Packaged in full-color box. Includes hook for wall mounting.

Price: $30.00

Availability: Two per person, available all days

 

Last Man Standing Signed Hardcover Book (Limited Edition of 1,000)

15 x 12.25–inch, signed, 272-page, full-color hardcover art book with dust jacket.

Price: $75.00

Availability: All days

 

Mass Effect Bronze Alliance Normandy SR-1 Ship Replica (Limited Edition of 300)

Bronze-plated, 6.75-inch ship replica on base. Packaged in full-color box.

Price: $50.00

Availability: Two per person

 

Hellboy Qee—SDCC Exclusive (Limited Edition of 350)

5.5-inch Qee vinyl figure of Hellboy wearing officially licensed Comic-Con logo T-shirt. Packaged in color window box.

Price: $20.00

Availability: Two per person, available all days

 

 

Domo Qee—SDCC Exclusive (Limited Edition of 1,200)

2.5-inch Qee version of Domo. Design unavailable elsewhere. Packaged in color box.

Price: $9.00

Availability: Four per person, available all days

 

Good Luck Trolls—SDCC Exclusive (Limited Edition of 1,000)

2.5-inch black-light green Good Luck Troll figure with white hair. Packaged in color box.

Price: $8.00

Availability: Four per person, available all days

 

Plants vs. Zombies Comic—SDCC Exclusive (Limited Edition of 1,000)

PopCap’s immensely popular Plants vs. Zombies game finally gets the plant-filled, zombie-zapping comics treatment it deserves! Crazy Dave helps fend off a “fun-dead” neighborhood invasion in Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon. Paul Tobin (Marvel Adventures) and Ron Chan (The Guild) join the botanical battle to deliver a hilarious, all-ages zombie romp to your neighborhood! Stop by the Dark Horse booth or the PopCap booth to snag an exclusive print edition.

Price: $2.00

Availability: 500 copies will be for sale at the Dark Horse booth and 500 at the Electronic Arts Booth (#129)

 

The Strain: The Fall #1 Comic— SDCC Exclusive Variant Cover by Rafael Albuquerque (Limited Edition of 500)

The vampire plague has infested New York City in this continuation of the critically acclaimed comic by writer David Lapham and artist Mike Huddleston, adapted from The Strain Trilogy by visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan. The Strain is also currently in development for an FX series!

Price: $5.00

Availability: Ten per person

 

Star Wars #7— SDCC Exclusive Variant Cover by Rodolfo Migliari (Limited Edition of 1,000)

This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!

Price: $5.00

Availability: Ten per person

 

Catalyst Comix #1— SDCC Exclusive Variant Jam Cover by Dan McDaid, Paul Maybury, and Ulises Farinas (Limited Edition of 500)

Straight from the glory of Comics’ Greatest World, Frank “Titan” Wells, Amazing Grace, and the Agents of Change are back, baby! But you’ve never seen them like this! Superhero comics get a back-alley facelift as these very different champions confront cosmic threats and personal demons—and it all starts at the end of the world as we know it! Written by Joe Casey (Sex, Gødland, Baker the Righteous Maker) with art by artists Dan McDaid (Doctor Who), Ulises Farinas (Glory), and Paul Maybury (Aqua Leung)!

Price: $5.00

Availability: Ten per person

Make sure to stop by booth #2615 to check out all this awesome stuff, only available at San Diego Comic-Con 2013!

Dark Horse Comics Collects Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain

 

Acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan bring their New York Times best-selling series of novels, the Strain Trilogy, to Dark Horse Comics with an ongoing adventure that takes a terrifying spin on the vampire genre.

Renowned comics creator David Lapham (Stray BulletsSilverfish) and artist Mike Huddleston (The CoffinButcher Baker) join forces in this comic book adaptation unlike any other—bringing del Toro and Hogan’s vision to life in a story that casts a deadly plague over the whole of humanity. The Strain Volume 1, collecting issues #1–#6 of this ongoing series, is a horror story unlike any other!

When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Centers 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.

 Praise for Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain:

“[The Strain] is one of the scariest comics on the stands, as genuine surprises await the reader at every turn of the page. Usually, such big reveals are left to the final moment, but with The Strain there’s almost a cliffhanger every few pages and that makes this series a truly surprising, and enjoyable, read.”—Broken Frontier

“One of the year’s best books. If I were to give you one bit of advice while reading this book, don’t read it in the dark.”—Comic Buzz

The Strain Volume 1 is on sale November 14 in comic shops everywhere!


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