The Strain: #3
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Art by Mike Huddleston
We have a new twist on the vampire in modern times story with this comic. Here the vampires are in Manhattan (I have to wonder, what’s wrong with the other boroughs) and they’re starting to spread. Here, they are not a class of people or they’re not trying to hide. They’re these zombie type creatures trying to feed and spread their sickness. One doctor starts to realize what’s going on when an older gentleman stops him and a colleague in the parking lot and there’s an incident in the middle of the street. If this is going on now in New York, I’ll happily stay down here and watch.
The premise for me seemed to blend the zombie and vampire myths together and I’m not a real fan of that. To me, Vampires have a mind and not so much of a sickness. Other than that, I enjoyed the story. I did catch one major editing error on the first page but none others. Not only was the art gritty and dark, which added to the story and gave it, not just an urban feel but added to the story. Even the paneling, basic thick lines, helped push the story to move onto the next page.
First of all, I want to say do not let children read this book. It is in no way for them. Now, having said that, the story was a basic starter book. They were still laying down the foundation for more books and stories to come. No real answers came in this book and from what I was reading; I don’t expect them to come in the next few issues. This is something that you want to make sure to follow every issue. I have a feeling if you miss one, you’ll be lost. I would like more information though when I pick up a book. This is something I think you would like, in my humble opinion. I give this 4 caps out of 5.