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Comic Review: (ARC) The Strain, The Fall #1

The Strain: The Fall #1
Writer: David Lapham
Artist: Mike Huddleston
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: E. M. Gist
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date: July 17, 2013
Format: FC, 32 pages;
Dark Horse Comics
UPC:7 61568 19185 1 00111

Dr. Ephraim Goodweather’s failure to kill the Master—the ancient vampire behind the epidemic infesting New York City—has led the former alcoholic to relapse as the city burns around him. It’s the end of the world, but Eph, beaten but not dead, has still got to protect his son Zack from his mother, who’s now a bloodthirsty vampire that craves her child more than any artery.* From the mind of visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan.* Ongoing series continuing the story of the critically acclaimed comic The Strain.
“Essential reading.”—Bleeding Cool
“The subtle build of tension and terror still peppers every page.”—IGN

The beginning of the comic version of the next book in the series has Dr. Ephraim Goodweather's failing to kill the Master, creator of the start of the vampire apocalypse in New York City that began the week before. The former alcoholic goes into relapse as the city burns around him. It's the end of the world, but Eph, still needs to protect his son Zack from his mother. No longer human, but a bloodthirsty vampire, she craves her ‘dear one,’ more than any artery.

With “The Walking Dead” on television viewed by millions, zombie movies watched by fans, vampires have been forced back into the darkness, unable to come out into the light. But this series (both the books and the comics) are bringing fresh blood to the vampire story. No longer a monster wearing a black cape stalking crumbling gothic castles, is the Master using New York City to bring forth drinkers of blood en masse. It is a week after the plane had landed at the airport with the infected people and the Master. Now vampires are stalking the night, finding victims and drinking their blood, infecting them. An alcoholic, a pawnbroker, an exterminator, a criminal, and a doctor are all that stand between the end of humanity on earth, and that is if they can get their hands on a certain book, based on ancient Mesopotamian tablets discovered in 1508. It may reveal all about the Master and how to end him.

The artwork drawn for this horror story evokes the creepiness and desperation in this comic. I can not wait for the next installment in this saga. I give this five sheep—BLOODY sheep.

5 "BLOODY" Sheep

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