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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Comic Review: The Strain, The Fall #2

The Strain, The Fall #2
Story by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Writer: David Lapham, Mike Huddleston

Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: E. M. Gist
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date: August 21, 2013
Price: $3.99
Published by Dark Horse Comics

The Master’s attack on New York City violated an ancient vampire treaty, and now his oldest enemies seek to punish him for this transgression. Dubbed the sun warrior, Augustin “Gus” Elizalde gears up to dispatch the strain now infesting Manhattan . . . but he won’t be entering the fray alone!

* From the minds of visionary director Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan.

* Ongoing series continuing the story of the critically acclaimed comic The Strain.

“A week ago, they invaded Manhattan. Now they will destroy the world. A vast conspiracy prevents the vampire epidemic from coming to light. A small force is humanity’s only chance: an alcoholic, a doctor, a pawnbroker, an exterminator, and a criminal. Can they prevent the Master from covering the planet in darkness?”

This second comic in The Fall series begins in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. A Hispanic criminal named Augustin Elizalde has been brought to the lair of other “originals;” vampires that have been around for as long as the Master. They do not want his blood, but him to become their ‘sun warrior,’ to massacre the unclean. A Mr. Quinlan who works for them has told them about Gus. Gus agrees to their terms and Mr. Quinlan’s assistance. We also see Eph and Vasiliy, as they run into the former boss of Eph’s, Dr. Barnes of CDC, and have to flee from him and a police force. The vampire horde is growing and growing, as more of New York City inhabitants are changed. More is learned about the vampires, though not about much about the Master. As someone who has read all three books in the trilogy, I know the ending and yet, seeing the characters made flesh by the art, makes me more anxious for the next comic in the series. More so as some news about the coming TV series is released. You might be surprised who will play Abraham Setrakian, but maybe not fully surprised. I wasn’t. Not only because Del Toro has worked with him before, but his lists of credits in two past genre-related TV shows. I’m not telling, though. You need to get the comic for yourself.

The colors splashed across the pages are growing much darker; setting the mood for ‘the hero’s journey’ that leads to the end of this series and even on next series of the comics. If you like your vampires sparkly and children and pets left unharmed, be forewarned. Darkness is beginning. But if you stay to the end of this series and the last one, too, I suspect that Dark Horse will deliver us one roller coaster of an ‘E’ ticket ride.

Review: The Strain, The Fall #1

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Guest Reviewer: Pamela K. Kinney Website Blog Facebook
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