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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Comic Review: The Strain, The Night Eternal issue #1

Artist:Mike Huddleston
Colorist:Dan Jackson
Cover Artist:E. M. Gist
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date:August 20, 2014
Format:FC, 32 pages; Ongoing
UPC:7 61568 19195 0 00111

It’s been two years since the Master’s plan succeeded and a near apocalypse coated the world in darkness. Now able to roam freely, the Master’s legion of vampires rule the world—a horrifying police state where humans are harvested for blood. As humanity despairs, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and an unlikely team of heroes continue their fight against extinction and hope to unlock the secret to the Master’s demise.
* The final chapter in the Strain Trilogy, by Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan, begins here!

“A truly engrossing tale.”—Bloody Disgusting

“Great writing Lapham. I'm locked in.” —Comic Bastards

“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?”

There be spoilers ahead!
This comic begins with Eph discovering that Nora and Vasily Fet are attracted to each other, by emails. He has been late getting back to Nora who is waiting for him in the hospital, so when Fet tells her in the email, to keep moving, she takes her mother with her and grabs a subway train. Meanwhile, Eph finds two vampires waiting for him, which the Master uses to communicate. When he says no and demands his son, the Master releases them, and the vamps attack. He kills one, but the other escapes. Looking out a window to the ground below, he finds the building surrounded. As for Zack, he hasn’t been for while with his father and is under the Master’s care. The Master has left him not Turned, still human and growing up. When Zack comes back from thinking on something, he finds his mother in the room with him, still a vampire, but almost like she was before her change.

As for Fet, he runs into a vampire not like the others. He is attempting to find the Occido Luen that had been the Professor’s. All this appears to set up for some excitement to the adaptation of the third novel.

The colors are dark and convey a dark, bleak world, ruled by the Master and his vampires. Humans appear to be acting as normal, as you see the crowds, but vampires walk among them. The Night Eternal 2 lures us to need to know the next chapter.

I give Guillermo Del Toro’s and Chuck Hogan’s the Strain, the Night Eternal 4 bloody sheep.

Pamela Kinney

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