Guillermo del Toro's The Strain: Undead Monday

Posted by Grey Monday, December 5, 2011

Forget the glamorous glittering vampires in Breaking Dawn. This Undead Monday, we take a look at the literally gut-spewing vampires in the comic book adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's vampire trilogy novel series.

First published in June, 2009, The Strain is the first novel of a vampire trilogy co-written by notable horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Following THe Strain, the second installment of the series, The Fall, was later released in September 2010, with the concluding chapter, The Night Eternal, being eventually released on October 25th earlier this year. Come next Wednesday (December 14th), readers will be able to enjoy del Toro and Hogan's particularly macabre take on vampires in sequential art form at the price of a mere one buck, thanks to Dark Horse Comics.

Adapted by writer David Lapham (well-known for his work on Stray Bullets) and artist Mike Huddleston (known for his work on Oni Press' The Coffin with Phil Hester), the horror mini-series will be published by Dark Horse Comics. For more grisly details on the exceptionally disturbing nature of the literally gut-spewing vampires in the series as well as the incredibly long list of other projects (video games, films, etc.) attached to del Toro, head over to iO9 for their extensive interview with the filmmaker.

Here's the official description in the solicitation:

The Strain #1
Writer: David Lapham, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
Artist: Mike Huddleston
Colorist: Dan Jackson

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


And here's the trailer to the horror series.



With no further ado, courtesy of ComicsAlliance, hit the jump to check out the first seven pages from the promising title, as well as a deliciously grisly sketch gallery brought to you by the Mike Huddleston.







Images from the sketch gallery.

The standard cover for issue #1 by Mike Huddleston.

The variant cover for issue #1 by Steve Morris.
You might find Steve Morris's variant cover art familiar as it was featured together with Tom Morello's Orchid, P.C. Cast's House of Night in a long banner wall art at the Dark Horse Booth at Comic-Con.



Source: ComicsAlliance

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