Review: ‘The Strain’ #10

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The pages of The Strain #10 are alive with pulse-pounding suspense and hard-hitting action sequences. As the plot comes to a near-close, tons of twists and turns are laid out at breakneck speed. Highly entertaining, “The Strain” is an incredibly fun read.

WRITTEN BY: David Lapham
ART BY: Mike Huddleston
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: January 9, 2013

I love how David Lapham spread out the subplots evenly throughout the issues, giving each thread its own spotlight. Ephraim and Matt have always been in competition, even though they never share a scene together. In their own separate scenarios, they are both vying for the role of Zack’s father, as well as competing for Kelly’s affections. This issue has the biggest payoff of the family drama. Readers finally get to see Ephraim and Matt confront each other, as they both let out their hatred.

Lapham does a great job here adapting some of the toughest elements of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s novel. In the novel, there is so much description about how The Master has the ability to invade his victim’s mind. Impressively, Lapham is able to show just how deadly the Master is in just a single panel. The Master’s appearance is also straight from the text, a combination of Nosferatu’s Count Orlock and Barlow from the Salem’s Lot TV miniseries.

The novel makes great use of its New York locations, much like the way the Law & Order series does. Mike Huddleston’s artwork avoids the traditional New York landmarks, such as the Empire State Building; and focuses on urban neighborhoods – Morningside Heights and Woodside – to showcase the apocalyptic atmosphere. By using shadows and wide angles, Huddleston captures such stunning and cinematic visuals of a city falling apart.

A major highlight of Huddleston’s illustrations is how he depicts the apocalypse in New York. With the lights out, the rooftops of buildings are burning as Gus slowly walks across his chaos-ridden block. Like muggers, vampires attack innocent civilians in the middle of the streets. Ordinary citizens are even rioting during the vampire siege. Huddleston adds to the hysteria as an arrow suddenly hits a vampire and his head explodes.

“The Strain” #10 delivers the bloody goods in an epic scale. Even if you know the novel by heart, you’re still going to be shocked by this visual interpretation. Readers are just one issue away from the gripping conclusion.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis