In this final chapter, The Strain #11 concludes the visual adaptation of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s epic-sized novel. At breakneck speed, the plot twists and last-minute surprises keep the story riveting right until the last pages. Since the beginning and now in its conclusion, “The Strain” has been an incredibly fun read. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
The Strain #9 is full of feverish imagination as the pages come alive with pulse-pounding action and nail-biting suspense. “The Strain” puts a fresh and modern spin on vampirism, treating it as a parasitic virus that breaks down the body, altering the host in its process. Highly entertaining, “The Strain” #9 continues the quick-pace and high action. READ MORE
here we go again with part 2 (part 1 here) of the cover reveals and solicitations from Dark Horse Comics’ January horror lineup. Dark Horse brings in the new year with a slew of creepy tales including: Ex Sanguine, To Hell You Ride, The Strain, and more. Check out the cover art and solicitations below. READ MORE
It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of David Lapham’s refreshing take on werewolves in the Avatar Press series, Ferals. It’s a dark and twisted werewolf story that’s consistently one of the better horror books on shelves, month in and month out.
The story revolves around Officer Dale Chesnutt, a small town lawman stuck investigating the brutal slaughter of his best friend. During his investigation everyone around Chesnutt begins to turn up dead, including the woman he had a sweaty sexual encounter with the night before. Pulled in for questioning, Chesnutt is attacked in jail by a werewolf who proceeds to brutally slaughter the entire police force. Escaping by the skin of his teeth, Dale’s body begins a transformation after the attack as his hands begin to morph into werewolf claws. Now Chesnutt is on the run from police for murders he didn’t commit, and trying to track down the real killer, which happens to be a gigantic pack of hungry werewolves.
Lapham and and artist Gabriel Andrade (Lady Death, Die Hard: Year One) deserve a real standing ovation for taking a classic horror movie monster and making him scary once again. Check out a preview of issue #5 of this awesome series below. READ MORE
Yes, vampires are popular, they are currently all over pop culture, and there’s a lot of trashy teen stories working to give them a bad name. Thankfully, we still have creators like Lapham and Huddleston (with a little help from del Toro) to restore our faith in the fanged immortal. The Strain is shaping up to be another stellar vampire comic, one that delves deep into the mythology and lore we all know and love. Check out the preview for issue #3 down below.
Happy New Year! After a brief two-week break, I’m back with a gut full of food and an ambitious mind for the coming year. Why not kick it off with my very first Pick of the Week for 2012?
Last month Lapham and Huddleston began their engrossing, rich tale of vampire mythology, which spans across decades. The full scale of the mythos is yet to be revealed, but the repercussions of letting the vampire plague loose in the current century are starting to surface. Ephraim finds himself in the midst of something far more horrific than he could ever imagine, and his troubles are only beginning. Issue #2 delves further into the mystery of flight 753 and ups the dramatic tone several notches. Lapham is taking his time planting all the seeds for a deliberately paced narrative that showcases his ability to craft a story-driven book that dwindles in the back of your mind. Lapham and Huddleston make a wonderful team, truly capturing the enchanting air of vampire lore, and issue #2 confirms the hopes The Strain will be a great story that restores faith in the blood sucking subgenre.
David Lapham continues his vamp-tastic adaptation of Guillermo del Toro’s epic novel series in the new year. The debut issue of The Strain was a massive hit and left readers demanding more. The first issue gave us a glimpse into the eerie mythos of del Toro’s vampire world, offering incredible character development, and left things on the cusp of destruction for our hero. Hopefully, in the second issue we will see a bit more of that tall gangly dude and his creepy cane. Check the 6-page preview after the jump courtesy of Dark Horse. Read on for the skinny…
The Strain is based on a series of vampire novels written by none other than the cinematic master Guillermo del Toro, and Chuck Hogan. Anyone who knows del Toro’s work knows his love for horror comics, and it’s about time one of his works were adapted to comics. Fittingly so, David Lapham takes the honors of adapting the tale with Mike Huddleston by his side on art duties. The story begins in the past as an old grandmother tells her grandson the tall tale of a spooky giant who will come to get him if he doesn’t eat his greens, swiftly switching right into the present. Somehow, some way, the past and present are interconnected, and some age-old evil is about to show its heinous face. A vampire story from the mind of del Toro that mixes folklore into the present day; sounds like a winner, right? Well, it reads like one too. Read on for the skinny…
Guillermo del Toro has been uber busy lately, but as they say, there’s no rest for the wicked. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, The Strain has been adapted into comic form with the help of David Lapham and Mike Huddleston, and it’s finally on its way! This is one of the most talented creative teams you could possibly imagine for a horror, sci-fi, thriller genre-mixer, and as you probably guessed by now, these aren’t your standard vampires. Nope, they are some genetic aberrations posing a threat to humanity. If you weren’t stoked enough already, now there’s an insane amount of previews for you to feast your eyes below.
Avatar is an up and coming runner in the horror comics game, and now they promote their latest horror release, FERALS. This brand spankin’ new ongoing series is helmed by David Lapham, who broke into the scene with his hit STRAY BULLETS, and since then he’s lent his pen to many horror comics. Now Lapham takes us on another terrifying ride into a small town where a string of gruesome murders suddenly brings the town into a much, much darker world. Orders close for this bad boy next Thursday, so peep the wicked 9 page preview after the jump and tell your shop to order you a copy. Read on for the skinny
Okay, so we all know that the Garth Ennis created “CROSSED” is screwed up in every way possible. That’s half the reason we all love it. Sure, there are plenty of moments while we are reading it that we feel like vile, horrible, despicable people for even touching the thing much less spending $4s on it. In most cases I am less than shocked, sometimes I go “Oh, dang”, few times I’ll even mutter a few choice expletives. Well you can chalk this one up to an all new category of ‘THEoDEAD sat staring at the computer monitor for a good minute trying to process what he was seeing’. Before we go any further I have to warn you that not only is this photo NSFW and full of spoilers, but it is also more than a little disturbing to the average reader. Even I feel a bit violated after seeing this, and it makes me question my moral fortitude. (Sounds like fun, right?!) Therefore I feel obligated to warn you that you should think before making the jump. In any event…read on for the skinny.
It’s hard for me to believe that it has been nearly 2 years since the first time I ever read or heard anything about the Garth Ennis original “CROSSED”. Back in early 2008 when the comic was being passed off by publisher Avatar as the most depraved piece of illustrated fiction to ever taint the shelves of comic book stores everywhere I was equal parts skeptical and intrigued by the idea of the story. (Let alone that the man behind such personal favorites as “PREACHER” and “HELLBLAZER”) Any skepticism I may have harbored as to the validity of these claims was dashed though when I read the first issue of the series that contains a 2 page spread in which a couple is…ahem…how do I put this delicately…brutalized from “behind” in front of each other while their little girl is torn to pieces “DAY OF THE DEAD” style in the background. With those two pages Ennis and illustrator Jacen Burrows made a statement to readers, horror fans, and industry heads everywhere, a statement that went through loud and clear, and it was simple: f*ck you. But with such a bold statement always comes the eventual allegations and whining from the offended. (Or should I say ‘crossed’?) In this case it is the million dollar question of whether or not “CROSSED” is TOO much. Read on for the entire article.