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Dark Horse’s The Strain: The Fall #1 expounds, yet again, on the 2009 novel of the same name written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. In this one, writer David Lapham and artist Mike Huddleston, tackle book number two in the Guillermo/Hogan series…The Fall.

The story starts out epic enough, with a fast paced, but highly interesting, history lesson about an ancient tablet. What’s written on the tablet and what it can do remains unknown, but what is known is that people will kill for it and have been killing for it, for centuries.

Dr. Ephraim Goodweather’s failure to kill the Master—the ancient vampire behind the epidemic infesting New York City—has led the former alcoholic to relapse as the city burns around him. It’s the end of the world, but Eph, beaten but not dead, has still got to protect his son Zack from his mother, who’s now a bloodthirsty vampire that craves her child more than any artery.

The streets are infested with this new breed of vampire, one that cares very little about turning you, but is all about serving you up. The weight of what’s happening can be felt on every page, the evil unleashed by this pandemic adds to the characters narratives in this post apocalyptic thriller. It’s a race, of sorts, to find patient zero in a world that has come undone, a fact made all too clear when Dr. Ephraim’s , now turned wife, pays his son a visit via the fire escape.

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The Strain: The Fall is a stunning beginning on another go round of amazing comics from Dark Horse and is a great introductory read for those unfamiliar with the book.

Incidentally FX has picked up the rights to The Strain and shooting will begin in September 2013 and Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim) is set to direct.

Via. Fox News Latino

Del Toro said he believes his trilogy has the potential to air from three to five seasons, and that he would love to direct as many episodes as his busy schedule permits.

Having gotten a taste of the story, it’s definitely gonna give The Walking Dead a run for it’s money. At least I hope it does.

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