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A vast conspiracy has made it nearly impossible for the CDC's Dr. Ephraim Goodweather to convince the world that there's a vampiric epidemic spreading across Manhattan. His only hope is to go head-to-head with the ancient evil responsible for the wave of bloodthirsty vamps set to drown the Big Apple... but can the strain be stopped?! Adapted for comics by Eisner Award-winn A vast conspiracy has made it nearly impossible for the CDC's Dr. Ephraim Goodweather to convince the world that there's a vampiric epidemic spreading across Manhattan. His only hope is to go head-to-head with the ancient evil responsible for the wave of bloodthirsty vamps set to drown the Big Apple... but can the strain be stopped?! Adapted for comics by Eisner Award-winning writer David Lapham (Kull: The Hate Witch, Stray Bullets) and artist Mike Huddleston (Butcher Baker, The Coffin)! Collects issues #7 through #11.


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A vast conspiracy has made it nearly impossible for the CDC's Dr. Ephraim Goodweather to convince the world that there's a vampiric epidemic spreading across Manhattan. His only hope is to go head-to-head with the ancient evil responsible for the wave of bloodthirsty vamps set to drown the Big Apple... but can the strain be stopped?! Adapted for comics by Eisner Award-winn A vast conspiracy has made it nearly impossible for the CDC's Dr. Ephraim Goodweather to convince the world that there's a vampiric epidemic spreading across Manhattan. His only hope is to go head-to-head with the ancient evil responsible for the wave of bloodthirsty vamps set to drown the Big Apple... but can the strain be stopped?! Adapted for comics by Eisner Award-winning writer David Lapham (Kull: The Hate Witch, Stray Bullets) and artist Mike Huddleston (Butcher Baker, The Coffin)! Collects issues #7 through #11.

30 review for The Strain, Volume 2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    Bullet Review: So many cliches. Why does the Master Vampire give two [email protected]#$s for Ephraim and his family? Answer: Because the plot says so! Why is Nora even in this? Answer: Because we need to have a sex scene! Oh, and don't expect to see many female characters; pretty much the only ones are ones romantically tied to Ephraim (ex-wife and sex partner/"coworker" nudge-nudge-wink-wink). At least Vasiliy Fet is in this; he is by far the BEST character and made this a better read just by his presence. Don't Bullet Review: So many cliches. Why does the Master Vampire give two [email protected]#$s for Ephraim and his family? Answer: Because the plot says so! Why is Nora even in this? Answer: Because we need to have a sex scene! Oh, and don't expect to see many female characters; pretty much the only ones are ones romantically tied to Ephraim (ex-wife and sex partner/"coworker" nudge-nudge-wink-wink). At least Vasiliy Fet is in this; he is by far the BEST character and made this a better read just by his presence. Don't ask me exactly what happened in those last few pages though!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alondra Miller

    4 Stars Yyeesss, just like the book, but things devolve much quicker in the comic world.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    (in mr. Bill voice):oh, noooooo, it's the attack of the killer hairless naked-mime vampires... with Gene Simmons tongues(end of mr. Bill voice) The best part: the covers... they're really nice, but aren't really representative of the story. The "OK" parts: the story and maybe the art. The story's OK, and I get that this is a serial and more will be revealed in the following trades. But there are so many holes in this story you could fit a VW Bug through them. They may not be your run of the mill va (in mr. Bill voice):oh, noooooo, it's the attack of the killer hairless naked-mime vampires... with Gene Simmons tongues(end of mr. Bill voice) The best part: the covers... they're really nice, but aren't really representative of the story. The "OK" parts: the story and maybe the art. The story's OK, and I get that this is a serial and more will be revealed in the following trades. But there are so many holes in this story you could fit a VW Bug through them. They may not be your run of the mill vampires (and hey, at least they don't seem to glow), but the "heroes" are pretty cliché... 90-year-old nazy camp survivor vampire-hunter with a head-chopping sword, the divorced and fighting for custody of his kid ex-alcoholic CDC scientist that's always too busy to show up to court, his ex-wife (guess they dont end up together after all), his "assistant" girlfriend, the ex-wife's jerk of a boyfriend, and the cute kid. Still a couple of good concepts which I'm hoping will be explored a little further in further trades. The art's "OK" as well, but defnately goes down in quality as the story progresses.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nico

    Del Toro described these vampires as the "anti vampire." your classic vampire is beautiful, seductive, and worldly. there's nothing redeeming in del toros vampires. you would have to be insane to want to be one. they are pure total monsters. this issue was good but not quite as gripping as the first but that's often the case in series. middle books tend to be the weakest. I definitely want to read the novels now because certainly some things had to be changed Del Toro described these vampires as the "anti vampire." your classic vampire is beautiful, seductive, and worldly. there's nothing redeeming in del toros vampires. you would have to be insane to want to be one. they are pure total monsters. this issue was good but not quite as gripping as the first but that's often the case in series. middle books tend to be the weakest. I definitely want to read the novels now because certainly some things had to be changed

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    The Beginning of the End As the Strain takes hold and Dr Goodweather is on the run framed for murdering the vampiric victims of the lethal disease, New York can no longer ignore the growing horror the city is becoming. Disturbing imagery and dynamic framing make this an excellent adaptation of 'The Strain'. The Beginning of the End As the Strain takes hold and Dr Goodweather is on the run framed for murdering the vampiric victims of the lethal disease, New York can no longer ignore the growing horror the city is becoming. Disturbing imagery and dynamic framing make this an excellent adaptation of 'The Strain'.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James

    Excellent story. The characters are turning into real heroes. The conflict between vampires is also getting more complicated and intriguing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Decent adaptation of the novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The artwork is fantastic and portrays the sense of impending doom on mankind very well. My only niggle really is that although I like the graphic novels and the original book, I wasn't completely blown away by them. I do think however, that the graphic novels tell the story in a much more succinct way than the novel. An advance reader copy was kindly supplied by the publisher through Netgalley Decent adaptation of the novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The artwork is fantastic and portrays the sense of impending doom on mankind very well. My only niggle really is that although I like the graphic novels and the original book, I wasn't completely blown away by them. I do think however, that the graphic novels tell the story in a much more succinct way than the novel. An advance reader copy was kindly supplied by the publisher through Netgalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Juffer

    Propelling the plot onward, new characters are introduced. It's difficult getting a handle on who exactly they are and what roles they will play together. The art is truly awesome! However, I can't seem to stop thinking that I should have read the books first before reading the comics... Maybe the 3rd will help tie everything together better! Propelling the plot onward, new characters are introduced. It's difficult getting a handle on who exactly they are and what roles they will play together. The art is truly awesome! However, I can't seem to stop thinking that I should have read the books first before reading the comics... Maybe the 3rd will help tie everything together better!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    Just as good as the last one!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne Lydolf

    As with the first one, it simplifies the story a bit too much, making it confusing to read if you haven't read the books first. As with the first one, it simplifies the story a bit too much, making it confusing to read if you haven't read the books first.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Wonderful!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shay Atkinson

    Pure awesomeness.

  13. 4 out of 5

    sixthreezy

    Again my reviews of this graphic novel series may be a little biased because they're based off of one of my favorite books, but I enjoyed the second volume of The Strain. The only problems for me is that two things that were big to me in the book, are lost in translation here in this comic book interpretation. The fact that the recently turned seek out their loved ones is not even explained really and just assumed, when in the book it's a very big part of the story and finding Eph's son Zack. I Again my reviews of this graphic novel series may be a little biased because they're based off of one of my favorite books, but I enjoyed the second volume of The Strain. The only problems for me is that two things that were big to me in the book, are lost in translation here in this comic book interpretation. The fact that the recently turned seek out their loved ones is not even explained really and just assumed, when in the book it's a very big part of the story and finding Eph's son Zack. I wish it would have been touched on a little more for those who haven't read the book, because it was part of what made the story different. The other thing I disliked but sort of liked at the same time is that The Master was finally given a face, and a look. In the book he is vaguely described enough to let your imagination fill in the blanks and it's a very terrifying image. In the comic he's pretty much drawn out to be about as evil a vampire as you can get, and while it's cool to see how scary he was supposed to look, your imagination can almost always think of something more terrifying. The art is pretty much the same as the first go around, at times kind of cartoon-looking for the story but I can tolerate it because it still looks good. Both of these volumes of The Strain have read fairly fast too, so I know there's a lot missing from the books but it's a very good adaptation and easy to read. Originally posted at sixthreezy at the movies & more!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meran

    The Strigoi (there are only 7) are the old ones, and still resemble, can pass for, human. Yet those they infect are VERY different. Why? The 2 original CDC docs have met up with the only adversary of the strigoi, a rather old man, Abraham, who knows more about the enemy than probably anyone on Earth. But there are 2 adversaries, one about the same age as that old man who believes he can control the virus and live forever-- by becoming the 8th strigoi. And he's try rich, has many men at his beck an The Strigoi (there are only 7) are the old ones, and still resemble, can pass for, human. Yet those they infect are VERY different. Why? The 2 original CDC docs have met up with the only adversary of the strigoi, a rather old man, Abraham, who knows more about the enemy than probably anyone on Earth. But there are 2 adversaries, one about the same age as that old man who believes he can control the virus and live forever-- by becoming the 8th strigoi. And he's try rich, has many men at his beck and command. "The Master", the strigoi, has been told by that rich accomplice about the CDC doctors and has taken everything they do personally -- he infects Matt, Ephraim's ex wife Kelly's husband and takes Kelly away to taunt Ephraim. They all come together; there's a fight' but the result is unexpected. And there's a bigger consequence...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vikas

    nice comics based on the book. I love the graphics and storyline. This was very nice. My dream of being a writer is realized and I am now a Goodreads Author. I have always loved comics, and I hope that I will always love them. Even though I grew up reading local Indian comics like Raj Comics or Diamond Comics or even Manoj Comics, now's the time to catch up on the international and classic comics and Graphic novels. I am on my quest to read as many comics I can. I Love comics to bit, may comics n nice comics based on the book. I love the graphics and storyline. This was very nice. My dream of being a writer is realized and I am now a Goodreads Author. I have always loved comics, and I hope that I will always love them. Even though I grew up reading local Indian comics like Raj Comics or Diamond Comics or even Manoj Comics, now's the time to catch up on the international and classic comics and Graphic novels. I am on my quest to read as many comics I can. I Love comics to bit, may comics never leave my side. Doga is one of my most favorite character and I love him to bits and don't leave any chance to devour any of his stories. So here goes again my mission to read as many Raj comics from the beginning. My childhood re-run. I love reading this and more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Schladetsch

    I thought it was a breeze to read and I also enjoyed a lot of the drawings, I liked a lot of the concepts. I'm in the unique position as to have watched the TV show first so my TV watching experience wasn't as 'bad' as a lot of other 'Strain' fans. Too long have I heard that the TV series kind of derails the character of Nora and Eph in some cases and by reading this comic book I see that. Nora in the TV series is similar to Nora in the comic books but Nora in the comics is much more 'relatable' I thought it was a breeze to read and I also enjoyed a lot of the drawings, I liked a lot of the concepts. I'm in the unique position as to have watched the TV show first so my TV watching experience wasn't as 'bad' as a lot of other 'Strain' fans. Too long have I heard that the TV series kind of derails the character of Nora and Eph in some cases and by reading this comic book I see that. Nora in the TV series is similar to Nora in the comic books but Nora in the comics is much more 'relatable' and far less... well, damsel in distress. In fact, she was the first to take initiative against The Strain, Eph was reluctant (somewhat). I'm glad to see that in these comic books. I can't wait to read the third issue.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mike Jozic

    Nowhere near as good as the books but still a nice sidebar to add some extra colour to the trilogy of novels. The adaptation is supervised by del Toro so it is essentially 'canon' although creators Lapham and Norton were encouraged to make the story their own. A worthwhile read for fans of the books or newcomers just looking for an apocalyptic vampire thriller where the vamps are horrible killing machines that give the humans a real run for their money. Nowhere near as good as the books but still a nice sidebar to add some extra colour to the trilogy of novels. The adaptation is supervised by del Toro so it is essentially 'canon' although creators Lapham and Norton were encouraged to make the story their own. A worthwhile read for fans of the books or newcomers just looking for an apocalyptic vampire thriller where the vamps are horrible killing machines that give the humans a real run for their money.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erick Mertz

    My comments for the first issue carry over, although I think my 4-star review here is a touch lighter than it was on Issue #1. Just a touch, like 3.75-stars. Once the origin reveals and the back story manages to creep through the cracks, this becomes "just a good story" rather than a ground breaking piece of vampire/zombie styled storytelling. I'm going to read the next one, for sure, but I'm less dogged in my pursuit of volumes going forward. www.well-lightedetcetera.com My comments for the first issue carry over, although I think my 4-star review here is a touch lighter than it was on Issue #1. Just a touch, like 3.75-stars. Once the origin reveals and the back story manages to creep through the cracks, this becomes "just a good story" rather than a ground breaking piece of vampire/zombie styled storytelling. I'm going to read the next one, for sure, but I'm less dogged in my pursuit of volumes going forward. www.well-lightedetcetera.com

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    A good read, but not as great as the first book. Without having read the novel, or watched the tv series, one might be confused about characters as this book jumps around a bit and the introduction of the newer characters is lacking. A lot of action too, which is good, but we don't delve into the lore as much as I would have liked. A good read, but not as great as the first book. Without having read the novel, or watched the tv series, one might be confused about characters as this book jumps around a bit and the introduction of the newer characters is lacking. A lot of action too, which is good, but we don't delve into the lore as much as I would have liked.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    Just as good as the first volume. The illustrations really bring the story to life. While not completely like the novel, still an enjoyable read. I think fans of the novel series and lovers of graphic novelizations will enjoy this volume.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sergio

    Like the preceding volume, I can`t find anything wrong with this graphic novel. Both the author and the drawer are top notch in their attempt to put into the comic medium Del Toro and Hogan's work. Highly recommended. Like the preceding volume, I can`t find anything wrong with this graphic novel. Both the author and the drawer are top notch in their attempt to put into the comic medium Del Toro and Hogan's work. Highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Pimentel

    Volume 2 was awesome! Volume 2 was just as good as volume 1. I'm definitely getting the next chapter next week. thank you Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan and the people who developed the comic at Dark Horse comics, you've done a awesome job. Volume 2 was awesome! Volume 2 was just as good as volume 1. I'm definitely getting the next chapter next week. thank you Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan and the people who developed the comic at Dark Horse comics, you've done a awesome job.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Carlton

    The visualization of the vampires from the books is down right creepy!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I'm ploughing through this series! It's a very entertaining read, and this one finished on an excellent cliff hanger :) I'm ploughing through this series! It's a very entertaining read, and this one finished on an excellent cliff hanger :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dan Friedman

    Great artwork good story

  26. 5 out of 5

    M.i.

    Picking up where the last volume left off. The vampire plague has taken over the city and soon to be world, but a few factions including that of the supernatural kind are determined to prevent it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tenisha

    Intense. Even better than the first volume, I'm excited to see where the story goes from here. Intense. Even better than the first volume, I'm excited to see where the story goes from here.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Not a fan of the drawing style, but the story is great. Honestly, I'd recommend just reading the books, they are much better. Not a fan of the drawing style, but the story is great. Honestly, I'd recommend just reading the books, they are much better.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Another fantastic graphic novel continuing the Strain trilogy. The novels are awesome and I love the show so I am very much enjoying the graphic novels now.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shelita

    Very interesting seeing the story play out in graphic novel form.

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