Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: The Strain, Book One (Graphic Novel)

The Strain, Book One (The Strain, Volumes 1-2)The Strain, Book One by David Lapham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free eARC of this graphic novel from NetGalley.

Not to be confused with The Strain, Volume 1. This baby is actually both volumes 1 & 2, comprising the adaptation of the entire novel, The Strain. I was pleased to discover that this was a massive graphic novel set, covering issues 1-11. I read the original novel a few years ago, so I was glad to get hold of a graphic novel that was that whole book, rather than a fragment of it.

That said, the story was very good here. It was very consistent with the novel, keeping the spirit of the original story while transforming it to a reader friendly visual form. Some adaptations don't work, losing the author's storytelling voice. But del Toro and Hogan's story is still here with this one, to go along with some pretty good artwork.

As a fan of the series, I must say I'm happy with the transformation. I'm also looking forward to the upcoming television series...

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