The Strain: Mister Quinlan–Vampire Hunter #1 – Review
Writer: David Lapham
Penciller: Edgar Salazar
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: Dan Jackson<
Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
I’m pretty sure I’ve said this in other reviews, but I love Dark Horse Comics, and this title is no exception. The Strain: Mister Quinlan–Vampire Hunter #1 masterfully combines two things that I love very much: gladiator style combat and vicious vampire gore and violence. Putting a very new twist on two very overused plot lines, this story is set in Ancient Rome during the Caligula era.
It seems that the nuttiest emperor of them all had a vampire confidant named Thrax that did his bidding in exchange for a weekly allotment of seven beautiful virgins to devour. All went according to plan until one night, coincidentally on one of many assassination attempts on Caligula, (remember he was crazy) a woman who just so happened to be pregnant, got mixed up with the virgins that were to be devoured, which really messed up the vampires plans. Thrax was set to kill her and her unborn child, but was summoned to defend his emperor which gave his pregnant captor enough time to overpower her guards and escape with her newfound vampire strength.
Upon the birth of her child, a son, they made a life for themselves the best way they could being vile creatures of the night and all. One fateful day the vampire dad came back to finish what he started kills mom and our boy gets captured and sold into the gladiators life. Where he who now goes by Bellator Candidus (The White Warrior) is seemingly happy until daddy came to collect his head.
The art in this tale is masterfully done and shows really great polish which is awesome set in the very bright and majestic Roman era. The fighting and scenes of violence were deliciously filled with blood and guts. The writing is masterful in its own right blending fantasy and history together effortlessly. I can easily see this title become the next great fantasy movie franchise.