The Strain: Mister Quinlan- Vampire Hunter #1
Comic Review by Paul Fiander
Writer: David Lapham
Penciller: Edgar Salazar
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Published by Dark Horse Comics on 14th September 2016
The Strain’s adaptation from novel to comic was a real success as David Lapham crafted a script that kept true to the original without it feeling stale. Well he is at it again as he takes on the origins of one of the best characters from the original in Mr Quinlan. In a origin that feels very akin to that of Blade, Quinlan is a deviation from the usual vampire form as his creation is through his pregnant mother being turned. This is all explained in the series as we get to the best vampire hunter there is beginning his life in the heyday of the Roman empire.
Lapham pens the fast moving script expertly as we move through Quinlan's first years of life at a fleet footed pace. There are moments of tension on seemingly every few pages (though it's more like every 5) this allows Edgar Salazar's pencils (finished by Keith Champagne’s inks) the chance to shine as we see Quinlan.
If you are new to the Strain then this is still an issue you can jump into, though if you can go back to the start then it’s a great series to get into.