In Review: The Strain: Mr Quinlan – Vampire Hunter #1

This is the comic book that fans of 'The Strain' have been waiting for.

Synopsis: The origin of Mr. Quinlan! A vampiric abomination seeks to destroy the monster that sired him. Born as a mistake of a powerful vampire known as the Master and raised in the brutal gladiatorial arenas of ancient Rome, Mr. Quinlan must survive long enough to carry out his mission when his target begins hunting him. Go back to the beginnings of a popular characterfrom The Strain.

Review: This is the comic book that fans of ‘The Strain’ have been waiting for.

If like myself. Your a fan of the horror series and have also developed somewhat of an interest in the origin of Mr. Quinlan. Then you will really get a kick out of this.

The story is pretty the origin story of the popular character and traces his story back to the beginning where The Master was a member of the court of the mad Emperor Caligula. And during his time in the court he’d advise, but in his off hours he’d have young virgin woman brought to him to feed off of. However when one of the ladies he feeds off of is pregnent. The master tries to have her killed. She gets away and raises the Masters young son Mr Quinlan as best as she knows how. Even though she is more animal than human. She still nurtures the young Quinlan.

This first issue looks mostly at the boys relationship with his mother and eventually leads to when he starts to fight in the gladiatorial arenas of Rome while always trying to stay clear of The Master until he is ready to take his revenge.

The story is written by David Lapham who obviously has both an appreciation for ‘The Strain’ as well as a fairly decent knowledge of Ancient Rome. I particularly enjoyed how the writer presented the story as being told to us in past tenths by Quinlan.

The artwork by Edgar Salazar is pretty impressive. I loved the panels in which we saw the various vampire characters feeding because they were as graphic as you can get on the comic book page. I also liked his attention to detail with the various uniforms and weaponry of the roman centurions in the story.

If your a fan of ‘The Strain’. You’ll really appreciate this comic. Dark Horse as always continue to deliver their extremely high standards when it comes to their comics that tie in with TV series.


The Strain: Mr Quinlan - Vampire Hunter #1
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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