Dark Horse Comics has been running a series of teasers ahead of a big San Diego Comic Con announcement tonight.
Variety however have beaten them to the punch, announcing a Dark Horse Comics adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s sci-fi vampire novel trilogy The Strain.
Del Toro has had strong links to the company since he directed the two Dark Horse Helboy movies, but this will be his first actual comics work. The Strain will be a 24 issue series told over two years as 8 issues each of The Strain, The Fall and The Eternal by David Lapham (Caligula) and Mike Huddletson (MK Ultra). Three collections will then be published from late 2012, and the series will be published day-and-date digital.
Variety quotes Del Toro as saying “I supervise everything. I give my opinion on the art, the covers, the screenplays. [Lapham] is capturing the novel very well.”
The book “follows a biohazard expert and elderly Holocaust survivor who fight a virus turning New York City residents into zombie-like vampires. In the 2010 follow-up “The Fall,” the virus spreads and war breaks out between Old and New World vampires. Del Toro and Hogan recently finished the final novel, “The Night Eternal,” due from William Morrow in October.”