Arist Mike Huddleston (Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker) had his work cut out for him when he was brought on to illustrate Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's vampire novel trilogy The Strain in comics. The series' monsters sport disturbingly unique biology that sets them apart from contemporary vamps requiring some serious collaboration between Huddleston, comic series writer David Lapham (Stray Bullets, DeadpoolMAX) and the team behind the source material to ensure not only accuracy, but to emphasize just how disgusting dealing with the threat of a virus that transforms normal humans into deadly parasitic freaks. Keen to share some of the carnage that's in store for readers in The Strain #1 on December 14, Dark Horse Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a seven-page preview, along with several of Huddleston's preliminary sketches of the title's hideous horrors. Take a look after the jump.From Dark Horse Comics' official solicitation info:

When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Center for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event-an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness.

Check out the first seven interior pages of The Strain #1, plus some of Huddleston's preliminary vampire sketches below:

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Sketch Gallery