The Strain: The Silver Angel was a digital one-shot from the minds behind The Strain and The Strain: The Fall series. It follows two gang leaders who have formed a tenuous alliance to fight against the vampiric menace and their secret weapon is a man, once known as the luchador, The Silver Angel!
Written by David Lapham with art duties by Lee Loughbridge, it tells one small story in the war against the vampires.
Let’s take a look.
Okay, I’m not a fan of wrestling, American or Mexican, I think the whole thing is ridiculous and frankly, especially for American wrestling, my estimation of a person’s intelligence drops dramatically once I find out that he or she watches WWE. Now for Mexican wrestling, I think it was a little more entertaining, I’ve seen most of the El Santo movies from the 50s and 60s and they’re campy fun. They’re just as fake and fixed as anything the WWE does, but at least they’re entertaining.
That said, this digital mini really isn’t about wrestling, it’s about heroism and defending the people you love, long after people think you’re a has-been. Angel Guzman Hurtado is a former luchador. He was the champion, but following a catastrophic leg injury, he had to retire and, being largely uneducated, the only thing he was qualified to do was wash dishes in a small restaurant. Still, he dreams of the days when he was king of the ring and we see, through a series of flashbacks, how he was adored and respected by the wrestling community. He is adored by the daughter of the owners of the restaurant, who do not respect her and always think she’s going to hell, until the vampires attack and turn the restaurant into a vampire party, Angel has to once again don his Silver Angel gear and take care of business.
The digital series, which ran in June 2014, just prior to the show’s premiere on FX, is actually a different take on the vampire apocalypse. While Hurtado does appear in The Strain novels, in the comics at least, he comes off as a very sympathetic character, he’s done no wrong, he’s gotten shit on by life after being largely abandoned by his fans, showing that fame is fleeting. He dreams of his glory days and cares deeply for the Indian daughter and, although it is a little heartbreaking, sets her free.
If you’re a fan of the whole Strain phenomenon, then certainly you should give this digital mini a look. It’s not much of a time commitment but it gives somewhat of a different spin on the series, that everyone can make a difference and heroes hide right under our noses.