Writer: Steve Niles
Colors: Jay Fotos
Lettering: Neil Uyetake
Editing: Denton J. Tipton
Series: 30 Days of Night Ongoing
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Format: Comic Book, 32 Pages
Reviewed by: Sheila
Fright-master Steve Niles returns to the creation that launched his career for an all-new 30 DAYS OF NIGHT ongoing series, with warped genius Sam Kieth (creator of THE MAXX) joining in the bloodletting! A letter from Barrow, Alaska, carries a cryptic warning to a young, curious woman, which leads her down the rabbit hole and face-to-face with her desire… and likely her demise. Elsewhere in Los Angeles, a vampire resurrection ignites, which could threaten the very way of life of all mankind. Features an all-new cast characters being introduced to the world of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT for the first time!
Quick & Dirty: This is a dark comic about one woman’s obsession with vampires. Too bad they are not the warm and cuddly kind.
Opening Sentence: “This is completely unacceptable.”
I am uncool. There. I have admitted it out loud. I had no idea what 30 Days of Night was until I was asked to read this comic book. And what it is in a word: CREEPY.
This new version of the classic 30 Days follows a young lady by the name of Alice Blood. She is looking for evidence of vampires through her website, Desperately Seeking Vampire. While on a tip, she gets what she asked for. Now what? In the meantime, it seems that a civil war is brewing within the ranks of the undead. The Elders and their traditional views of hiding versus the new vampires and their god-complexes. Any bets on who will win that one? Either way, humans look to be (if you can forgive the pun) the sheep in a room full of hungry wolves. Is there a way to avoid bloodshed before the whole thing turns into a war of epic proportions?
The whole issue is a tease. A little taste of this world’s psycho vampires and their motivations. A little look into the type of woman apparently obsessed with finding a real vampire. A little hint of previous stories involving the infamous Barrow, Alaska. Lots of references to events that I know nothing about but enough information to let me follow along.
The artwork is impressive. It’s gritty and dark, without it coming out comical. The eyes on the vampires are a nice touch. It makes it easier to identify the bad guys. But I will say that the teeth kind of freak me out. Maybe that’s the point? Seriously, the artwork is what makes the whole thing for me. It gives it a much more horror feel than with just words alone could accomplish.
Overall, it got my attention. At least, just enough for me to want to know what happens next. I reserve the right to not read the other 30 Days of Night released until this one ends. Though I may have to watch the movie in the meantime. The only downside I found was the size (27 pages without the extras at the end) – it is a comic book after all.
The 30 Days of Night Ongoing Series:
FTC Advisory: IDW Publishing graciously provided me with a copy of 30 Days of Night. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment I received are hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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