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Review: 30 Days of Night Ongoing: Issue #1

Title: 30 Days of Night Ongoing Issue #1

Writer: Steve Niles

Artist: Sam Kieth, Davide Furno

Colors: Jay Fotos

Lettering: Neil Uyetake

Editing: Denton J. Tipton

Genre: Horror

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.”

The Review:

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.

Notable Scene:

30 Days of Night Ongoing: Issue #1

The 30 Days of Night Ongoing Series:

1. 30 Days of Night Ongoing: Issue #1

2. 30 Days of Night Ongoing: Issue #2

3. 30 Days of Night Ongoing: Issue #3

4. 30 Days of Night Ongoing: Issue #4

5. 30 Days of Night Ongoing: Issue #5

6. 30 Days of Night Ongoing: Issue #6

FTC Advisory: IDW Publishing graciously provided me with a copy of 30 Days of NightNo 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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