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30 Days of Night

A book by Steve Niles

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Bloody and Brilliant

  • Aug 11, 2005
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Gore soaked, and lit in shadows, 30 Days of Night is one of the best vampire based comic books ever offered. Forget Joss Wheaton's lovable camp, or Morbius's dark brooding in the pages of Spider-Man. No, the vampires here are remorseless, brutal, and above all else cunning. They stop at nothing, and want only death. They are not harmed by wooden crosses, holy water, or stakes, nor are they stopped by running water.

The only thing that can stop them is the sun. Unfortunately for the residents of Barrow, Alaska, the sun has just set and will not rise for 30 days, and the vampires have arrived in mass, to kill, too feed. Though I will not offer spoilers I will say the ending is surprisingly touching, leaving a sweet, melancholy note to the entire affair.

Steve Niles's script is very good, better than most on the market, and Ben Templesmith reminds me very much of Bill Sienkiewicz, who's better known work includes Eletrka Assassin. Eclectic and energetic, the art is interesting and visually captivating.

Over all, this isn't the run of the mill graphic novel, and it has a very underground feel to it. It edgy and fun in a very dark way, and recommended to underground comic fans especially.

This graphic collects 30 Days of Night #1-3 and has the script for issue #1.

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review by . September 07, 2007
Some say this is nothing new. I don't know what they are talking about.   The art is awesome - look at the images I put in.   Some panels are like dark movie stills, showing the angst and the horror to come, others are funny with a very dark and edgy humor to it, and some are as if unfinished, blurry, but mostly when there is action or something waiting to happen. That way the "unfinished" art work gives you the feeling things are about to move (or you as the reader better get …
review by . July 12, 2006
It's a perfectly horrible story. And it's a perfectly wonderful tale.    "30 Days of Night" is the brainchild of Steve Niles, who pondered the notion of a town in northern Alaska, where the sun sets for a full month in wintertime. What place would be better for a gathering of vampires, after all? It seems like an obvious idea, but I've never run across it before -- and Niles has certainly given the story its due.    The novel begins on the last day of sunlight, …
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The story of an isolated Alaskan town that is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only the small town's husband-and-wife Sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction.

This special edition Trade Paperback includes 8 all-new story pages and Steve Niles script for the first issue.

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ISBN-10: 0971977550
ISBN-13: 978-0971977556
Author: Steve Niles
Publisher: IDW Publishing

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