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30 Days of Night

A book by Steve Niles

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Terrific art, great story

  • Sep 7, 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 moving before you're being eaten alive...)
It reminds me of the camera work on NYPD Blue when it first came out. A lot of people who didn't like it just didn't get it that there was a purpose behind both the moving camera shots and the "still" ones.
To the story, do you always need a "new" take on vampires to like it? You got a problem with cliches? I don't. A town in dark Alaska with nothing going on is attacked by a horde of vampires. That's the story in one line. I left out the details because I would be giving away too much.
The twists and turns make this a story to enjoy not once, not twice but over and again.
It is a graphic novel - the artwork and the storyline are as one. Ben Templesmith's terrific pictures and Steve Niles' tight and at times very funny dialogue make this book a great add to my - and I hope everybody's collection.
IDW is publishing the trilogy (of which his is part 1) as a HC soon. All three parts can be read seperately though. And then there's the movie scheduled for release October 30 2007

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October 23, 2010
Great review
October 26, 2010
Thank you, FM Alex. It's a great book.
More 30 Days of Night reviews
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, …
review by . August 11, 2005
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 …
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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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