Review: 30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night is an incredibly clever vampire tale from Steve Niles, with some fantastic art to back it up, but its sadly a bit disapointing.  The basic premise is one of those so ingenius that I can’t believe no one tried it before ideas, vampires come to Barrow, Alaska.  This is the northernmost point in the US, a town where the sun sets for 30 days, making it perfect for a vampire feeding frenzy.

Which is exactly what happens over the course of 3 issues, and not much else.  Vampires appear, town gets massacred, hero manages to chase them away (although in another pretty clever way), 3 issues and done.  And while this might make for a pretty good story, it doesn’t leave enough time to get to know any of the characters.  And without a connection to a single person in the story, the horror falls a bit flat.

Fortunately there’s Ben Templesmith’s career launching art to elevate the book a bit.  He very much comes from the Ashely Wood/Barron Storey/Bill Sienkiewicz school of surreal/expressionistic art.  But Templesmith usually manages to avoid the murkiness associated with many of his peers, using color well (even if it is just red in this book), and showing some real storytelling chops.  And his art gets even better from here.

So, not a great book, but one with a premise that is almost enough to make it worth a read alone.  And the art manages to push it over into being a must read, but just barely.

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2 Comments on “Review: 30 Days of Night”

  1. wolfshowl Says:

    Did this get made into a movie? I swear a saw a movie preview with the exact same premise.

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