I have made no secret of my disdain for Stephanie Meyer and her Twilight series. What Meyer and her gaggle of teenage estrogen bots and middle aged lonely couch mamas have done to the iconic and deadly night creature; the vampire, is akin to taking your proud canine companion to the local vet and neutering the wild out of him.
In 30 Days of Night, Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith unapologetically puts those balls right back on! While he is at it he attaches a mouthful of fangs and a grotesque hunger for blood and gore that would make any shimmering, high school trolling, pedophile named Edward piss himself. There is no team this or team that, when these vampires come to town you better hide.
“…The northernmost community in north America, it lies 10 miles south of Point Barrow from which it takes its name. It is a town used to two things, temperatures averaging below zero and darkness. The climate of Barrow is arctic, temperatures range from cold as shit to fucking freezing. The sun doesn’t set between May 10th and August 2nd and doesn’t rise between November 18th and December 17th. This is the last day the sun will shine for 30 days…”
30 days without daylight, that is when the vampires come.
30 Days of Night Omnibus puts together the three mini-series; 30 Days of Night, Dark Days and Return to Barrow. It in effect tells the story of one of the lone survivors of the initial vampire attack, Stella Olemaun and her mission to tell the world of what happened that dark winter in Barrow. The story is awesome and bloody and dark and bloody and suspenseful and bloody…
It’s a goddamn vampire story in graphic novel format. What is being done in American Vampire today definitely has it roots in what Niles and Templesmith did in 30 Days of Night.
Its a fun and horror filled ride. Pick it up!