Graphic Novel Review | 30 Days of Night: Night, Again by Joe R. Lansdale
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30 Days of Night: Night, Again by Joe R. Lansdale
Illustrator: Sam Kieth
Series: 30 Days of Night
on November 15th 2011
Genres: Adult, Horror, Media Tie-In
View on: Goodreads
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About the Book:
Fleeing the site of a secondary vampire infestation in the cold, wilds of Alaska, a band of survivors arrive at a climate change facility during the final days of a long period of extended daylight. The inhabitants of the research compound are trying to determine the nature of a strange object found in the ice when the survivors arrive, leading to a frightening and bloody confrontation between humans and vampires - and an odd and unexpected guest! This title is written by acclaimed horror writer Joe R. Lansdale and featuring horrifically beautiful art by Sandman co-creator Sam Kieth.
Survivors? Check. Blood, gore, and vampires sopping up blood off the floor after they nail someone to a wall? Check, check and double-check. An interesting story? Not worth the check.
Let me first start off by saying that I do not know 30 Days of Night outside of the movies. However, I instantly became a fan of the movies and knew this was a series I would want to follow to get my vampire fix. And once I saw the new issue available on Net Galley, I was ecstatic to download it to my computer and fall in love with the comics just like I did with the movie. But to my surprise, after reading the comic (several times) I am left feeling underwhelmed and wondering what the heck is going on.
The overall art style in my opinion is amazing. Legendary artist Sam Keith created a fantastic and believable world of grotesque vampires painted across a wintry Alaskan backdrop. Some comic enthusiasts may not like the graphics. Granted it’s not a crisp or clean style, and the pages are not decorated with beautiful bright eye-catching colors. But for a comic of this genre I really didn’t care that bright and shiny was missing. I love what Keith painted. The images have a unique watercolor feeling. Gritty, slanted, abstract, and meshed together, the colors create characters that turn into blood draining vampires and scared/hostile survivors. The art style gives you the sense that you are wrapped up in a bleak and desolate world, with no light or hope of escape. So, two thumbs up on that part. Now let’s move on to the story.
Here is where the comic derails my interest. Despite my high praises of the art style, the story is severely lacking. For issue #1 in a new series in the 30 Days of Night universe, I expected to be blown away and dying for the next issue. But the only thing I am left feeling is blah, and that I might or might not, read #2. Yes I do believe the purpose of any first issue it to set up the story. And yes I do believe that is what this issue accomplished. Sadly what it does not accomplish is the WOW factor, the one attention grabbing thing that happens in the story that will instantly suck me into the universe and hold me there for eternity. It’s unfortunate that this first issue did not have a WOW factor. I wanted to love this story and wanted to be inspired to take the journey with the survivors fighting along beside them, growing and learning information as they do. Be that as it may, now my attention could go either way, back to the story or to another comic altogether.
In spite of that disappointing aspect, I am confident that the WOW factor is coming. The vampire leader would make a formidable villain, and I am interested to see what is in that torpedo tube the Nazi’s fired out in 1943. It also looks as if they are setting up the survivor leader to be some sort of I-don’t-want-this-job-but-have-it-anyway badass. This sometimes can give us a strong main character, such as Jack Shepard from LOST. I don’t know if the MC will be of that magnitude but, I am hopeful.