Review: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT #3

11 years  after the release of 30 Days and Nights a 2007 American horror film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name, Steve Niles is teaming up with IDW again for a re-imagining of the story that focuses on an Alaskan town beset by vampires as it enters into a thirty-day long polar night.

This week sees the third issue drop for the reboot of Steve Niles’ horror comic classic, 30 Days of Night.  While many fans, including myself, weren’t quite sure what to expect, I can say that the changes were definitely interesting.  Whereas the original 3-issue series focused on the why, this series focuses on the how and feels more like a tactical handbook on siege procedures.

Thus far through the first 3 issues, the Vampires have kept the town’s citizens geographically contained in urban areas, cut them off from communications, and in textbook invasion tactics disrupted command and control communications by killing off leadership in order to sow confusion.

Piotr Kowalski and Brad Simpson are on board for the series artwork.  The visuals do an excellent job of complementing the story.  Simpson’s use of tones is really good at showing the gravitas of the moment, and that these vampires clearly mean business.  My one complaint is that sometimes it’s hard to gauge how big the town is and where things are located, so the context of distance covered over time is lost which could be central to the story.

Whether you are familiar with Niles’ original series or not, 30 Days of Night is a comic that horror comic fans and horror screenplay writers should be reading.  Issue three of 30 Days of Night sets up for a gory yet intelligent ride that promises to distinguish this series from the original.

Out of 5 stars I give it a 3. This isn’t a stand-alone issue; however, the series as a whole has been great, I’m definitely can’t wait for issue #4 whenever it comes out.  So, if you’re a vampire enthusiast or horror fan I would recommend picking up a copy of this issue. 30 Days of Night #3 comes with 4 covers. The Regular Cover A is by Ben Templesmith, the Cover B is by Variant Piotr Kowalski & Aurore Folny Cover, the Cover C is by Gabriel Rodriguez Variant Cover. If you want to something a little more exclusive, the rarest of the four is the Cover D (1:15) drawn by Ben Templesmith (estimated 664 print) might be the way to go. Either way you are going to have 4  options to speculate on or enjoy just for the read.

(W) Steve Niles (CA) Aurore Folny (A/CA) Piotr Kowalski

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