Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Steven Niles
Artist: Ben Templesmith
Release Date: 4/2004
30 Days of Night is a really interesting and unique take on vampires. Dark Days take place shortly after the original series. Stella Olemaun heads to Los Angeles where she is trying to expose the Barrow, Alaska attack via a book. Certain vampires are after her including the Queen and the comic gets pretty intense.
I loved how things just happened unabashed like the main characters dying off. It just happened out of nowhere and shocked me and the comic just moved on. Ben Templesmith’s art continues to bring the series to life and gives it a very dark and gruesome atmosphere. Stella isn’t really on the run which is a nice change. The vampires are afraid of her and respect her, but a change of events happens. She ends up trying to get her husband back who died in Barrow but I won’t say how. The whole series is so well-paced and keeps you turning pages.
I really can’t complain about this series except that it’s too short. I really wanted to see it go on but it ended right when you were most curious. I love Stella’s attitude she’s both brave and makes stupid choices at the same time. She’s a bit too bold and cocky, but also sensitive in a way. Her undying love for her husband is really touching and the other characters are great. I honestly recommend this series to anyone who read the original series. Newcomers should stay away because you will have to have read the original series to understand what’s going on here.