Saturday, June 16, 2018

30 Days of Night #6 Review

How much do these Vampires suck?

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 13, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Review by: Pauly P

I’ll be honest: I haven’t read any of the Five previous issues of 30 Days of Night. I had no idea what I was jumping into when I volunteered to review it for the site. How does it do for a new reader to jump into? Let’s check it out and see if we can make sense of it. 

We get a literal cold open- Vincente and his army of vampires have tracked who I assume are the “good guys” to the arctic circle, which is mentioned is forbidden. Vampires are legends, a spooky story humans tell. If they actually believe in Vampires, they will hunt them to extinction. What’s a scarf, sunglasses and sport coat wearing evil Vampire lord to do? Murder any survivors remaining, and burn the town to the ground, and kill the ones who went to the forbidden city in the first place. Hey, no one ever claimed Vampires were a reasonable lot. Must be the lack of Vitamin D.

Vincente’s murderous rampage is interrupted by the return of Eben (also a vampire), and an extremely violent and bloody fistfight happen while the town burns in the background, before Eben literally puts his fist through Vincente’s skull and ends him, as the lone survivor of Barrow (I couldn’t find her name anywhere) gets to make out with Eben with the backdrop of burning flesh and presumably the screams of anyone unfortunate enough to still be alive when the burning happened. Vampire porn! Meanwhile, Vincente’s army wanders off as the sun rises. 

Bits and Pieces:

This was a really quick read, and unlike anything, I have read recently. With the big 2 essentially stagnating this is a great chance to read something new. It’s violent, graphic and there wasn’t much substance to this issue. To be fair though, it seemed like the culmination of a fight teased much earlier I wasn’t privy to. The art is very pencil heavy, but not to the point of whiskers. The earlier scenes in the snow before the violence happens is scary and vaguely unsettling which really works with the story.  Not the ideal issue to jump in on, but a quick and straightforward (I think)read. 


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