"30 Days of Night #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by IDW Publishing
Written by Steve Niles
Illustrated by Piotr Kowalski
Colored by Brad Simpson
Lettered by Tom B. Long
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 13th, 2018
After 29 days of terror, there are still some humans left alive in Barrow after a horde of vampires descended upon the town. A group of elders has come in to chastise these upstart bloodsuckers, but the damage has already been done. Now Stella and the last few survivors hope to make it through one last night as vampires are fighting it out all around them.
If you thought the blood and gore in this series up until this point was crazy, just wait until you see what artist Piotr Kowalski has in store for the final issue of 30 Days of Night. It is off the charts. Heads literally roll, among other body parts and internal organs. Kowalski has a talent for capturing unique moments in the heat of battle, such as a punch landing in just the right way or a bullet tearing through a face. It makes for some gruesome imagery that is right at home in this title.
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Colorist Brad Simpson puts this over the top, setting the tone for each scene. The issue opens in a somber, calm before the storm mood as the snow falls peacefully on this small Alaskan town. Then, when the violence breaks out, the pages are filled with a stunning red, both in reality as blood is spilled and in feeling as tempers flair. As the town begins to burn, fires loom in the distance, casting a foreboding light on everyone.
This issue wraps up this mini-series and while the ending is satisfying, it does feel a little rushed. The plot makes some jumps that could have been fleshed out more, so we're left with a bunch of questions. Not all of these have to be answered, but it would have been nice to see these elements explored a little further. It makes me think back to the first few issues and how long it took to set up the vampire invasion before the elders even made an appearance.
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Writer Steve Niles introduces an idea of these different vampire factions, like generations among its people. Each sees the world and their place in it in a unique way, which has led to this bloody battle at the top of the world. It makes you wonder which one is right in their beliefs and who will ultimately come out on top.
30 Days of Night was already a quintessential vampire comic. This remake reinforces that standing and provides a new look at the now classic tale. The ending is a bit abrupt, but there's more than enough to enjoy here with some incredible visuals that any horror fan will enjoy.