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Dark Days (30 Days of Night, Book 2) [Paperback]

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This story follows Stella Olemaun's efforts to warn the world about the threat the vampires pose - the vampires who overran Barrow, Alaska, killing her husband and most of the town. With an exclusive introduction by screenwriter Eric Red (The Hitcher, Near Dark), the flat-out terror of Dark Days will reaffirm the dominance of Niles and Templesmith over the realm of illustrated horror fiction.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 10.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 21, 2004
Publisher   IDW Publishing
ISBN  193238216X  
ISBN13  9781932382167  

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More About Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith & Jeff Mariotte

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steve Niles is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back into prominence, and he currently works for the six top American comic publishers--Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, IDW Publishing, and Radical Comics. He is the creator of "30 Days of Night "and its six sequels, "Criminal Macabre", "Wake the Dead", "Alistair Arcane", "Freaks of the Heartland", and "The Lurkers "(all adapted or in development as feature films), and the writer of "Batman: Gotham After Midnight "and "Simon Dark". He lives in Los Angeles.

Steve Niles currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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Satisfying sequel to the best vampire comic on the market  Sep 16, 2008
With the hero of the first 30 Days of Night out of commission, you wondered if the series could continue to grow in sequels. While not as large a character in the first book, author Steve Niles has managed to turn Eben's wife, Stella Olemaun, into an equally compelling protagonist in Dark Days. It's almost hard to recognize this now sexy but rugged heroine as the same simple small town deputy who was once scared to death in the first book, but she has managed to become the vampire fiction version of Ripley in Aliens.

Now far away from the traumatic memories of Barrow, Alaska, Stella is a writer with her own vampire hunting entourage. Determined to flush the secret of vampires out into the mainstream world, she tours the college circuit trying to convince people that what happened in Barrow was real, although her book has been labeled fiction. It's difficult to believe that she suddenly has enough funds to drive a Hummer and equip her entourage with state-of-the-art weaponry, but that's probably my only issue with book two in the 30 Days of Night series.

The vampire world takes note of Stella and is determined to end her existence. Meanwhile, the vampire hunters in New Orleans from the first book track her down and try to give her a copy of the live feed from the helicopter that crashed in Barrow as they attempted to help her and the residents of Barrow. Realizing that proof of their existence is now closer than ever, the vampires increase their efforts and Stella is forced to resort to extreme measures for survival.

The art in Dark Days is another wonderful performance by Ben Templesmith who perfectly matches his dark and blurry avant garde style to a sunless claustrophobic world. Just like the first book, while the style increases the author's intended mood, it sometimes makes details difficult to identify and probably my biggest complaint is that I sometimes can't distinguish injuries. A minor scratch or a lethal headblow have equal amounts of gory blood spewing everywhere, and it's sometimes cumbersome to figure out who was affected until the text spells it out.

The story further explores the vampire mythology set by Steve Niles. For the first time, we realize that not all vampires are evil bloodsuckers with one agenda, and this further confuses the character of Stella Olemaun as she always thought her husband died a martyr to prevent his transformation into one of these menacing forces. We also meet more ruling elites in the vampire world, only this time it focuses on some of the more powerful female ghouls.

Dark Days is a terrific sequel and manages to give its new characters and setting the same love that made those elements so endearing in the first book. The ending in book two is a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting for more, but I'll ruin it if I spell out the details. So far, so good, books one and two of the 30 Days of Night series are highly recommended for anyone who loves horror and vampires, and justify why this series has been given so many sequels from IDW.

Biting Sequel  Nov 6, 2007
After the film adaptation of 30 Days of Night received only so-so reviews, instead of waiting for the movie on DVD, I decided to take a look at the original comics/graphic novels created by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.

Interestingly, 30 days was originally fielded unsuccessfully to studios as a screenplay before Niles hooked up with Templesmith to create the comic. Once the comic came out, even studios that had originally rejected the movie pitch were knocking down the 30 Days creators' doors to get the film rights (according to a 10/18/2007 article).

Anyway, when I looked up 30 Days at this site, I found that more than just one version existed. There is the original 30 Days of Night; there is #2 called Dark Days; and there is #3 called Return to Barrow. There are even more in the series too, but the above three complete the trilogy created by the original partnership of Niles & Templesmith.

The first is the story of vampires that invade a small town (called Barrow in Alaska) at dusk on the first evening of 30 days before the sun will rise again. The second story is one of revenge; a survivor of the first story hunts and seeks to expose the existence of vampires; and the third story has the brother of a victim from the first story returning to Barrow to discover and expose the awful truth of what originally happened in the town.

The first 30 Days story is what the movie was based on. It's a fast read that took about an hour to get through. As an effect, the way the vampire's lines are written in the text bubbles is crooked, thin-fonted and sloppy; I suppose this was to trying to illustrate the sound of the vampire's voice, but it mostly made for some hard to read, headache inducing text bubbles.

Dark Days and Return were good, but not great like the original. But it was an overall fun series. I'll probably pick up the November 2007 release of 30 Days Of Night: Eben And Stella that picks up and fills an interesting gap between Dark Days and Return to Barrow. Niles is back for Eben and Stella, but Templesmith is out.

As for the movie 30 Days of Night, I'll check that out too after it comes out on DVD and let you if it really 'bites' like others have said it does.
Dark Days doesn't disappoint  Nov 3, 2007
A strong sequel in the 30 Days of Night series. Niles and Templesmith once again prove their talents in the graphic horror genre remain razor-sharp. Though the book is certain to satisfy even the most hardcore fan's appetite for fleshrending monsters of the night, the compelling, character-driven story and award winning art makes this a "must read" for even the causal reader.
Vitamin D backlights: it gets the red out!!  Oct 31, 2007
After Barrow, a few people (19 according to Return to Barrow and a couple from New Orleans) are left to pick up the pieces. In the quest to do so, a book entitled 30 Days of Night is written, visual evidence is examined, and a war spills out from the shadows atop the world to the streets of L.A. It has to be one of the best sequels I've read in some time.

In Dark Days, readers find themselves treated to some of the same people moving through a new story arch with the same stylized artwork, showcasing what Niles and Templesmith can do. Niles takes the siege of Barrow and puts a lot of pieces from that in play, including the loose ends that came from New Orleans. I liked the blend of the old with the blend of the new, and I especially liked the way the story moved because it was really amazing. I like what Templesmith does in this book, too, because he takes the minimalism we saw in Barrow and incorporates it into the very shadows and brings life to them. Sometimes it seems like the pictures seem to warp, bending with pieces of life all their own. I also like the hidden things that are sometimes placed in pictures, like the billboard for "Crack" flavored soft drinks.
It makes for great bedtime reading.

For those who liked 30 Days of Night, you'll really like the continuation. Even if you didn't like the first installation you may find the second more interesting, with the story coming alive and adding in so much more. Even the size of the book had almost doubled, showcasing just how much is going on.
It is definitely a great choice and then some.
Brilliant  Oct 23, 2007
I'm not going to go into a long-winded review. I just want to say that I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Great story and great graphics. I also enjoyed 30 days of Night and Return to Barrow. I am a 36 year old female, so that will give you an idea of the difference types of people that can enjoy this series.
AND, doesn't the guy on the cover look like that horrible little voodoo doll from that old old old movie. The one who came to life when a necklace was removed from it and chased this woman all over her apartment. I think she "killed it" in the oven.

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