30 Days of Night: 30 Days 'Til Death
Writer: David Lapham
32 pp. IDW Publishing. $3.99
Reviewed by Paul Stotts
“You have no idea how much I’m going to love this.”—David Lapham, 30 Days of Night: 30 Days ‘Til Death #1
Forget the sparkly, feel-good, Disney-fied vampires of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. This is how vampires should be. Brutal, ruthless monsters looking to sink their works into some hapless victim. If you want cuddly, get a teddy bear. But if you want horrible coffin-busting fiends, then IDW Publishing’s new series 30 Days of Night: 30 Days ‘Til Death will satiate your thirst.
The first issue introduces us to Rufus Welleby. He’s friendly and considerate to those he meets, but a terrible darkness lies beneath his congenial exterior. His motto is conformity, because if you “don’t make waves,” you “don’t attract attention.” And the last thing Rufus wants is attention.
Through happenstance Rufus gets involved with his neighbors across the hall, grandparents who are helpless in stopping their grandson from dealing drugs. Rufus offers to talk with the young man in hopes of convincing him to change his lifestyle.
David Lapham does double duty on this issue, handling both the scripting and art chores. This was my introduction to Lapham, and I came away from the issue impressed with the overall quality of the book. The visuals are solid, clean and classic looking. Lapham’s skill though lies more in seamless storytelling than jaw-dropping art. I loved the flow of the issue, the plotting was perfect as all the events in the narrative clicked together beautifully.
Horror comics (and particularly vampires) are starting to feel stale to me, but Lapham’s 30 Days of Night: 30 Days ‘Till Death is an auspicious and intriguing beginning. If the series is going to be this good, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the second issue. (Wow, that pun was so bad, even I’m embarrassed.)
Final Grade: 82 out of 100