30 Days of Night: 30 Days 'Til Death
Writer: David Lapham
Artist: David Lapham
32 pp. IDW Publishing. $3.99
Reviewed by Paul Stotts
House guests can be a pain. The kind that emanates from your backside. They eat your food, get into your stuff, and generally annoy you. Like a two-hundred pound mosquito you can’t squash. You try to be hospitable, even bending over backwards, but they can drive even the friendliest soul to count the days until their departure. Causing you to even offer them a ride to the airport. Three days early.
But do you want to know what’s even worse?
When your guests are a pack of starving vampires who don’t get the concept of being smart and keeping a low profile. Who want to turn your neighbors into Happy Meals on legs, an approach certain to draw unwanted attention along with a high caloric intake. You preach to them about your rules. About hunting in the next town over. About not taking a nibble out of your human housemate. About not walking around your apartment building wearing a blood mustache. Sure, blood may do a body good, but it wrecks havoc with your reputation. But do they listen. Of course not, where would the fun be in that?
In the latest issue of David Lapham’s excellent 30 Days of Night: 30 Days’ Til Death, Rufus learns this lesson well, struggling with a rambunctious group of vampires looking to break the house rules. Rufus needs to keep his cool while his visitors take a sandblaster to his low key lifestyle, biding his time until he can send them on their way. Before they can cause any real trouble. Before they get him killed.
Lapham has done a great job offering an alternate take on the vampire mythos, showing us how even the most mundane tasks are a struggle for Rufus. Being a vampire doesn’t make things easier, it complicates things. Enormously. He’s just another Average Joe trying to survive, to get by unnoticed. He just happens to also be a monster.
A worthy read.
Final Grade: 81 out of 100
Comic Break: 30 Days of Night: 30 Days 'Til Death #1 (IDW Publishing)
Comic Break: 30 Days of Night: 30 Days 'Til Death #2 (IDW Publishing)