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Books Read: 2007, #30-32 [Oct. 26th, 2007|01:25 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Graphic Novels, all read on 7/28/2007 (um, I mean, post-midnight on 7/27, after I got home from work at MYP, where I'd bought them earlier).

These are all HORROR books about vampires. If you don't like the scary shit, don't read anything Niles writes or Templesmith illustrates.

30. 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow by Steve Niles (author) and Ben Templesmith (artist)
31. 30 Days of Night: Three Tales by Steve Niles with art by various illustrators
32. 30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease by Dan Wickline, with art by Alex Sanchez and Tony Sandoval
My thoughts:

30. 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow by Steve Niles (author) and Ben Templesmith (artist)

Gorgeous. Disgusting. Strange. If you never read the original 30 Days of Night, you won't understand some of the background on what's happening here, but Niles made an effort to make it somewhat accessible for people picking it up first. However, the dénouement won't make any sense to you without at least a plot summary of the previous two books. I liked it. I was afraid that Niles was going to go in a really horrible direction, and he didn't, and that was pretty cool. In fact, the direction he DID take was absolutely fuckin' awesome, especially because it hadn't really occurred to me. It's also a really good object lesson in the failure of tactics when you don't think through all the possibilities of a smart, actively thinking enemy.

31. 30 Days of Night: Three Tales by Steve Niles with art by various illustrators

This is an odd little collection. The first story, "Picking Up the Pieces," is an amusing meditation on honor. The second story, "The Journal of John Ikos," has a really weird abrupt scene shift the reads like something was yanked out. The third story, "Deadspace," was written by Steve Niles and Dan Wickline, who took over the franchise for the next collection. It's… well… really fuckin' weird and took the whole reality Niles created in a really strange direction. But they clear up what-the-hell-was-going-on in the next book.

32. 30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease by Dan Wickline, with art by Alex Sanchez and Tony Sandoval

This one read a bit like an X-Files one-off. Which is unfortunate, because Wickline seems like a cool guy. It was definitely an interesting take on the modern vampire mythos, one that I've been waiting for SOMEONE to do for years. The plot twists around, but turns out to make sense. The hero squeezes out of scrapes in an amusing and kind of super-lucky fashion. Worth reading if you’re a completist and a fan of the genre, but may not be happy-making for Niles/Templesmith purists.

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-10-27 12:42 am (UTC)
When Niles writes 'em and Templesmith (mad Australian) draws them, they are...

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