30 Days of Night

 3DON   (Idea + Design Works, 2002-2004)

ô and © Idea + Design Works LLC

In a sort of Arctic version of Stephen Kingís Salemís Lot, a clan of vampires makes its move as winter approaches in the tiny town of Barrow, Alaska. Why Barrow? Because, with the arrival of the winter solstice, the sun sets one evening and plunges this remote community into a month-long period of frigid darkness before finally rising again. For a vampire, a month-long night in a city thatís in the middle of nowhere is a tempting target.†

Writer Steve Niles plays on common fears of isolation, darkness, and monsters in a story thatís more chilling than its locale. A good writer could extrapolate any one of these fears into a thrilling story, but Niles succeeds in pushing all of these buttons with the right frequency to produce a story thatís not just chilling, but downright scary. And Ben Templesmithís painted art, mostly washed-out pastels with brilliant placement of bright reds, heighten the desolation and desperation addressed by Niles.

The only problem? Itís too danged short. Another issue or two could have easily been spent on, ahem, fleshing out the characterization of some of the vampire clanís members, whose evil is apparent only from their natures and appearances. More focus on this groupís despicable acts would have made this comic book truly terrifying. Nonetheless, everything a sane person should rightly be afraid of is in here. Beware.

ó Jim Johnson

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#1

  6/1/2002
  $3.99
  $40.00
No copies available
 Steve NilesBen Templesmith

#1 (2nd printing)

  8/1/2002
  $3.99
  $14.50
No copies available
2nd printingSteve NilesBen Templesmith

#1 (3rd printing)

  4/1/2011
  $1.00
  $1.10
1 copy available for $0.96
100 Penny Press reprintSteve NilesBen Templesmith

#1 Variation A

  10/1/2007
  $2.99
  $2.50
No copies available
5th Anniversary EditionSteve NilesBen Templesmith

#1 Variation B

  10/1/2007
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
10th Anniversary EditionSteve NilesBen Templesmith

#1 Special Treasury Edition (2nd printing)

  10/1/2007
  $2.99
  $2.00
No copies available
5th Anniversary EditionSteve NilesBen Templesmith

#2

  8/1/2002
  $3.99
  $27.00
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 Steve NilesBen Templesmith

#3

  10/1/2002
  $3.99
  $7.00
2 copies available from $4.99
 Steve NilesBen Templesmith

Annual #1

  1/1/2004
  $4.99
  $3.50
7 copies available from $0.96
 Steve NilesBen Templesmith, Szymon Kudranski, Brandon Hovet, Josh Medors

Annual #2

  12/1/2005
  $7.49
  $6.00
6 copies available from $3.99
2005 AnnualSteve NilesNat Jones

Annual #2 Variation A

  12/1/2005
  $7.49
  $14.00
1 copy available for $12.85
2005 AnnualSteve NilesNat Jones

Book #1

 
  $17.99
  $28.00
2 copies available from $18.65
Collects 30 Days of Night #1-3; ca. 2004Steve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 (2nd printing)

  8/1/2002
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
2nd printingSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 (3rd printing)

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
1 copy available for $17.99
3rd printingSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 (4th printing)

 
  $17.99
  $11.00
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4th printingSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 (5th printing)

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
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5th printingSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 (6th printing)

 
  $17.99
  $17.00
1 copy available for $14.99
6th printingSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 (7th printing)

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
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7th printingSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 (8th printing)

  3/1/2007
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
8th printing; Movie reprint with ďNow a Major Motion PictureĒ header on coverSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 Variation A

 
  $27.99
  $26.00
1 copy available for $26.00
Signed edition autographed by Ben TemplesmithSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 Variation B

 
  $29.99
  $29.99
1 copy available for $29.95
15th Anniversary Direct Market EditionSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 Hardcover

  12/1/2003
  $75.00
  $75.00
No copies available
Painted cover; Hardcover; Reprints 30 Days of Night #1-3; SlipcasedSteve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 Hardcover (2nd printing)

  2/1/2005
  $35.00
  $35.00
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2nd printing; Hardcover; Collects 30 Days of Night #1-3Steve NilesBen Templesmith

Book #1 Hardcover (3rd printing)

 
  $35.00
  $35.00
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3rd printing; HardcoverSteve NilesBen Templesmith