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30 Day of Night: Dark Days (30 Days of Night #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,674 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
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 illustr ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 7th 2004 by Idea & Design Works, LLC
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Jun 13, 2015 Kristijan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. zvezdica za artwork - čini mi se da je Templesmith ovde još bolji nego u prvom delu. I dalje deluje minimalistički, ali se na određenim crtežima kriju neki sitni detalji.
2. zvezdica za "intertekstualnost" sa prvim delom - prvi deo postaje knjiga koju je napisala Stella
3. zvezdica za Stellu - ona konačno može da se razmaše na ovih 70tak stranica više u odnosu na prvi deo i postaje realnija, životnija, surovija, okrutnija ali isto tako ranjiva.
4. zvezdica za vampirskog izdajnika - totalno cool
Stella has been mourning Eben for over a year now and decides that she must get out of Barrow and try to warn people about the vampires. She has written a book about her experiences and is promoting it in L.A. Her presence triggers several different groups to take an interest in her, some allies and some enemies.

I enjoyed the first graphic novel in the series although there were some aspects that didn't make sense. In the second book, we learn a little more about Miss Judith, who lost her son i
C. Derick
Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith return to there vampire comic, moving action primarily to LA. Templesmith's art is clearer here and his expressionistic art remains, but the character designs are more consistent and clearer. The backgrounds are often over textured, but it does add to the feel of the comic. Niles' writing here is very mixed: one hand the characters and motivations come out much clearer than in the original story and the stories twists don't seem as rushed, but on the other, this i ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

I enjoyed this one considerably more than the first. There was more of an actual storyline to go along with the outstandingly creepy artwork...
Paul Nelson
May 05, 2013 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dark days is the sequel to 30 days of night and follows Stella as she attempts to reveal the existence of vampires to the world.. Stella is one of the few survivors of the Barrow massacre and her journey takes her into the heart of Los Angeles, not the pretty sunshine side but the more grittier, underworld side. Stella now has a crew of killers and they are focused on revenge, using her newly published book of the events at Barrow to draw the vampires out.
More bloodshed all the way and we are i
Jul 14, 2012 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sort of fiction that the vampire genre needs. The vampires don't sparkle, they don't throw about all that "b-grade gothic bullshit", and there are varying factions within them. Not every vampire is the same, but there are certain generalizations that one can make about them. The moral questions raised in this volume were fantastic, and I hope that the rest of the series continues in this vain. Also... doesn't it just make sense that they've infiltrated the FBI and other such resource ...more
Paul Nelson
May 28, 2013 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Following the death of his beloved Stella, Eben fully embraces the nature of the vampire and turns from protector to brutal killer and his first stop is Barrow where it all began. The artwork is less cartoonish than volume 1, thankfully and Eben steps up as leader of the vampire horde as they assault the FBI headquarters seeking the agent that killed Stella.
Eben is unrecognisable from earlier books in the series, a more dangerous and sinister character especially in the artwork by Christopher M
Nov 28, 2015 Alondra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
3 Stars

I like the storyline was decent enough; but the graphics were meh...

Stella goes to the lower-48 to push her new book about Barrow, and to push some buttons. She gets a lot of folks killed, and quite a few vamps pissed off. She made really poor decisions, when trying to hunt a hunter; a skilled hunter. One that has avoided detection for centuries. She is disillusioned and destructive. Self-destructive.

I think with better graphics, this could have gotten an extra star, or at least a 1/2 st
The second volume in the "30 Days of Night" series didn't stand quite as strong as the first one but I still really liked it so on paper they will end up with the same rating of 4* though this read more like a strong 3.5*.
The illustrations are still what drives these comics, defused color palette with stark reds when needed, it looks as dangerous and atmospheric as these vampire stories are. Yet sometimes they are so muted it is a bit difficult to tell for certain what's going on, I got confused
Gayle Francis Moffet
An excellent follow-up to the very strong first arc. Dark Days follows Stella from the first story as she goes to LA on her book tour. She wrote her book as non-fiction, but it's labeled as fiction, and she's out to prove the existence of vampires. No one buys it, and Stella finds herself at a sudden loss after clear months of planning and training to bring the vampires out so she can seek revenge for the loss of her husband and the loss of so many people in Barrow. Though, truthfully, she focus ...more
Maja Shinigami
Apr 23, 2016 Maja Shinigami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very bloody.
Feb 27, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
The art is cleaner, but not by much. But! It's enough to make it absolutely gorgeous. At double the length of 30 Days of Night, it comes in at just the right length to tell the story it wanted to tell.

I could gush over the art for ages. It was lovely and creepy and wonderful and perfect.
Micah Siegmund
Mar 13, 2015 Micah Siegmund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is the sequel to the original 30 Days Of Night story that was adapted to film, and follows Eben's wife Stella as she attempts to use the events from Barrow to expose the existence of vampires to the world. Needless to say she is met with a lot of skepticism, so she attempts a bold move in LA to out them once and for all. The story is pretty compelling and the art as always is creepy and great. Stella's near superhuman dispatching of vampires at times kind of lessens how scary they are ...more
I thought 30 Days of Night was a great graphic novel, with a film adaptation that complimented it quite well. I don't hold such high hopes for Dark Days after seeing the trailer for the film adaption to this sequel. I may skip the movie altogether, lest it ruin what was another entertaining vampire story from Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.

If you haven't read 30 Days of Night, there's going to be a couple of spoilers for that book revealed. So, maybe check out my review of the book, then decide
May 26, 2011 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Although I was a bit lukewarm on the story of 30 Days of Night, I was anything but lukewarm about the art. Great concept altogether and I'll put up with a little bit of hokieness in the story for art of this stellar quality.

Dark Days follows Stella Olemaun and her crew as they try to warn the world about the vampires. The story here is much much better. Taking characters out to play in twilight Los Angeles and letting them blow things up, battle vampires, and generally kick some major ass is hig
Miss Kitty
Sep 24, 2007 Miss Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the prequel 30 Days of Night
Stella, wife of dead Barrow, Alaska vampire sheriff, has gotten tough. She wants to take down the vampires for killing her husband Eben. She hires some mercenaries, commissions some weapons, writes a tell-all book, and prepares for war. At her first author Q&A she initiates a vampire-human smackdown. It doesn't really work as well as she'd like. Enter Ms. Judith, mother of the helicopter guy from 30 Days of Night. She doesn't like the vampires either since they killed her son. Vicente's mate ...more
I gave the first volume 3.5 stars because I really enjoyed the art style and premise. So if this was the first 30 Days of Night book I had picked up, I would have felt the same way. It's another well done entry.

But because it was my second volume the novelty had worn off a bit, sorry, 2.5 stars. I would recommend this volume to anyone who wanted more at the end of volume 1, which in retrospect I realize was not me.
I was put off again by the "plot armour" the main characters are wearing. In the first volume, the vampires are super fast and strong, shaking off shotgun shots to the face. In this one, the main character (who is now a super-hero) is kicking and punching them up, dodging around them despite them being faster. I know it's a horror comic, but I dislike the lack of internal consistency.
Lady Book Voodoo & Hoodoo Review

~** Lady-Journal /Zombie-Girl Give’s 5 Star’s**~

I was not even aware that they had the book prior to the movie! Although one has to admit to you that
This bone chilling horror movie surely did the book justice for sure!

In a sleepy, secluded Alaska town called Barrow, the sun sets and doesn't rise for over thirty consecutive days and nights. From the darkness, across the frozen wasteland, an evil will come that will bring the residents of Barrow to their knees. The only hope for the town is the
Feb 06, 2016 bluebee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 15, 2012 Subroto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloody Freaking Good - Niles is not as inexperienced as a writer as you thought he was when you read his earlier work 30 days of night (Vol 1).

Almost every critic alive has shouted at Niles for a great plot idea but a terrible story - starting and ending almost in a clap.

In this book - Niles experiments with his story telling there are at least 3 major events and build ups to the same.

The UV ray scene in the promotion hall is total kickass. I have not seen the movie - not do I wish to (in my mi
Dec 12, 2010 Slayermel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoyed 30 Days of night
I found this second instalment of the 3o Days of Night series much more interesting, better written and the Illustrations where much better as well.
It feels like more thought went into the continuation of the story.

In this instalment Stella is on the hunt to eradicate the Vampire species, Vengeance for killing her husband. She meets quite a few very interesting characters on the way. One of my favourites has to be Dane. I actually would have preferred if Stella pursued Dane, but then I guess we
John Wiswell
Sep 23, 2007 John Wiswell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can’t get enough vampires
So it turns out the superfluous sub-plot in the original 30 Days of Night was to setup one of the two protagonists in the sequel. If you aren’t insulted by putting up with a worthless story in the original so that you can make sense of it in the sequel, then this is fine. However, this volume also throws the helplessness, isolation and relatable characterizations out the window in favor of militant vampire-hunters and some scenes that strain disbelief worse than the entire first story combined ( ...more
not quite as good as the original, but fairly good. It think the story needed more time as many things felt rushed, probably would have been much better with 12 issues instead of 6.
Joshua Romero
I'm starting to disappoint , the first story had a very good plot line , but in this second part that detail is lost , and reminded me of the stories already so tired of zombies.
Jonathon Jones
Nov 01, 2015 Jonathon Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid, good vampire stuff. Nothing very exceptional, and I think I'm getting tired of this art style, but it was still enjoyable and well done.
Bernice Rizor
I like comic book and this one I like because it was base in Alaska and it interesting read about zombies
i thought the book was verry interesting. the book was able to suprise me every step of the way i would definetly recomend this book and i look forward to reading more of this authors books.
Feb 02, 2008 J-Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: GN and horror fans, vampire lovers
While not as powerful as 30 Days of Night, Dark Days does an excellent job of capturing the depraved existence of both vampire and vampire hunter. After witnessing the destruction of her town and the death of her husband, Stella has set out to reap revenge on the vampire world. In the first few pages, readers get a clear picture of how much Stella has changed from the happy, small town deputy she once was.

The most intriguing part of the story is the apparently benevolent vampire, Dane, who swoo
Patrick Bruning
Jul 09, 2014 Patrick Bruning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Good story, better art then the first volume, IMO. Lots of gore. Loved it.
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STEVE NILES is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence, and was recently named by Fangoria magazine as one of it's "13 rising talents who promise to keep us terrified for the next 25 years."

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