30 Days of Night is a three-issue comic book miniseries written by Steve Niles, illustrated by Ben Templesmith, and published by IDW Publishing in 2002.Welcome to Barrow, Alaska. This small, secluded town is located so far north that in the winter there is a span of thirty days when the sun does not rise above the horizon. Usually this is only a minor inconvenience to the residents, but this year, the dead of winter will become a terrifying fight for survival.This year, the vampires are coming to take advantage of the prolonged darkness.This Is GonnaSuck.List of comics in the 30 Days of Night series:
Badass Normal: John freaking Ikos. He has, hands down, the highest vampire body count of any human, and even kills a pack leader with just a knife.
Bait the Dog: At first, Vicente seems a Reasonable Authority Figure as he furiously denounces the Barrow massacre...then reveals his solution is to slaughter anyone left alive and burn the town to the ground...nor is he above deciding to feed on two children caught hiding as a snack.
Big Bad Duumvirate: these crop up every so often, but often resolve themselves. In the original miniseries, the American vampire Marlow is behind the attack on Barrow. The Elder vampire Vicente is more than a bit frustrated, but his solution is even worse for the Barrow residents. Future stories include Mr. Reyes and the Zero Family Circus in Juarez and Eben Olemaun and Father Paul in the ongoing.
Disproportionate Retribution: Agent Norris tries to get his old partner to back off vampire research by slaughtering his family...though it's also retribution for Andy Grey having slept with Norris's wife. When Norris was officially dead. When Grey finally gets to confront Norris about murdering his family, Norris simply responds "you fucked my wife." Another example is Bingo Zero hypnotizing a security guard into blowing his brains out solely because Bingo blamed him for being stuck in traffic for hours...Bingo basically admitted it was unreasonable, but he was in a bad mood.
Duel to the Death: Eben and Vicente in the original mini square off. Vicente realizes he has made a horrible error underestimating the 'New Blood.'
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: One reason the Elders aren't initially interested in Eben's peace overtures? Before Ebem took over from Father Paul, Paul had slaughtered a host of elders...one of them being Lord John Westminster's husband of three hundred years, Brecht. An example in the original series is Vicente and Lilith.
Evil Is Petty: One short story has vampires try to invade an orphanage for the free treats...problem being, the orphanage's Priest is a demon in disguise cultivating the children for his own purposes later. When the vampires protest they had no idea, they're willing to leave in peace and he has no reason to harm them, he responds "I'm a demon. What am I, if not petty?"
Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Kitchen sink may be stretching it, but in a universe full of vampires, a recent comic has also revealed the existence of a functional Golem, which possesses people by encasing them in living mud, as well as the fact that the 30 Days vamps seem to be involved in the Infestation crossover. However, with the reveal that 30 Days Of Night crosses over with Criminal Macabre, this trope is very apt.
Fat Bastard: a few nasty vampires. And Billy Boy from 30 Days til Death. Special nod must go to Lord John Westminster of the elders.
Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Played with in the comic 30 Days 'Til Death, where the elder vampires in Germany have simply had it with the younger generation and decides to kill them off. The vampire protagonist, Rufus, responds by deciding to hide among humans, ala his own personal masquerade. It doesn't work out well. Half because Rufus is not a good person whatsoever and half because his old friends show up and destroy his efforts, getting the attention of the Elders.
Played straight however, in the comic 'Juarez or Lex Nova and the Case of The 400 Dead Mexican Girls,' with the titular Lex Nova, a Crazy Awesome vampire private eye who monologues to himself (aloud) and manages his blood habit by drinking from goats.
Played straight as well with Eben and Stella, who by the end of their own comic, Eben and Stella have successfully reconciled their morality with being undead monsters, and become the protectors of Barrow.
The term 'friendly neighborhood' can no longer be applied to Eben, given he just slaughtered the neighborhood. To the last man.
Humans Are Bastards: Discussed. In the second series, the protagonist asks one of the vampires why they seem to automatically become evil as soon as they're turned. He asks her how many people she knows who wouldn't if they actually had the power to pull it off. Another example in Juarez when the vampires have after seeking headlines of 400 missing or dead young women, thinking it's their clan patriarch at work...it turns out to be just a group of bored men, which absolutely delights the head of said clan.
Informed Ability: We're informed at one point by the only Friendly Neighborhood Vampire around that most vampires didn't care for the attack on Barrow and just want to co-exist without too much bloodshed. To say this is very contradictory to every time we see other vampires in action is an obvious understatement.
Kill It with Fire: Fire handles vampires well. It's also what finally brings down Eben.
Klingon Promotion: Eben ascends to ruling the vampire world after he kills the eldest, most powerful vampire alive.
Masquerade: The vampires in the comic definitely seem to enforce their own version of it, as the leader of the vampires attacking Barrow in the original miniseries is killed by Vicente to uphold it. Also, the above mentioned elders in 30 Days of Death launch an attack on the vampires of America because they were breaking the masquerade.
Looks Like Orlok: Eben. A little horrible fire damage, a little drinking the blood of the oldest vampires he can get...
Poor Communication Kills: Vicente and Marlow had been exchanging emails about the attack on Barrow, which Vicente ended up being vehemently against and tried to stop. Instead of cryptic "I'll be there" messages, Vicente might have prevented the whole mess by simply emailing do not do this under any circumstances or I will fucking kill you with my bare hands.
Our Vampires Are Different: They are almost invincible, though the measure of their invulnerabilities tends to vary. In one series they are capable of taking shotgun blasts to the face and having grenades go off on their heads, and in another, they die to decapitation. One consistent factor seems to be their vulnerability to UV light, which seems to vary, again with age. A vampire is killed in 30 Days of Death by being hurled out a window at sunset, while a far older vampire manages to run through the light before getting shot in the face. Of course, one newly made vampire in the original miniseries dies at the first light of dawn, and so fast that he doesn't even get a frame showing him burning.
Also, one of the miniseries featuring a family of yuppies traveling to Barrow to see the original vampires instead find 'ancient vampires' who had adapted to the environment, and look insectlike and feed on regular vampires.
Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness: Copious need for blood? Check. Morality shift? Check. Contagious? Very. A single crewman in Dead Space changes after a scratch. These guys are some of the most hostile vampires in fiction. There are, being generous, maybe four or five vampires in the entire thing who aren't bad people. Even Dane isn't above killing people or enacting horrible vengeance.
Together in Death: Stella is revived long enough to drag Eben into death with her with a final kiss.
Transhuman Treachery: Almost everyone who is turned immediately begins chowing down on their best friends. Notable aversions include Eben, though he gets a bit worse, Lex Nova and Stella, though she still does kill a room service clerk in hunger.
Unholy Matrimony: Lilith and Vicente. Also John Westminster and Brecht were a homosexual version of this.
The Virus: Vampirism is portrayed as this later in the comics, with a single bite or scratch converting humans. Spreading the Disease is even about a vampire cult spreading vampirism via contaminated alcohol. Vampirism is at least somewhat supernatural, however, as dead vampires can be re-generated if blood is poured on their remains.
Visionary Villain: Father Paul has a vision for the vampire race: overthrow the decadent, European elders and unite the race. Eben's vision is even more expansive: the elders and Americans united under his banner, humanity smashed underfoot and made into cattle.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Dane spends an annual fighting alongside John Ikos against a lunatic vampire who wants to convert humanity into cattle. When Eben starts doing this on a greater scale than ever before, you'd think Dane might get involved, maybe with these supposed vampires who are against this lunacy. For that matter, we never see John Ikos when Eben massacres Barrow to the last man. Or Brian Kitka, who would be an adult at that time. Agent Norris just kinda vanishes as well. His fate is resolved in one of the novels, but in the only one that could possibly be canon.