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Sequential art is kinda my thing -- I love storyboards and comics as a means of telling a good story. What finally made me give up on doing sequential art professionally is the same thing that led to me having a real problem with 30 Days of Night.
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I would draw a character, establish his looks and manner, but when I would go through it frame by frame I would notice little differences -- cheekbone height, weight shifts, changes in bone depth… Little things that would make it look like different actors were playing the part of the same character throughout.
30 Days of Night is made with a dirty dirty style that I wouldn’t mind at all in a painting, but I found it incredibly hard to follow sequentially. A lot of the time, I wasn’t at all sure which character was which, or what the heck was going on in the action sequences. It doesn’t help that the artist was a bit willy-nilly with speech bubble placement from time to time. This is not my kind of graphic novel, and I know that probably means I have no or limited taste (I’m a TopCow, Image, Todd McFarlane kinda gal) but it’s just not my thing.
As for the story, although I might have missed bits that would have made this make more sense, I really think the whole thing fell apart at the end. The biggest thing that gets me is, it seems like the sun was only couple of days from coming up when the sheriff injects himself with blood to become a vampire and save everyone. He transforms, kills the big bad, and then goes to chill with his wife to watch the sun come up. On a second read, it seemed they were trying to imply time passing, but even on that last frame before the dawn sequence, he says the sun will be up in a few days. It just seemed like he forced an unnecessary confrontation. All they had to do was hold out a couple more nights.
Then there is the confrontation itself. If he’s a vampire, why is he not instantly hit with blood lust? Why didn’t he eat the people he was trying to save? Why did he WANT to fight the vampires? If he still loved his wife, why didn’t his instincts run toward transforming her as well, instead of saving her? Why is he so human when the rest of them are bloodthirsty monsters? Why would he even think that injecting himself with blood would result in anything but him joining the ranks of the enemy? And why the hell was a newly turned vampire able to take out the leader of the vampires? He should have gotten ripped in half like the other guy.
For me the whole thing was a bit slapdash -- the art, the story, the logic. When I am left with more questions than answers at the end of a story, and I don’t come away feeling like those questions were purposeful hooks to get me to read more of the story later, I feel kinda cheated. That’s how I felt with 30 Days of Night…cheated.