Final Girl + 30 Days of Night: Eben & Stella
Though a bit presumptuous that its audience has read the stories preceding it, 30 Days of Night: Eben & Stella is still bounds ahead of the original comic in terms of both the story and its telling. If only it were a little more distinguished from other vampire-hunter tales, but how many times can you recapture a great concept like vampires in a snowed-in Alaskan town? Loyal fans will be more than happy with the team of Steve Niles and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s continuation of the legend, especially as ethereally rendered by Justin Randall, whose art glows like a hot coal.
A bunch of strangers wake up in a leech-infested prison, where a chainsaw-wielding maniac proceeds to slaughter them. Then a flamethrower-wielding maniac proceeds to slaughter him. A few escape into a city where the apocalypse looks like ancient history, only to be attacked by zombie forest creatures, and saved by a third maniac, this one of the hoe-wielding variety. This is presumably tied in to the Nazi saboteur in the book’s prologue. So there’s some intriguing setup, but not a lot of characterization considering the hook is that readers’ votes will decide who the lone survivor is. Thank goodness for the character “cheat sheet” in the back.
Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.