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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932382364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932382365
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Sandoc on February 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Steve Niles' 30 Days of Nights and its follow-up Dark Days were two vampire stories that really hooked me in and wouldn't let go. Niles' finally created a vampire tale that eschewed the Anita Blake and Anne Rice oversexually-obsessed, brooding, and nonscary vampires that became so popular for some reason. Sure Niles' vampires were still well, and sharply dressed but that's were the similarities end. His vampires in both stories were vicious, bloodthirsty, sadistic and most of evil. There wasn't anything to like about these vampires and Niles' made sure that our sympathies were with the living.

In 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow, Steve Niles brings back the series to the site of the first story and that's the Alaskan town of Barrow. A place still recovering from the events that transpired with the first story-arc. Those survivors who stayed and those who were away during the slaughter return to pick up the pieces of the town's shattered lives. But a group of vampires looking to avenge the deaths of the first group and continue their idea of using Barrow as ahunting ground have other ideas. T

There's really not much new that Niles' adds to what he's already told in the first story. The human inhabitants of Barrow must once again try to survive a vampiric onslaught by themselves with no governmental help. But this time around they know whats coming and have devised countermeasures that they hope would be enough to help them last the month-long night. This wouldn't be a horror comic if everything went as planned. They don't and things get bloody and horrific. The story continues on bloody page to bloody page until the conclusion where a twist on the forest guardian plot technique comes out of the shadows.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Zieg on March 14, 2005
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Some series are identified from the first as "a trilogy in the making". Others start as nominal 1-offs, then spawn a sequel, and then become series only through aggregation.

The second model is arguably harder to pull off, because either (1) the author hasn't planned ahead to inject future plot threads into early stories, or (2) the author does undertake such planning, but has to disguise those incomplete arcs so that early volumes can stand on their own.

I don't know whether Niles envisioned Barrow as a trilogy from the first issue of 30 Days, but my temptation is to doubt it. Rather, I think he was as surprised by the success of 30 Days as everyone else, and had to invent the second and third volumes within the boundaries of the story already established.

That's what makes 30 Days and its sequels so enjoyable. When the first volume came out, it functioned perfectly well as a self-contained story. Then when Dark Days followed after, the series became a neatly balanced two-fer, with the plot and dialog complexities of the latter balancing nicely against the voiceless horror of the original.

And now Return to Barrow re-defines both previous volumes, by making each seem to flow with perfect precision into this final showdown. Threads we had thought fully closed were in fact only temporarily tied; the elaborate final knot had not yet been revealed. Characters we assumed complete still had one last transformation in store.

Like the undead so beautifully rendered, Niles reminds us that no story ever fully dies while it still has its head.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steph on October 22, 2007
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I'm not going to go into a long-winded review. I just want to say that I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Great story and great graphics. I also enjoyed Dark Days and 30 Days of Night. I am a 36 year old female, so that will give you an idea of the difference types of people that can enjoy this series.
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Once again, we're back into the infinite vastness of barren wastelands surrounding Barrow. We travel through the place whose polar night is full of terror and fear, full of creatures with sharp fangs and craze for human blood. We have been here once before and barely survived our visit. Upon return we find broken people, full of fear and darkness building behind their eyes. They are nervous, frightened, itchy, armed and dangerous. They have been caught once, but this time they are prepared, they are expecting creatures of the night, and they have another sheriff who has much to learn yet.

Third installment in the series and much of it remains the same. Ben Templesmith still does majestic job in graphic representation of desolation, both mental and topographical, Steve Niles still writes simplistic story full of action bits and bullets and blood flying everywhere. There is vampire politics around, sadistic maniacs who even for vampires present a challenge; there is obsession, betrayal and desperate fight for one's own life. And, most important of all - these vampires don't shine on the sunlight. Brute force of nature these vampires are, basically unstoppable whose mere goal is survival in the world full of humans. They are different life forms, without boundaries of human culture, with rules of their own, playing a little masquerade (Whitewolf anyone?) in the civilization that fears and loathes them. And all of this remains hidden behind action-packed pages of this comic. Niles doesn't write about it, it is job of the reader to fill the blanks. And only by filling blanks like these one can find the reason for actually reading (or purchasing) this comic. Return to Barrow is much the same as the first installment in the series, though this one has more emotion than the first one.
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