The third 30 Days of Night miniseries, collected in the first omnibus sees the vampires return to target the Alaskan Town of Barrow which experiences the titular 30 Days of Night each winter. In the original miniseries some vampires led by one called Marlow attack the town regarding it as prime feeding time. However an elder vampire called Vicente arrives and kills Marlow for drawing attention to the existence of vampires. He orders the human survivors killed and the town burned to cover it up. Sheriff Eben Olemaun injects himself with vampire blood and keeps his mind long enough to kill Vincente. He turns to ash as he sits with his wife Stella Olemaun as the sun rises after their month of hell. In the second miniseries, Stella Olemaun has become quite the vampire hunter, researching and publishing a book on the events that saw the death of so many in Barrow. But she is wounded and grieving her loss of Eben, and hooks up with a "good" vampire called Dane who was sired by Marlow but has kept his humanity. Eben's ashes are stolen by a vampire working for Vincente's lover Lilith, and when Dane tells Stella his ashes might be able to revive Eben, Stella gladly trades all the proof she has of the existence of vampires for the ashes, although she blows Lilith and her minions the hell up afterwards. Dane leaves her somewhat sadly and using her blood she mixes it with Eben's ashes and he revives. The miniseries ended with her hugging him and him about to sink his teeth into her. What happens next? Find out in this mini, still written by Peter Niles and with Ben Templesmith still on art duties.
We begin with an introduction to our P.O.V character for this mini, a man called Brian Kitka who is the brother of William Kitka a Barrow resident who died in the vampire seige on the town, now three years in the past. It seems the authorities have put out a story that implies the residents went mad, murdered each other and tried to cover it up with fire, as well as playing down the number of dead. Brian knows his brother was no murderer and has come back to the town to take up the vacant post of Sheriff along with his young son. Initially unsure if vampires were the reason things went down in Barrow, he gets a crash course in them during his first couple of days on the job as vampires from all over converge on the town out of a sense of revenge. As they arrive at their new home, Brian thinks to himself:
Brian: "I am going to find out what happened. Clear his name, and bring some sanity back to Barrow."
His son Marcus is very excited by their new house which to him is huge. Obviously property prices in Barrow are very low which is how Brian could afford it. Then he reports to the Sheriff's Office in town, the deputy says she hadn't been informed of them getting a new sheriff, Brian is irrtated and yells at her.
|Brian and his son Marcus.|
Now in uniform and with his badge he goes outside and bumps into a hunter called John Ikos, who's brother Brian knew. John reaffirms the view that Brian's brother was a good guy who sometimes came hunting with him. They are silent for a moment, then Brian asks him outright if "it" happened. John replies, "Yes, it happened". Then he calls out Donna and demands she hand over William Kitka's journal of the events of the vampire attack. He tells Donna that Brian deserves to know the truth of what happened from his brother's own words.
|John fills Brian in on their Sheriff woes.|
John: "Let's hope the new sheriff plays ball... if he does, great. If he doesn't. Fuck him".
Then he tells Donna to lock her doors and windows but give him a call if she gets cold and lonely. She gives him the finger affectionately.
Back with Marcus, a black cat appears in the house. It's a friendly kitty and leads Marcus upstairs and into a room where a bridal gown is one display. There are assorted books of reports, Marcus hunts through them and finds a book of wedding photos. He opens it to find a picture of the happy bride and groom, Stella and Eben Olemaun. It's their house he and his dad are now living in.
|Stella and Eben in happier, non-dead, times.|
When George does so, Norris says he needs to know everything George knows about vampires. He wants to know how much humans know about them. He threatens to destroy George's stash if he doesn't talk.
Norris: "I have all eternity George... how long do you think you'll last?"
Meanwhile in Barrow, Brian is reading his brother's chronicle of the events in Barrow. It's heartbreaking stuff as it gets more and more apocalyptic and emotive, heavily implying he committed murder/suicide to prevent him and his family ending up as vampire chow, finally ending with the words to Brian, "if you come back to Barrow...know that there is evil in the darkness".
|"Evil in the darkness" indeed.|
Brian returns to his new home and speaks with Marcus who is excited and telling him the house belonged to the lady who wrote the book and her husband who died saving the town. Brian still thinks it's probably "horseshit" and asks Marcus if he wants to leave. He says the whole town feels "off" and they can be on a flight to Anchorage that evening. Marcus decides he does want to go. But the last flight has gone so Brian and Marcus are stuck in Barrow now until the sun comes up.
Back in New Orleans, Norris is still questioning George who keeps pathetically begging for a fix. Irritated beyond reason, Norris bites George and turns him into a vampire. Then he questions him again.
George: "They have safe houses all over the world and a network connected by a common need to survive".
Norris asks him how he feels about these humans now, "I feel a common foe" says vampire George, "I feel them thinking about us." Norris says it's time to silence the voices. Do you feel the pull he asks George? "Yesssss" George responds. "Looks like we have a long night ahead of us George" says Norris.
|Agen Norris vamps George.|
They ask if he is heading for "the feeding". Dane is not, he doesn't even know what feeding they are talking about. When they say they are going to Barrow to destroy the town once and for all, Dane says the town should be left alone, "we failed once. Why try again?" Liam says it's a chance for redemption.
Dane: "How would another attack redeem us? We should walk away and let the memories fade."
Liam offers him a cup of blood and says the memories don't fade. Humanity is fighting back thanks to the book and they are finding no place is safe for them now. "We all live in fear Dane" says Liam. Barrow has to pay with blood.
|Dane hooks up with Liam and Darcy.|
The man who drove up introduces a girl called Iris, who excuses herself to find a ladies room. But when he admits he only met her on the way up on his way back to Barrow the penny drops and Donna blows a whistle to alert the town they have a vampire in their midst. They form smaller armed groups and go searching for her. The winter floodlights are turned on as well, they broadcast UV light which hurts vampires badly.
The vampire girl sneaks around then suddenly a dark shape descends on her. As Brian's group search, John advises him to get Marcus into a safe room, the Olemaun place has a basement he should be safe in. Brian and John bond as John tells him the vampires appear this time every year, some people leave Barrow, most people stay and fight. Brian says John must have seen it all, John affirms he has. Then they find the vampire girl's body, her head ripped clean off. John remarks, "...this is new."
|She has no head.|
Werner impatiently asks what happened and Dane says they were attacked. He didn't see who did it, just two blurs and then his travelling companions were dead. Dane doesn't know why he was spared. Norris whispers in his ear, "I can smell the Olemaun woman on you." Before things can escalate, Werner tells them both to stand down. Dane says he's told them everything he knows and Werner accepts this despite Norris's protests that Dane knows more than he is saying. Werner initiates the attack on Barrow.
Inside Barrow which is defended by the UV lights and a fence all round it, guards are scanning for signs of attack. Suddenly the vampires attack and this time they have guns as well and they collapse one of the light towers. The vampires charge in and a firefight ensues between them and the townsfolk. "Hold the line!" yells John as they fire back.
|The vampires go all out on Barrow.|
John: "We call for help every year. But help never comes. They don't believe us. Shit would you?"
Well Brian is a believer now. John says he's sorry he's having such a baptism of fire especially as he has a young son. But he's glad Brian is there to help them now. Brian says they'll make it so the vampires wish they had never come to Barrow.
Back with the vampires, they consider the fact they took out one generator as indicative of a coming victory. Norris whispers about Dane behind his back saying he gives him the creeps and he thinks he has something to do with his Sire Lilith's death. George says Stella had a vampire accomplice who she took as her lover. "What?" says Norris flatly.
|Norris murders Dane.|
Brian: "So you got any pearls of wisdom for me?"
John: "There's only one thing you gotta remember... nothing lives without a head."
The vampires stand some way away, Norris asks if he can make a suggestion to Werner. We don't hear it as we return to Brian and John as John watches them through binoculars speculating they are coming up with a new plan of attack now their "weapon surprise" didn't overwhelm the town like they expected.
|Defending the town.|
Brian: "Let's make sure they get what they deserve when they get here... for our brothers".
John: "For our fallen brothers".
And they shake hands. They go to the boot of the car with the weapons and Brian takes out a grenade. Two other residents go to the damaged light tower to see how repairs are coming along and then the vampires rush them. They manage to kill Greta much to the distress of Werner but are killed before back-up can arrive. Werner picks up Kenny's (one of the dead men) radio and tells John over it that Kenny is dead. John demands to know who he is speaking to:
Werner: "I am a friend of the many that you have murdered. And I will have my vengeance."
And he cuts John off in the middle of an expletive. Two more residents guarding a generator are killed by vampires. The vampires are attacking from all sides now. Brian and John try to direct the defences where they will be most effective. Brian says they are splitting into groups, putting holes in the perimetre and he's not sure they can hold them off now. Brian, John and Donna man the mounted minigun and prepare to repel the horde as best they can.
Norris meanwhile is going solo with an attack on the Olemaun house. As he steps inside, Brian, Donna and John keep blasting the crap out of the vampires. Norris ventures further into the house, calling out to anyone there. Marcus shivers in the basement and doesn't respond.
He breaks into the basement and Marcus cowers in fear and then.. something happens to Norris. Someone whispers in his ear "Hello agent Norris. Goodbye agent Norris" and all we see next is a close up of Marcus holding the black cat and watching the events unfold off-panel.
|Marcus and Kitty witness the end of Norris.|
Marcus: "The lady helped us."
John: "Yeah? What lady?"
Marcus: "The lady in the picture we found in the attic."
STELLAAAA! She survived her vamping by Eben it seems but what about him? Anyway before that question is answered we return to John and Donna. Donna is out of ammo as is John and she is wounded. Werner approaches to kill them and John flings his hunting knife at him and impales Werner right through the skull, killing him a second time. Donna gives him a kiss, "didn't see that coming" says a chuffed John.
The remaining townsfolk report that the vampires are fleeing, they are being torn apart by things that move so fast they are a blur. Brian and Marcus arrive and so to does Stella and Eben, the two now vampire lovers united for all eternity. Stella simply says:
Stella: "No one will ever hurt this town again. We will always be watching over you".
And she and Eben fade back into the night, the vampire threat over and Barrow having gained immortal protection, and with that this miniseries comes to an end.
|Protection from beyond the grave.|