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Nocterra #2 Gets the Spotlight with a Sell Out

Fan enthusiasm for Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel’s hot new series Nocterra has spread like wildfire with the second issue sparking an instant sell-out, at the distributor, upon its release yesterday. A rush reprint of Nocterra #2 is being fast-tracked by Image Comics in order to keep up with the series’ frenetic reorder momentum.

Ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous shades, the only way to survive is to stay close to artificial light.

In Nocterra #2, Val brings her passengers to their first truckstop—the Neon Grove! But with her brother getting worse by the minute, and dark forces in hot pursuit, our ferryman finds herself faced with a grave decision.

Nocterra #2, second printing (Diamond Code FEB219271) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 5.

Read our review.

Nocterra #2, second printing

Review: Nocterra #2

Nocterra #2

Nocterra #1 was a solid start to the series. It introduced us to a world plunged in darkness and a compelling lead in Val, aka Sundog. It also gave us a solid supporting cast and a unique villain. Nocterra #2 continues the tense action as we learn the truth about Val’s passengers and hints as to what’s going on in the world.

Val’s on the run, pursued by Blacktop Bill for unknown reasons. Writer Scott Snyder uses the opportunity to dive further into the world, showing us more of Val’s past as well as the present. The issue does a solid job of fleshing out the world of Nocterra. We get a better sense of what the early days were like as well as what the world is currently like. But, Snyder also keeps things familiar.

The concept of a driver hauling passengers for money to get dragged into something bigger isn’t anything new. It’s a story that’s been done before. What Snyder does is gives us details and specifics that are unique and interesting. The idea of individuals who slowly change and unknown reasons for the darkness are two concepts that suck the reader in. The specifics as to how this society functions and generates light too are details that create depth to a familiar story. It’s the quality of the details that really suck the reader in.

The visuals help too.

Tony S. Daniel along with colorist Tomeu Morey give us images that pop from the page. For a world of darkness there’s so much color and light. Things jump from page in a bright, almost neon, look. In Blacktop Bill, we also have a unique villain that’s something I’ve never seen. And that feels like a lot of the comic. This is a world I haven’t seen before. It’s concepts and visuals pop on the page. There’s such a simplicity to it all in ideas but it’s done so well and to a level that really stands out.

Nocterra #2 is a great second issue that delivers more depth to the world and some exciting reveals. It’s an issue that continues to expand upon the first building an exciting story in an intriguing world. This is some top-notch work and an action comic that begs you to get lost in the darkness.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Tony S. Daniel
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Nocterra #2

Nocterra #2

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey
In Shops: Apr 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“FULL THROTTLE DARK,” Part Two-Val brings her passengers to their first truckstop – the Neon Grove! But with her brother getting worse by the minute, and dark forces in hot pursuit, our ferryman finds herself faced with a grave decision.

Nocterra #2

Preview: American Vampire 1976 #6

American Vampire 1976 #6

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Rafael Albuquerque

With the help of the Council of Firsts, Skinner’s team has learned the secret sacrifice required to obtain the Blood of Light-their only hope of stopping the Beast from destroying humanity and conquering the world. Finally within reach of the remedy, the crew sends one of its own on the grueling last leg of the mission-but a devastating betrayal and an unwelcome revelation about Skinner’s quest for immortality could sabotage the expedition.

American Vampire 1976 #6

Nocterra Lights Up Stores with a Sell-Out

No other release on shelves could hold a candle to Wednesday’s mania for Nocterra #1 by award-winning, bestselling writer Scott Snyder and bestselling writer and artist Tony S. Daniel. The highly anticipated debut issue sold out instantly at the distributor level and ignited a reorder firestorm prompting Image Comics to rush the Nocterra #1 back to print.

This second printing will feature new cover artwork by Daniel with colors by Marcelo Maiolo.

Ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous shades, the only way to survive is to stay close to artificial light. Here Nocterra introduces Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled ferryman who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen wheeler.

The shaded world of Nocterra was first introduced through the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign which ran in October 2020 and offered backers a stab at highly collectable editions of Nocterra content including special prints, a hardcover, and behind-the-scenes process work. The campaign wrapped with hundreds of thousands raised by supporters ready and eager for the story proper to begin.

Nocterra #1, second printing (Diamond Code JAN219075) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 31.

Nocterra #1 Glow in the Dark variant (Diamond Code JAN210020) will also be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 17.

Read our review of the first issue.

Nocterra #1, second printing

Review: Nocterra #1

Nocterra #1

When Nocterra came to Kickstarter, I happily backed it. I have the full over-sized black and white version on my shelf. I haven’t cracked it open yet because I wanted to experience the comic monthly, issue by issue and in color, like so many others. Reading it in one go is for down the road. After reading Nocterra #1, I had to crack open my Kickstarter version as I wanted to linger on and soak in the artwork even more. The comic delivers an intriguing premise that feels familiar in a world that feels foreign, strange, and fascinating.

The world has gone dark. Enveloped in a pitch black, the surviving bits of humanity must cling to the artificial light because if they don’t, they begin to turn into monsters. There’s constant danger and a rather bleak existance. Enter Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled ferryman who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen wheeler. Riggs is hired to ferry two mysterious individuals who promise hope.

Written by Scott Snyder, Nocterra #1 feels familiar. The darkness delivers thoughts of Pitch Black while being surrounded by monsters and the focus on a courier has a bit of I Am Legend and The Wilds, among other things. Despite that familiarity, the debut issue is engaging and sucks the reader in. The presentation of the world and build up to the final pages creates a world you become enveloped in.

Riggs being the center of the story, we’re provided a personal experience in this world and her view on it. Snyder gives Riggs some depth, taking us from her childhood to the current situation, ten years after the world has gone dark. We get Val’s perspective on it with a calm acceptance for reasons explained. And we get action, lots of action. Nocterra #1 delivers a hell of a sequence that’s full of entertainment.

That action is delivered by Tony S. Daniel. His visuals, along with Tomeu Morey on color and Andworld Design‘s lettering, get the blood pumping while the action gets going. But, the visuals help flesh out this world telling so much of the story. When Val gets to her town, we’re presented with a new world that packs in details that tell so much more than Snyder’s dialogue provides. You get a good sense of things through Daniel’s art, it’s the small details of the comic. Nocterra #1 also delivers one of the most interesting villains in a long time with a design that sucks you into the void.

Nocterra #1 is a solid start. Though it feels like an amalgam of other stories, it’s entertaining and packed with stunning visuals. We get an interesting world, solid protagonist, and the focus on details that flesh out its characters and world. It’s an amazing start and we’re all in for the ride.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Tony S. Daniel
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Infinite Frontier #0

Infinite Frontier #0

Written by: Michael Conrad, Brian Michael Bendis, Joshua Williamson, Scott Snyder, Tim Sheridan, Joëlle Jones, Becky Cloonan
Art by: Jamal Igle, Rafa Sandoval, Stephen Byrne, Joëlle Jones, Alitha Martinez, Jorge Jimenez, David Marquez, John Timms

The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it’s time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe. In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe-it’s the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns! This oversized, all-star issue kicks off the next great era of storytelling and excitement as top writers and artists reveal what’s next for the World’s Greatest Heroes and opens the door to some of the greatest stories of 2021.

Review: Undiscovered Country #12

Undiscovered Country #12

Undiscovered Country #12 wraps up the adventurer’s time in Unity as the battle against Destiny Man rages and the sector surviving is in the balance. This second arc is an interesting one as it challenges some of the mission and really leaves readers pondering if Unity is the best that America has to offer.

Though it sucked the will and choice from individuals, Unity as a sector delivered peace through technology. There was no illness or poverty but there was also a technocratic hand that controlled everything. There was a calm and orderly aspect to it all but with it came a heavy and grizzly price. But, even with that we’re left wondering if it’s the best this new America has to offer.

And that’s part of the brilliance of what writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule have put together with Undiscovered Country. We’re presented with an exaggeration of the various aspects that make up the United States. Each has some good and each has some bad. In the end we’re likely going to find out none of them are ideal and ideal is the whole but that’s a ways to go. Instead, with each sector we’re shown the good and the bad and in ways left to decide for ourselves what we would do if we were on this journey. The characters are vessels by which the reader is asked questions.

The world has been masterfully crafted this way and each is clearly thought out as far as its underlying philosophy and what it brings to the table, both good and bad.

That world is help crafted by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi. The duo continue to present amazing art. Each sector so far has been so different from each other but at the same time it still feels like it’s the same world. Along with color by Matt Wilson and lettering by Crank!, Undiscovered Country #12 does an amazing job of showing the corruption of the Destiny Man in Unity. The visuals play heavy into that as well as the Destiny Man’s dialogue. It all comes together to show how different he is from the “clean and orderly” Unity. The battle between forces really feels epic and ground shaking.

Undiscovered Country #12 wraps up the current arc while pointing us on our next adventure… which seems intriguing. The series continues to challenge readers to think about the ideals that make up America and shows what happens when things get unbalanced. It’s a reflection of our world and at times continues to mirror real events. It does what science fiction does best, act as a layered discussion of the world in which we live.

Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Color: Matt Wilson Letterer Crank!
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Nocterra Gets a Greg Capullo Variant

The highly anticipated Nocterra by Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel will boast a chillingly eye-popping variant cover featuring artwork from powerhouse artist Greg Capullo.

Additionally, there will be an extremely collectible 1:150 black and white version of the Capullo cover to show off the masterfully, hyper-detailed inks.

Ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous shades, the only way to survive is to stay close to artificial light. Here Nocterra introduces Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled ferryman who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen wheeler.

The shadowy world of Nocterra was first introduced through the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign which ran in October 2020 and offered backers a stab at highly collectable editions of Nocterra content including special prints, a hardcover, and behind-the-scenes process work. The campaign wrapped with hundreds of thousands raised by supporters ready and eager for the story proper to begin.

Now the legendary creators promise to unveil terrors beyond any shade with the debut of an extra-length first issue to get pulses pounding. 

Nocterra #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 3:

  • Nocterra #1 Cover A Daniel & Morey – JAN210016
  • Nocterra #1 Cover B Jock – JAN210017
  • Nocterra #1 Cover C Bosslogic – JAN210018
  • Nocterra #1 Cover D Capullo – DEC209125
  • Nocterra #1 Cover E Blank cover – JAN210019
  • Nocterra #1 Cover G (1:10 copy incentive) Manapul – JAN210021
  • Nocterra #1 Cover H (1:25 copy incentive) Jimenez – JAN210022
  • Nocterra #1 Cover I (1:50 copy incentive) Kristantina – JAN210023
  • Nocterra #1 Cover J (1:75 copy incentive) Jock B&W – JAN210024
  • Nocterra #1 Cover K (1:100 copy incentive) Daniel B&W – JAN210025
  • Nocterra #1 Cover L (1:150 copy incentive) Capullo B&W – DEC209126
  • Nocterra #1 Cover M (1:200 copy incentive) Blackout – DEC209127

Preview: American Vampire 1976 #5

American Vampire 1976 #5

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Rafael Albuquerque

Skinner, Pearl, Book, and the rest of the team are finally united in their mission to stop the Beast from world domination, but the missing key to their success is protected by a council of preeminent ancestral monsters with an axe to grind. These are the progenitors of some of the world’s most iconic folkloric species, and the victims of a broken American promise. Desperate for the council’s assistance, Skinner’s crew becomes a captive audience to their tale of betrayal-but the chilling insight saps all hope of recruiting their help. With only a few days to spare before terror is unleashed, the team must convince the legends that humanity is worth preserving, and that history may still bend toward redemption.

American Vampire 1976 #5
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