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Nocterra’s Blacktop Bill Gets the Spotlight this December

Master of horror Scott Snyder teams up with legendary artist Denys Cowan for a thrilling new penny dreadful in Nocterra Special: Blacktop Bill. This special one-shot issue from Image Comics is set to land on shelves this December and haunt fans of Snyder and Tony S. Daniel’s bestselling series Nocterra.

Behold the book of Blacktop Bill. In the wake of the first arc’s explosive finale, the origin of Nocterra’s most terrifying creature will at last be revealed in Nocterra Special: Blacktop Bill. Witness the horrors that await…

Nocterra Special: Blacktop Bill one-shot will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 22:

  • Cover A by Daniel & Marcello Maiolo – Diamond Code OCT210042
  • Cover B by Cowan & Chris Sotomayor  – Diamond Code OCT210043
  • Cover C blackout variant – Diamond Code OCT210044
  • Cover D 1:10 Copy Incentive B&W by Daniel – Diamond Code OCT210045
  • Cover E 1:25 Copy Incentive B&W by Cowan – Diamond Code OCT210046
  • Cover F 1:50 Copy Incentive Raw by Cowan – Diamond Code OCT210047

Nocterra #6 Wraps the First Story Arc and Sells Out

Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel’s Nocterra #6 is sold out completely at the distributor level. The bestselling series is being rushed back to print by Image Comics in order to keep up with increasing demand for the exciting, story arc conclusion.

You’ve seen the calm…now it’s time for the storm. In Nocterra #6, having unearthed a shocking revelation, Val must prepare for battle before she loses the paradise that she’s risked so much to find.

Nocterra #6, second printing (Diamond Code JUL218738) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 22.

Nocterra #6, second printing

Nocterra #6 Gets Variant Covers and Wraps up the First Arc with a Bang!

Image Comics has revealed three thrilling, over-the-top variants featuring art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Tony S. Daniel and Marcelo Maiolo, and Mirka Andolfo for the forthcoming Nocterra #6 by Scott Synder and Tony S. Daniel. This issue will wrap up the first story arc with a bang and rev readers up for more.

You’ve seen the calm…now it’s time for the storm in Nocterra #6. Having previously unearthed a shocking revelation, Val must prepare for battle before she loses the paradise that she’s risked so much to find.

Nocterra #6 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 18:

  • Cover A Daniel & Morey – Diamond Code JUN210236
  • Cover B Lupacchino & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code JUN210237
  • Cover C Daniel & Maiolo – Diamond Code JUN210238
  • Cover D 1:25 copy incentive Andolfo – Diamond Code MAY219397

Nocterra #2 and #3 Head Back to Print… Again!

Both issues #2, and #3, of the bestselling series Nocterra by Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel have sold-out yet again at the distributor level. Image Comics has greenlit reprints of both in order to keep up with reorder activity on the popular dystopian/thriller series.

In Nocterra #3, readers beware—know the signs: black gums, gnarled bones, and haunting yellow eyes. When you spot a human shade out there in the endless night… run.

Fans eager for the next chapter of the story will find the stakes raised in next month’s Nocterra #5. Readers won’t want to miss out when Val must choose whether to keep her brother Emory safe or risk it all against Blacktop Bill and hordes of human shades in the search for truth.

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 7:

  • Nocterra #2, fourth printing – Diamond Code APR219897
  • Nocterra #3, third printing – Diamond Code APR219898 
  • Nocterra #5 Cover A Daniel & Tomeu Morey – Diamond Code MAY210182
  • Nocterra #5 Cover B Cary Nord – Diamond Code MAY210183
  • Nocterra #5 Cover C Daniel & Marcelo Maiolo – Diamond Code MAY210184
  • Nocterra #5 Cover D Francesco Francavilla – Diamond Code APR218987
  • Nocterra #5 Cover E Daniel B&W 1:10 copy incentive – Diamond Code APR219432
  • Nocterra #5 Cover F Francavilla B&W 1:25 copy incentive – Diamond Code APR219433

Nocterra Sells Out and Heads Back to Print

Both issues #2, and this week’s issue #3, of the breakout hit series Nocterra by Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel have sold-out at the distributor. Rush reprints are being fast-tracked by Image Comics in order to keep up with growing demand.

In Nocterra #3, readers beware—know the signs: black gums, gnarled bones, and haunting yellow eyes. When you spot a human shade out there in the endless night… run.

Nocterra #2, third printing (Diamond Code APR218002) and Nocterra #3, second printing (Diamond Code APR218000) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 2.

Review: Nocterra #3

Nocterra #3

Know the signs: black gums, gnarled bones, and haunting yellow eyes. When you spot a human shade out there in the endless night…run. Nocterra #3 continues the darkness enveloping series adding dread at every turn.

Writer Scott Snyder has done an excellent job of balancing the past and present in the world of Nocterra. Nocterra #3 opens with a glimpse of the past as the world struggled with what was happening. It also provides us the reader a solid way of learning more about how one turns into Shades and what it means as Val and her brother must confront their infected parents.

Nocterra #3 has no problem shifting gears continuing the high octane pursuit as Val, her brother, and her cargo must stay ahead of Blacktop Bill. But, even that hints at more. We find out there’s more to Bill’s pursuit hinting more at the world before.

Snyder has done a fantastic job of balancing this world building and action. The series has balanced between the two playing with its themes of dark and light. Nocterra #3 drops a bit of religious connotation into that with discussions of prayers and the dichotomy of what happens once one turns into a Shade.

The art continues to impress. Tony S. Daniel‘s art brings so much to the world. He’s able to mix a tinge of horror with the science fiction elements. A great example is the tragic opening with Val’s parents is an example of that. Tomeu Morey‘s colors help add a ton as the colors deliver a neon hue that brings a little light to the world. The art really brings home the tension that Snyder creates throughout the series.

Nocterra #3 is another great issue that delivers a deeper view into the world and building up the tension. There’s a lot packed into the issue from visual hints to outright terror. It keeps up the action while shining a little light onto the world and its characters.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Tony S. Daniel
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: AndWorld Design
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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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

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
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