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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

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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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

Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel’s Nocterra Comes to Image

Award-winning, bestselling writer Scott Snyder and bestselling writer and artist Tony S. Daniel will ensnare fans in a riptide of fear this March with new series Nocterra, out from Image Comics.

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.

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

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.

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

Nocterra #1

Preview: Batman #98

Batman #98

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Jorge Jimenez (CA) Tony S. Daniel
In Shops: Sep 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“The Joker War” part four of six! Batman is at his most vulnerable following a massive dose of an experimental new Joker toxin. With the Dark Knight haunted by demons and visions, it’s up to Harley Quinn to protect him while he recovers-because Punchline is on her way!

Batman #98
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