Comic Review: Nocterra #1 (Image Comics)

Scott Snyder’s new comic book is with Image Comics, and is entitled ‘Nocterra’. The world has gone dark. The sun has gone away, and now it’s eternal night. Living creatures […]

Scott Snyder’s new comic book is with Image Comics, and is entitled ‘Nocterra’.

The world has gone dark. The sun has gone away, and now it’s eternal night. Living creatures have mutated and interbred into monsters who thrive in darkness. Only artificial light can keep them at bay, and just barely. A bite or scratch can be fatal. Valentina Riggs is a truck driver who brings people and goods along dark and dangerous roads between settlements. She needs cash to keep going, and she’s never more than a trip or two away from being broke. Who knows who’s paying her way this time?

It’s tightly written, and Snyder threads us carefully through the starting gears, packing scenes with action and information. We slowly gather speed and suspense, shifting upward into more and more densely compressed moments.

Tony S. Daniel illustrates believable, life-like panels, his people expressive and well proportioned. The colouring is excellent too, ushering additional spooky atmospheric moments. Tomeu Morey is the colourist, AndWorld Design produces the lettering.

A good title, with strong concept, sympathetic characters, and promise for great miles ahead, big buddy!

Image, Nocterra #1, $3.99 for 34 pages of story content. Mature readers

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!