Comic Review: Nocterra #8 (Image Comics)

As Val and her allies are speeding down the road for resources and answers, Blacktop Bill isn’t far behind. Yet even Blacktop Bill has some enemies that are looking to […]

As Val and her allies are speeding down the road for resources and answers, Blacktop Bill isn’t far behind. Yet even Blacktop Bill has some enemies that are looking to destroy him before he could carry out his own personal mission to destroy the rest. It’s a game of cat and mouse, and only one will be the victor.

If there is anything to take away from this issue in regards to Snyder’s writing, he’s definitely managed to make Blacktop Bill a very terrifying character that shows no mercy at the drop of a dime. Snyder unleashes all kinds of merciless mayhem that readers will be surprised by. As Val tries to reach her goals only to come to the realization that the only way out of hell is by going within (metaphorically speaking), it’s a pretty wild ride. What is great is this is very much a classic Snyder book where Snyder focuses more on the horror and suspense and less on the sort of writing style that he once had in his later half of his DC comics career (which wasn’t bad, just not as fulfilling as the early to middle years of his tenure there).

Art: In regards to the art department, Tony Daniel continues to deliver stylistically consistent work. This might be one of the most goriest issues he’s worked on thus far as the stakes get higher and gruesome. The colorwork by Marcelo Maiolo is fantastic and beautifully renders the linework of Daniel, giving the book a very lived-in, horrific yet colorful style that continues to suit the story of this title. Andsworld design does a great job with the lettering, suitably complimenting the entirety of the book cohesively as possible. This is a good issue that retains interest for what is to come within this series. There’s a lot of action, suspense, and surprises that will keep readers guessing throughout, which is always a good sign of a great action-packed horror comic. Add this to your pull list for new comic book day.

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