Review: Nocterra #2 (Image Comics)

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Colourist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Andworld Design
On Sale: 7th April 2021

When you live in the dark sometimes the worst things are in the light as Nocterra returns with issue 2.

PLOT AND STORY

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.

This series already feels huge, only two issues in and Scott Snyder is on fire right now. In a dark, scary and unique world filled with monsters this issue proves once again that it’s other people who you should really be concerned about. Although a very different world the message in this book reminds me of The Walking Dead. Lurking around every corner is something that wants to eat you but your biggest threat could be the person standing behind you.

ARTWORK

I think I said it with issue #1 and I will say it again but Nocterra is stunning and one of the sharpest and stylish comics out there right now. Tony S. Daniel’s art with Tomeu Morey colour works as a perfect pair as every page is packed full of intricate detail and awesome designs. I in particular love the colour scheme, especially when we are in or around the neon covered vehicles which makes the page look like an 80’s colour explosion with a modern twist.

I really appreciate how every page looks real and I don’t just mean the artistic style of the characters. I mean the simple touches like a panel inside a house and we see pictures hung on walls and bookshelves with books on. Seeing this rather than simple plain backgrounds you often see in comics makes such a difference to the feel of the book.

Andworld Design provides the words to this issue and I especially like the red narration boxes which stand out well on the page.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Nocterra is quickly becoming one of my favourite comics on the shelves right now because it’s a well structured layered story with characters I’m interested in and amazing artwork which feels like your looking at stills from a movie. The journey has only just begun and I can tell its going to be a wild ride.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images are artwork are owned and courtesy of Image Comics and their respective owners.

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