Review: Nocterra #3 (Image Comics)

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Colourist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Andworld Design
On Sale: 5th May 2021

In a game of cat and mouse will Val have what it takes to outrun Blacktop Bill.


Issue #3 picks things up exactly where we left them at the end of issue #2 with Val frantically trying to outrun the crazy Blacktop Bill who wants the cargo Val is transporting. That cargo is Bailey, Em and their grandfather doctor who may just hold the key to bringing back the light.

I think I have said this every month but what a cracking issue. I can’t wait for the day Scott Snyder writes a movie screenplay because he already has that skill as demonstrated with this story. The way Val has fallen into the guardian role for young Em and Bailey makes her the reluctant hero people love to see. Just like Han Solo in Star Wars or Ripley in Aliens, Val’s journey from self centred lovable rogue into a leader and saviour is what makes this series so endearing. 


What I find so special about this book is how bright and colourful Tony S.Daniel and Tomeu Morey make a story set in eternal darkness. Even though the sun has gone with page after page splashed with dazzling neon gives the story a very futuristic vibe.

Most of this issue is one long car chase but the moments which stood out the most are how Blacktop Bill’s black entourage contrasts against the bright lights of Val’s rig.

The lettering is very important to the flow of this issue as we transition from conversations to internal narration and the different colours and styles by Andworld Design make this easy to understand. 


Scott Snyder is a name that will attract people to buy this comic but its fast paced, entertaining story and dazzling art is what will keep people coming back every month. This issue is a turning point for the series crafting out the new arc and motivation for the story ahead. This series is becoming as gripping as it is entertaining with interesting characters and a unique setting. This is a creative team working at their very best.

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

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