Review: Nocterra #4 (Image Comics)

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Colourist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Andworld Design
On Sale: 2nd June 2021

You keep the bad door locked…you hear me? Nocterra returns with a dark issue exploring fears new and old.


This issue is broken down into two parallel stories and Scott Snyder creates such a well constructed journey which engrosses you from the first to the last page. As we follow Val and her rig desperately in search of the sanctuary we also take a glimpse into her time at the beginning of the darkness and how she looked after her brother.

Nocterra has taken us on such a journey in only four issues and the way this issue ended makes me feel there is still so much more to see. I said it after issue #1 and I say it still, there is something very special about Nocterra and I can see this series winning multiple awards. What I find so brilliant about this story is how it’s full of action and suspense while creating characters we care about and villains we want to see more from.


With a story as good as this we need the artwork to be equally as good and that’s exactly what we get. Stunning action sequences and uniquely captivating characters by Tony S Daniel with glorious colours by Tomeu Morey. 

This issue stands out for the amount of monsters/shades it features. Harrowing, horrible looking creatures which jump out of the page and almost make you jump out of your seat. I particularly like the way Val attacks them and the devastation her gun causes when she shoots them.


Yet again this is a fantastic issue with great pacing and full of action but what surprised me was the amount of emotion packed into this issue. For people who love big action, well crafted stories and exquisite art, the Nocterra is the series for you. With a two month window now until issue #5 there is no better time to catch up on the absolutely brilliant series.

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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