- Writer: Scott Snyder
- Artist: Tony S. Daniel
- Colorist: Tomeu Morey
- Letterer: AndWorld Design
- Graphic Designer: Emma Price
- Editor: Will Dennis
- Assistant Editor: Tyler Jennes
Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!
It’s a testament to NOCTERRA that when I saw an advertising for a local brewing company of the same name, I wondered if they based it on the comic (they didn’t). NOCTERRA is a post-apocalyptic story in which the world has become engulfed in darkness and people turn into monsters. Val is trying to save her brother from the infection, which is causing her to take on as many risky cargo shipping jobs as she can. Her most recent cargo, a grandfather and granddaughter is being pursued by a mysterious man who is quickly becoming the big bad of the series (as if gruesome monsters wasn’t enough).
This issue opens with some more background into the origins of the ‘shade infection’ and our main characters. It’s a great way to info dump some background on the monsters while giving some heft to Val’s character. Moving to the present, this issue has at least two huge plot points that guarantee to shape the story moving forward. While this issue sets up some things, I am still completely unclear where the story is going, which is awesome.
Once again, the series does an excellent job telling a story in a world that is dark. Neon lights, the flash of a muzzle from a gun, and fire illuminate the action. Speaking of action, there is a ton as the issue centers around a long chase sequence. The action is depicted in a clear dynamic manner. I also enjoy how the bad guy’s speech bubbles are black with white writing. I’ll be interested to see if that’s just a way to differentiate him from the other characters, or whether that indicates there is something different about him. So far there are almost no details about what his deal is (which makes him more interesting somehow), but there are some tiny hints sprinkled in.
Check back in a few weeks for my review of the 4th issue of the series.
Check out the interview that An Englishman in San Diego did with Scott Snyder below.