Written by: Scott Snyder, Art by: Tony S Daniel, Colours by: Marcelo Maiolo, Letters by: Andworld Design.
The Sundog convoy are desperate to find base Eos, but to get there they have to go through everyone at Luna base. The same base that created Bill. Val knows it’s suicide going in, so Piper (Bailey) has to stay back so someone can continue their quest if the unthinkable happens. Can Bill be trusted or is there something else going on that Val hasn’t calculated for?
It’s been less than a month since we were last with Val and the team, and yet it feels like forever. I cannot get these issues quick enough! By now, I should be used to how good this series has become, and not to continue waiting for the eventual drop off, because it never comes. I’m still excited for every issue, and they still look and read as good as the first. I cannot stress enough that this is the best comic on the stands; each month I struggle to find problems with it, as no comic has the audacity to be this good. Snyder is still one of the great writers of the industry and in others hands the penultimate issue to an arc could end up as filler. But Snyder crafts the story with precision, his words like a scalpel to the heart of the reader, making each of us feel so many emotions in just a single issue of 24 pages. The characters are not two-dimensional; each feels so realistic in their actions that it makes you even more invested. At times, there’s a lot of dialogue on the page, but it never feels like a chore to read them as it flows so naturally.
In Greek mythology, there was the goddess of the dawn who rose each morning, heralding the coming of her brother the sun god. The base which the convoy looks for is named after that goddess. They hope that not only will Eos provide safe harbour for them while the ever lasting pm exists, but could also herald the dawning of a new civilisation with the knowledge that Piper has to fix humanity. It’s in deep mythology like this that Snyder thrives. It was similar with his Batman run, where there was a legacy both before and after Bruce Wayne (you can follow along my retrospectives of this series). This is the heart of the book: legacy. What will be the legacy that Piper leaves after her grandfather seemed to accidentally doom the human race? It’s deeper conversations like this that make Snyder one of the best writers around at the moment.
Anyone who has followed my reviews knows that I love landscapes. So to come across the full page (as seen above), I was gobsmacked. It gave me goosebumps to see such a stunning piece of artwork. In a similar vein to that of the writing, I’m waiting for a downfall as nothing can be this consistently amazing. I still believe there’s no such thing as a perfect comic, but I cannot pick up on any problems to this book or series in general. The art and colours are exquisite where not a single line or colour is off.
I’m still blown away each month by the beauty of the art and how well structured the story is. This team are showing that they are a force to be reckoned with and are capable of reaching heights that not many other creators could dream of. I’m still confused by the numbering of the arc on the inside as this one is ¼, but that’s all I can think of, so I rate it an easy 4 out of 5 . . . I just definitely need more of this stunning series.
Nocterra #10 will be released by Image Comics on 11th May from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology
Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.