Nocterra #8 ADVANCE REVIEW: new threats arise in another stunning, high octane, action-filled issue

Written by: Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel, Art by: Tony S Daniel, Colours by: Marcelo Maiolo, Letters by: Andworld Design.

Val and the Sundog convoy want to go on the offensive against Blacktop and his army. They notice a pattern of safe havens that are either being ransacked or have lost contact with HQ. Meanwhile, Em is still feeling the effects of when he was turned and can hear echoes of shade communications. . . he believes something big is coming. Val and the team set off to stop Bill but with Em's feelings and with many friends gone, can the Sundog convoy really be enough to stop Bill let alone a bigger threat?

Every time I get a new issue of Nocterra I’m speechless by the end. As I’ve said in previous reviews, I’m struggling to pick out faults, not because I want to, but because I don’t think anyone can achieve perfection. The moment some people feel like they have, many stop trying. Despite this series going from strength to strength, I cannot see any signs of slowing down at all. This is a high octane action book that’s incredibly well written and yet always has the audience striving for more never fully satisfied by the issue in hand.

I feel like I’ve long been championing Scott Snyder’s writing for so long now that I don’t think there’s anyone left for me to try and convince how good he is. He truly is a master of storytelling and manipulation (in a good way). He makes you believe one thing, then whips the rug out from under your feet. Something that I love about his writing is the fact that it seems each issue gives us another fantastic quote, like “We’ve been reduced to the denominator of kindness”; such a powerful statement that really resonates, when the real world has a truly overwhelming catastrophe like what they are currently facing. You could imagine that 15 years down the line when you have a generation that know nothing but the apocalyptic world, then kindness would result. Each of us would have to put aside our differences and tiny squabbles and fight for the survival of the species against all odds. No more politics, no more wars over ideology, only survival.

Tony Daniels's art is just incredible. I’m lost for words, as this artwork is getting better and better. I personally think he excels at faces, as every close-up portrays great features and emotions that are so perfect they don’t need to be denoted by words. Then he ups his game even more in this issue, with a 2 page spread. One part of it you can see above. I’m just stunned at how close his artwork is to perfect; I can't see any flaws.

Although I’ve mentioned this book is consistently almost perfect, there is now a big thing that’s letting it down for me. Without giving too much away, this book has been very apocalyptic and there’s also been a bit of science fiction going on. It still feels rather grounded despite this, and so the introduction of extra-terrestrials might just be a step too far. I have full belief in the creative team but I’m now skeptical about how well this story can work with an alien factor coming in.

That being said, it’s still the best looking and written book on the shelves at the moment. Truly exceptional. I’m fully invested in it and I’m curious to see where they can go with these new revelations. I cannot recommend this book enough for both art and script as I’ve been critical on books in the past for either too much action or too little. The team here seem to get the balance just right where even an issue like this with very little action still feels like a solid read, that you just can’t put down.

Nocterra #8 will be released by Image Comics on 2nd March from your Local Comic Shop and 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.

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