Review: Nocterra #6

“Nocterra” – Book Six

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Color Artist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Review by Steve J. Ray

Nocterra #6 delivers an electrifying end to the first volume of this excellent sci-fi/horror/action/fantasy.

Hush… don’t cry, because Scott Snyder and the gang will be back, casting long shadows and delivering sharp lines, deep cuts, and everything we’ve come to expect, after reading the excellent opening arc.

A New Family

I have to say that Val, Bailey and Emory have become loved by this particular reader. These are characters that have been every reason to quit, but there’s so much life and fight in them that I actually feel sorry for the bad guys. We left our heroes at the mercy of Tiberius, and with Blacktop Bill right on their trail. I know I should’ve seen the betrayal coming, but I guess I thought Tiberius would be more like his brother, Augustus. That’s how well imagined, and written these characters are.

Bill continues to terrify me, but Tiberius… oh, brother. Let’s just say that he had to split after coming face to face with the demons of his past. Shhhh… no, I’m not going to give away any spoilers, as this entire series is recommended reading.

Pretty Pictures… and a Thousand Words

Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey turn up the heat and the action in this finale too. Every page is great to look at, every character feels real, and the horror, action, and monsters all leap off the page. AndWorld Design populate every panel with sounds, words, and whispers that work with the story and art beautifully.

Let me say right now that Nocterra #6 is NOT for the faint of heart. There’s gore, blood and violence galore! The human shades are truly terrifying and we finally get to see their true power in this issue. Ouch!

Val, Emory and Bailey are smart, resourceful and, dare I say a little ruthless, in this issue… but, hey! Bad guys, if you can’t stand the heat you shouldn’t fire up your own ovens!

Conclusion

I guess from reading this review you’ve already gathered that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series. For any who may have missed out on this series in single-issue form, worry not! The trade paperback collecting Nocterra vol. 1 (issues #1-#6) will be available to buy from October. Seriously, buy it!

Now, the only thing I have to be sad about is the wait for volume 2!

Artwork Courtesy of Image Comics

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