Nocterra #1

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Tony Daniel, Tomeu Morey Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 3, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 47
8.6Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"FULL THROTTLE DARK," Part One-Ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous shades, the only way to survive is to stay close to artificial light. Enter Valentina "Val" Riggs, a skilled ferryman who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen wheeler.

This March, legendary creators SCOTT SNYDER (Dark Knights: Death Metal, WYTCHES) and TONY S. DANIEL (Batman, Deathstroke) unveil horrors beyond any shade in this extra-sized first issue.

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 3, 2021

    Nocterra seems ready made for a live-action translation and it wouldnt be shocking to see it on Netflix, Amazon, etc. within a few years.This is a very strong debut issue and well worth getting in on the opening miles of what looks to be a very exhilarating road trip. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Mar 3, 2021

    Nocterra #1 delivers a unique concept and a story with deeply emotional stakes while giving its readers a new reason to be afraid of the dark. The first issue ends with the perfect cliffhanger, and given its creators' zeal for the story-as well as the fact that it was the subject of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign-Image Comics may yet again have another hit series on its hands. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Mar 3, 2021

    Val Riggs knows what life in darkness is like, and she is one of the few with the nerve to travel among the Shades. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Mar 3, 2021

    Everyone involved is a true virtuoso, and this is one of the most exciting comics of 2021 thus far. It's this brilliant synthesis of horror, science-fiction, post-apocalypse, and superhero-adjacent elements that make it an enthralling read and should be on the top of your pull lists if it isn't already. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Mar 3, 2021

    A novel supernatural horror tale about a world suspended in eternal night, Nocterraaccomplishes everything a modern comic book should, and more. Thought-provoking and exciting,Nocterra #1 is a stunning debut that should not be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 3, 2021

    Nocterra #1 is a solid start. Though it feels like an amalgam of other stories, it's entertaining and packed with stunning visuals. We get an interesting world, solid protagonist, and the focus on details that flesh out its characters and world. It's an amazing start and we're all in for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Mar 1, 2021

    Nocterra #1 is a great start. Can't wait to see how the story's first arc continues to take shape next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 3, 2021

    Tony S Daniel delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The characters look great and the action is both thrilling and filled with energy. The immediacy of the story allows for Daniel to incorporate a sense of movement to the panels. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 15, 2021

    This book surpassed my expectations as Snyder and Daniel bring out their respective big guns to deliver a book that has an intriguing premise with a likeable lead. I am sure that fans of either will love this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame Mar 3, 2021

    The series could easily feel like another The Walking Dead, given the nature of a world consumed by murderous creatures, but it plays a little more like what Scooby-Doo Apocalypse might have transformed into after a decade or two. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Danilo To Mar 3, 2021

    For someone who was expecting Nocterra to be plain and visceral, this was a huge and most welcome surprise. No doubt the creative team has big plans for this title and I recommend any fan of post-apocalyptic science fiction to pick it up and give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone Mar 2, 2021

    I said it in a tweet and I will say it again, this is one of the best opening issues of a comic book series I have read in a long time. Its fresh, bold storytelling on a big scale with superb artwork and introduces us to a world of crazy opportunities and possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Mar 3, 2021

    BUY THIS BOOK! For those lucky enough to get on the ground floor of anything that Scott Snyder does, he's one of the hottest authors the past few years. I am not sure how his imaginative faucet gets turned on, but I hope he has a run that rivals that of Stephen King! With Tony S. Daniel on art, you can't go wrong. What he did with Batman in Detective Comics is simply art at its finest"gallery worthy stuff! This combination of author and artist is what people in comics thought of when they put Batman and Superman together for the first time".Mind Blown! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ronnie Gorham Mar 2, 2021

    Writer Scott Snyder and artist Tony S. Daniel invite us into a world where the sun sets forever and the planet has been plunged into darkness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Mar 2, 2021

    Nocterra #1 delivers a summer blockbuster film by way of comics, operating with comforting grandiosity as it lays out an interesting concept with an execution of familiar big thriller action beats. This story about high-speed trucking through mutant darkness is going to be one hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Cody White Mar 3, 2021

    Nocterra #1 (@Ssnyder1835 @TonyDanielx2 @tomeu_morey @andworlddesign @ImageComics) tells a dark tale of a dark world, where the only hope may very well be the headlights of an eighteen-wheeler! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Mar 3, 2021

    Final ThoughtsScott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel definitely deliver with this introduction to a new comic book world. This comic provides a new world enveloped in darkness but shows the fights not gone from humanity yet. It's a great first step into a new comic book series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Mar 3, 2021

    Nocterra #1 presents an interesting world to readers, even if the setup for the journey for it is kind of cliche. Snyder uses narration expertly, as he's wont to do, laying out the rules of this new dark Earth (get it- Nocterra?). Daniels and Morey work well together, even if the creature design leaves a little something to be desired. Nocterra has a great premise, and the characters have a lot of potential, and that's all a new book needs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Mar 3, 2021

    I'm going to dispense with any pretense here, 'Nocterra' #1 is a great comic. The world-building, the characters, the action, the art, it's all first-rate and executed to precision. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Weber Mar 8, 2021

    A thrilling introduction to a dystopian world, that leaves readers desperate to see more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Mar 20, 2021

    Nocterra presents a fleshed-out, horrifying world where darkness can literally kill you. While it retreads some themes we've seen before, I'm still eager to see where this story goes next. It's another in an increasingly growing line of action horror titles that have been popping up lately and I'm here for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 12, 2021

    Snyder and Daniel have crafted an excellent start to this new series. Nocterra traverses the darkness and provides light in the form of a fantastic story. Pick this one up; I think Image Comics has another hit series in the making. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Feb 15, 2021

    America has been plunged into a debilitating and terror-transforming darkness. A darkness that the survivors of this sudden globe spanning disaster have had to adapt. Like Undiscovered Country, Nocterra seems to be another dystopian road trip across America, but in the dark. Only time will tell if it's too close for comfort, but it's still a promising debut issue nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Mar 4, 2021

    This is a superb first issue from a fantastic creative team firing on all cylinders, and for a series I knew nothing about until today, its one that Im sure Ill be shouting the praises of over the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek'd Out - Michael Farris Jr. Mar 3, 2021

    Nocterra goes up against a bevy of comics vying to satisfy our dystopian survival story itch. An intriguing Death Stranding-meets-The Mist-plunged-in-darkness premise, aided by empathetic characters on an epic quest, makes this comic a bright spot on the pull list. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Mar 2, 2021

    Nocterra #1 is a tough one to judge. If you like Scott Snyder's work then his style bleeds through in this series and you will find something to enjoy. I like the horror/sci-fi feel of the book but also mixed with this almost campy type tone of this post-apocalyptic world and its citizens. The art is all-around solid as well. But, I feel like we have seen all this before. Nothing really jumps out in Nocterra #1. From the story to the art, there is nothing that stands out to me, to say you have to pick this series up. Hopefully that changes in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Mar 4, 2021

    Nocterra #1 stutters under its narrative load and a somewhat inconsistent visual experience. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 9, 2021

    While the Shades are little more than generic monsters, Nocterra #1 works in setting up the world and, most importantly, the character of Val. It also foreshadows more trouble for the ferryman not only from the monsters but another hunter after her cargo. Read Full Review

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