Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Tony S. Daniel
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Andworld Design
Published: April 7, 2021
Publisher’s Summary: “FULL THROTTLE DARK,” Part Two
Val brings her passengers to their first truckstop—the Neon Grove! But with her brother getting worse by the minute, and dark forces in hot pursuit, our ferryman finds herself faced with a grave decision.
“Hell, what are ferrymen but people who transport souls through the land of the dead? We even get paid by taking coins off your eyes.”
In Nocterra #1, Scott Snyder introduced readers to a world suspended in eternal darkness and the beasts that lurk there-within; in this sophomore issue, Snyder further defines our protagonists and provides additional information about the inception of the ‘Big PM.’
With Nocterra #2, Snyder is able to maintain the momentum generated in the debut issue, pacing this chapter in accordance with the information being delivered, allowing readers the necessary time to digest additional details without sacrificing any of the energy inspired by the extremely high stakes. As the series progresses, I am confident that this pacing will continue until a big reveal that leaves readers eager for a second arc. Based on what Snyder has delivered thus far, I am also confident that not everything is as it appears and it is only a matter of time before things take a turn for the worse…
In a single two-page spread featuring a convoy of bad guy vehicles, Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey stun readers with a gorgeous rendering. While every page in this issue is visually stimulating, it is scenes like this one further immerse readers into the world of Nocterra by highlighting one of the series’ peculiarities.
The Bottom Line
An impressive second issue, Nocterra #2 further defines the world and characters of Nocterra while also making clear the danger that’s nipping at our protagonists’ heels. Another must-read issue.