Nocterra #3 (REVIEW)

May 3, 2021

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Nocterra #3
Image Comics

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Tony S. Daniel
Colors by: Tomeu Morey
Letters by: AndWorld Design

Nocterra has been a high-energy story from the jump. Naturally, part of that’s been the result of plot development. But, Scott Snyder and Tony Daniel’s world-building was the driving force behind Nocterra’s tempo through the first two issues.

That changed with Nocterra #3. Readers found out some jaw-dropping information at the end of Nocterra #1, then found out they were in for some action after Nocterra #2, but Nocterra #3 provided the big-time cliffhanger. And the final page of the issue wasn’t all — there are a couple major developments in Nocterra #3.

Sundog is about to be tested, and she may not be alone in that regard. With things happening so quickly, it’s hard to gage what her next move will be. It’s impossible to get comfortable while reading Nocterra — the story is nonstop.

Last thing before spoilers: Nocterra #3’s cover is my favorite main one to this point. Still a lot of story left to go, so it could easily get passed up.

While Sundog has looked badass on each cover, this one hit a little differently because she’s actually going at it with some shades.

(WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Nocterra #3 ahead.)

Em turning this early blew me away. I fully expected him to turn, or at least come very close to doing so. I did not, however, think that would happen so quickly. (In fairness, Snyder and Daniel tried to warn us mid-issue with the flashback to Em and Val’s parents.)

Don’t get me wrong, what happened with Dr. Augustus McCray was nuts, too. But proven to be odd rather quickly — not someone readers can easily get attached to, unlike Em.

Score: 9