Nocterra #5 (REVIEW)

Jul 7, 2021

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Nocterra #5
Image Comics

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

Since Scott Snyder was running the Kickstarter for Nocterra, we’ve known this story was going to last a while. So even with Sundog and Bailey seemingly finding salvation at the end of last issue, we had a feeling what they’d stumbled upon might not be a permanent solution. Though, we didn’t know why. Snyder delivers an explanation in Nocterra #5.

In fact, there seem to be a couple of reasons why Sundog won’t be able to stick around. Surprisingly, the reasons aren’t ones I anticipated coming into the issue — I’d be stunned if anyone anticipated what happened in Nocterra #5.

Now that Snyder and Tony S. Daniel have laid the foundation for this world, I expect we’ll encounter even more twists and turns as the first arc comes to a close. Not that there weren’t surprises in the four issues preceding this week’s, but readers got yanked in a couple different directions in Nocterra #5.

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All in all, this remains one of the best ongoing titles across all brands.

(WARNING: Spoilers for Nocterra #5 ahead.)

I had a feeling Emory would actually get help at the Prism, though I can’t say I expected he’d be fully healed before the end of the issue. But as much as the fact-acting nature of the “medication” was surprising, Em’s plan moving forward was even more stunning. As if Sundog wasn’t already dealing with enough stress. But those are the heroes we love most — the ones who do because they have to, not because they want to.

Score: 9

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