Hope is a common theme throughout the comic book medium. It allows us to accept when a deus ex machina happens and offers to let us believe that the good guys can always come out on top. Some stories try to stick to a realistic approach, showing a bleaker image of the world, but it’s the ones about hope that can stick with us.
Nocterra has been a high-energy story right from the start, and that doesn’t change at all in Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel’s newest issue of their creator-owned work. We begin issue #3 right where we left off, with Val and company on the run from Black Bill.
The second issue of Scott Snyder and Tony Daniel's new series, Nocterra, brings Val and her brother two new passengers at the Neon Grove truck stop - the first of many before they reach their destination. But some R&R isn't in the cards, because just as Val's brother shows signs of getting worse, a dangerous foe catches up to them, forcing Val to make a grave decision.
Geiger is the new superhero limited series by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank about a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by nuclear war. After atomic weapons have destroyed the world, different factions fight for survival, taking care to live safely from the radioactive wasteland, daring to venture out with hazmat suits; however, there’s one man whom everyone fears, as he can withstand the atomic radiation.
Nocterra is the new creator-owned series by a little-known indie writer by the name of Scott Snyder. We’re introduced to a world of everlasting darkness that slowly turns living beings into dangerous creatures, and the only way to survive is by staying close to artificial light. Like any post-apocalyptic series, humanity is forced to live in communities known as outposts, just barely safe from the monsters lurking.
One of the most important things a good story can do is hold a mirror to the world and reflect on it. Killswitch, by Jeffrey and Susan Bridges, provide that reflection in one of the most exciting and action-packed sci-fi stories of the year, and one that centers on a question: Do the ends justify the means?
The end is here for the Augurs. Whether that means they escape or die trying is up to them, but - either way - they aren’t going back. Killswitch creators Jefferey and Susan Bridges culminate this intense and politically inspired tale in a climax that ends on a bittersweet note.
The hit mini-series, Going to the Chapel, from Spencer & Locke creator David Pepose comes together in a wonderful package of humor and brevity. We’re introduced to Elizabeth, full of nerves and cold feet on her wedding day. Just as she is about to walk down (or run away) from the aisle, the wedding is crashed by the infamous bank robbers, the Bad Elvis gang. But, as the saying goes, “The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry,” and it’s up to Elizabeth to save her family, her wedding, the heist, and the robbers whom she has a sordid history with.
Where the first issue of Family Tree from Jeff Lemier and Phil Hester planted an intriguing and otherworldly story and sprouted branches of interesting story ideas, the third issue has taken root to give us a few answers. Of course, not everything can be revealed right away, as we’re left with seemingly more questions than answers (in a good way), and, as the saying goes, we witness the classic case of no good deed going unpunished.
Craig Johnson’s Project: Saviour continues in issue #4, where we’re left with our hero mindlessly pounding a man’s face and inching closer to that line all heroes should never cross. That line may be easy to cross, but is that the person he wants to be? Is trying to do the right thing as easy (or as hard) as it seems?