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“NO BRAKES,” Part Five
Thirteen years ago, the sun set and never returned. Now, with the forces of darkness staring them down, it’s up to Val, Em, and the Ferrymen to save humankind from total blackout. NOCTERRA’s latest arc comes to its stunning conclusion in a no-holds-barred showdown!
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: An exciting, action-packed and thrilling conclusion to this story from Snyder. Snyder has done a fantastic job of world building and character creation in this series and those things create an environment where the reader feels connected to the characters and their circumstances. You find yourself caring about this world and what the characters are trying to accomplish which is what makes the issue and its conclusion all the more satisfying. The Art: Tony S. Daniel delivers brilliantly detailed and beautifully designed action throughout this issue. The stakes are huge in the issue and the art brings those stakes to glorious life on the page.
AIPTOverall, this is a great issue in a similarly great series that has remained rather captivating as the story progressed. Additionally, this issue does a stellar job tying up many loose threads while leaving a lot of potential for future adventures. While this isn't the end of the series forever, readers will have to wait a bit longer to find out how the Sundog Convoy reacts to the massive changes brought to the world. Nocterra #16 is a very strong issue that ends in a fulfilling manner.
Lyles Movie FilesThe ride is done for now, but this has been a fun experience that hopefully will return in the not-so-distant future.
Nerd InitiativeThe Convoy’s last stand versus Blacktop Bill and Nox finishes with an epic conclusion that shouldn’t be missed. Snyder’s flawless writing matched with the amazing visuals of Daniel concludes the hopeless fight against darkness for now, until it’s time to hit the road again on New Comic Book Day!
ComicBook.comThe "No Brakes" story wraps up this week with a character-driven issue that, ironically given its name, starts off pretty slow, with a couple of pages of exposition before we're dumped back into the hellish reality of the modern day. When it does, the action explodes onto the page with a suitably "loud" double-page splash that shows off three different kinds of cool stuff that Tony Daniel has been drawing in this series. Ultimately, there is something just this side of a holy war in the final pages, and in the end, you're left with the distinct impression that something—if not the series, then its first iteration—is truly over now. Scott Snyder promises otherwise in a letter at the back of the book, but certainly it seems like when Nocterra returns, it's going to be a very different look and feel. The art was strong, balancing chaotic crowd fights successfully, and the dialogue and conclusion were all sharp. There were some pacing issues around the middle, but it's overall a strong ending to "No Brakes," and it will be exciting to see where the world goes next.