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Nocterra: Nemesis Special

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

As Sundog Convoy fights to prevent the end of everything, a Ferryman is shown the beautiful, terrifying origin of light and darkness across all of space and time. This special one-shot will lead directly into the stunning conclusion of the “No Brakes” storyline!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Nocterra: Nemesis Special #1 digs into more of the series’ lore, and while it certainly feels pretty urgent to the ongoing plot of the monthly comic, the real treat here is the art by Liam Sharp. He goes with a look that is about halfway between Sharp’s mainstream superhero work and the usual feel of Nocterra, leaving audiences with the stylish and unsettling feeling of something like Violent Messiahs. Andworld Design’s lettering perfectly matches the tone, shifting slightly from the look of the monthly comic and meeting Sharp’s art where it lives. Snyder introduces some cool horror elements to the story—some of which would have felt at home in “American Vampire” or even some of the darker issues of his Batman run—and Sharp renders them in pages that feel heavily inspired by Bill Sienkiewicz. It’s a beautiful issue, where Snyder drops a lot of lore and fills pages with enough words to make J.M. DeMatteis’s Justice League issues blush, but it doesn’t lose the pacing, in part because of how masterfully all that plot is matched by the storytelling.

  • 90


    Nocterra: Nemesis Special is a spectacular read that sets everything in place for the final chapter of this story. With only one issue left in this arc, there’s a lot that Nemesis Special succeeds in doing to lay the groundwork for what seems to be an epic conclusion to “No Brakes”. Not only does it deliver a battle that many have expected for a long time, but it delivers one that lives up to the stakes built around it. Furthermore, this issue is a blast to read from start to finish.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    The grim presence of Nox’s most dangerous follower shines through in an incredible one-shot issue. The haunting fantasy battlefield of Emory’s mind comes to life through excellent writing and stunning visuals. The creative team keeps the petal to the metal with an engaging tale that is a must-have on New Comic Book Day.

  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Snyder and Daniel do one of the things that Snyder does best in this issue. The story is filled with great tension and emotion and all of the events are centered on the personal journey of Emory and how he has to overcome the ghosts of his past. As the story rises in both action and stakes, the possibility of victory is challenged at the last moment by an act that calls everything into question and could lead to possible defeat. A great standalone issue that delivers on everything including its emotion and stakes.

    The Art: Sharp delivers some highly detailed and brilliantly composed art throughout the issue. The visual style works beautifully with the story.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    It’s beautiful and fantastically dark in places, but there simply isn’t enough holding it together to make it feel like a coherent story. The pursuit is interesting, but so much of what Emory is going through lacks the kind of direction that would make for a compelling trip between two covers of a single comic book.

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