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Nocterra: Val Special

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.

“DARK VAL,” One-Shot

In this special one-shot featuring awesome art by FRANCIS MANAPUL (Clear, Justice League), Val reflects on her hard and sometimes merciless past in the wake of the shocking events at the conclusion of “Pedal to the Metal.” But when an unlikely ally reveals a way to find Val’s convoy and take them to Eos, Val must go against her every instinct in order to trust this new partner.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
Amazon ASIN

3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Nocterra’s Val Special reinvents the lead character from the series for her new status quo, and in doing so, gives fans a look at what feels likely to be coming in the future. With a script by Scott Snyder and Tony Daniel and art by Snyder’s Justice League collaborator Francis Manapul. While the Blacktop Bill Special had a lot going for it, Denys Cowan’s style was so wildly different from Daniel’s that it was sometimes challenging to see the story in the same universe as the ongoing. There’s no such problem here, especially when Manapul’s colors so perfectly match up with the palette fans are used to. The special throws a lot at you, and as Snyder is sometimes wont to do a lot of it is in expository bursts, but everything it throws at you feels rewarding and entertaining.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    This one-shot is definitely worth picking up for Nocterra fans. The saga has been nice and unpredictable as of late and it’s nice to see the creative team still has some ways to surprise readers.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Nocterra: Val Special is a cliche story that still hits hard. Snyder and Daniel take a plot that every horror story has done but use it to show readers how Val has changed since her younger days. Manapul’s art is terrific, and that’s all there is to it. This is a great comic and whets the appetite for the return of Nocterra.

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