September 24, 2021
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first_img“The Daytime world never takes the time to ponder what’s going on while it sleeps. Never has time to study the fact that over half of all living creatures on the planet live in the dark. Creatures that may go their entire lives, never seeing the sun. While the rest of the world dreams; The Nocturnals rule the night.”These words have stuck with me ever since I opened my first Nocturnals comic (entitled Black Planet) almost two decades ago. Out of the hundreds of comics on the wall, I remember this book really pulling me in. The hauntingly beautiful art by Dan Brereton on the cover was a monster fans dream. I was instantly sold when I opened up the issue to discover that Dan not only did the cover work; but that he brought the same amazing acrylic and water color style inside to every panel! The series is also written and created by Brereton. The creator has worked with all the big boys in the industry including Marvel and DC, but The Nocturnals are truly home for him. A world in which he can play around in. I always describe the series as that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when it’s Halloween night, only captured between pages.It has been nine years since the release of Carnival of Beasts that we have had the opportunity to revisit The Nocturnals. Luckily after a handful of successful kickstarted projects, Brereton unleashed the ghoulishly pulp-infused world of Doc Horror and the gang on us once again with The Sinister Path. The book has doubled it’s funding goal of $30,000 on the site and paved the way for even more goodies to come with the upcoming In the Night Studio art book he has also been working on. Here is a quick excerpt from the issue…“Evening’s ability to attract and communicate with spirits has been part of her as long as she can remember. Now Eve has begun to attract an element of the spirit word she’s totally unprepared for as alien phantasms from the nether realm terrorize her as she sleeps. While attempting to make sense of these unwanted new abilities, Eve comes into possession of “Jammybottoms,” a doll unlike any in her collection of possessed poppets. As Eve discovers the unsettling connection between her night terrors and the new doll, Doc Horror investigates the bowels of a haunted Victorian estate, making an awful discovery could spell their doom.”Nocturnals: The Sinister Path released this past Wednesday and is a dream come true for fans of the series! The gang is mostly all here, and we get to see the best sides of all of them. I was sad, however, that Komodo was left out. But when you have so many members in the ever growing haunted Avengers team, sometimes it’s okay to let players who already had major story arks hang back for a bit. This gives the book more time to focus on some of our favorites. For instance, Halloween Girl and Gunwitch; two of the most beloved characters from the series. I love the time we spend with Eve as she is in inner turmoil with herself and her ever growing powers, chatting about them with her dolls and Polychrome. It is these simple moments, tied together with the pulp-crime action that truly makes Nocturnals stand on its own. In Sinister Path, Doc Horror and the crew have to investigate Judge Xindle Hemlock’s mansion. The exteriors along with the interiors are something you’d see walking through The Addams Family mansion. Brereton does an amazing job when it comes to lighting within these panels, and the reflections and shadows within the manor are simply breath taking.As the story develops, we are introduced to a few more monstrous characters who have just as much hidden charm about them as the Nocturnals themselves. Only some of these creatures want to do more than just play. As I stated before, if you are a fan of the series already, this book is the creeptastic essence of everything that makes The Nocturnals special. If you are new to the series, Sinister Path is still a great launching point for you, and I promise will get to check out the ever enticing backlog. You can purchase the physical book here or digitally at Comixology.Just don’t be surprised when you start pulling out those fall decorations and lighting your Halloween candles early. It’s all part of being a Nocturnals fan.View as: One Page Slides1/41. 2. 3. 4. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img