Batman Writer Scott Snyder Gets His Own Imprint

Veteran DC Comics and Batman scribe Scott Snyder is teaming up with superstar artist Tony Daniel for a new monthly series called Nocternal. The book, which will be the first published under Snyder’s new creator-owned imprint at Image Comics, Best Jackett Press, also includes colorist Tomeu Morey, letterer Deron Bennett, and editor Will Dennis.

Nocternal takes place 10 years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous ‘shades.’ Enter Valentina ‘Val’ Riggs, a skilled ‘ferryman’ who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen-wheeler,” reads the book’s description in a press release. “When an old man promising sanctuary offers Val a job to drive him and his granddaughter up through the Rocky Mountains, she takes it, hoping there might be some truth to his claim. What she finds in the end, though, is something much more horrifying than any shade…”

Snyder said that his own fear of the dark was a major influence on the story of Nocternal.

“As a kid, I was terrified of the dark, so as you can imagine, this book hits a real nerve for me,” Snyder told IGN. “That’s why I wanted it to mark the start of a big return to creator-owned for me – it’s personal but it’s also a big, high-octane thriller.”

Nocternal and Best Jackett Press are part of Snyder’s big push into creator-owned comics after almost a decade of being a major creative force for DC’s superhero multiverse. From a critically-acclaimed run on Batman to a cosmic take on the Justice League to massive crossover epics like Dark Nights: Metal and its sequel Death Metal, Snyder is perhaps the most influential storytelling voice at DC at the moment and has guided the publisher’s tapestry of superhero books from one event to the next for the past few years.

But Snyder recently told Newsarama that Death Metal would be “his last big superhero project with DC for a while.”

“I’m not leaving superheroes, but I need to start working on more of my own stuff,” Snyder said. “I’m still doing stuff at DC, but definitely not as much. I want to give other people a chance with the big stuff at DC. And to be perfectly frank, there’s a lot I want to do outside of superhero comics.”

Snyder revealed that he has quite a few creator-owned projects in the works. He’s not only currently working on the dystopian Undiscovered Country at Image but also plans to return to his horror series Wytches with frequent collaborator Jock as well as launch a new horror series with artist Francesco Francavilla.

“Rafael Albuquerque, Greg Capullo, and I are going to be doing more stuff together,” Snyder told Newsarama. “Death Metal and American Vampire: 1976 are a neat way to cap off my previous decade at DC. But I’ll be doing more work with them after this, as well as with Jock and some other people from my time at DC; Becky Cloonan, to name another.”