NAILBITER #10 Expands the Buckaroo Butchery – Comic Review
If you’re not reading Nailbiter, it’s only because you don’t know what you’re missing. Best way to find out if someone would be interested in Nailbiter is to ask a simple question: Do you like Silence of the Lambs or True Detective? Nailbiter takes the best qualities of both but feels a tiny bit less dreadful, making it a fun edge-of-your-seat comic book series.
Nailbiter brings you to the small town of Buckaroo, Oregon, the birthplace of serial killers and home of the recently acquitted Edward ‘Nailbiter’ Warren. NSA agent Nicholas Finch is contacted by an FBI profiler to help with his investigation behind why so many serial killers come from Buckaroo. When Finch arrives, he’s brought into an investigation ladened with Murphy’s law. This entry of Nailbiter picks up exactly where the last issue left off, right after a school bus driver kidnapped a busload of children. It continues to distract us from the main investigation, but helps expand on the residents of Buckaroo and how living there affects them.
Nailbiter is one of those stories that feels much larger than the comic medium can handle. It’s as if writer Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted) has ideas pouring out of him faster than what can be put to page. Though, it feels we are taken away from the mainline plot, it still adds to the overall experience of Nailbiter. Buckaroo is just as much a character in the story, but something far more sinister is happening and it feels interrupted when sideline residents become the main plot of an issue or two. However, this is still a great issue in the thriller/mystery series. This town is a train wreck you can’t look away from. Beside that minor gripe, there’s a moment in this issue which took me out of the story to raise some questions, but I was pulled back in by the following last few pages. And what a great setup for the next issue, one of the best. Readers of the series have been waiting for this moment.
Mike Henderson continues to present fantastic visuals. His style is a staple of Nailbiter and wouldn’t be the same without him. Henderson totally sells this issue with one page alone. Combined with Adam Guzowski’s colors, Nailbiter is quite colorful and bright for a comic that teeters on the line of horror. It’s a unique choice that makes the comic more appealing to me. I personally wouldn’t have it any other way.
Not much more I can add without spoiling some of the stranger moments or high notes of the issue. This is a strong follow up to the last issue and sets up the next with tension running high throughout. If you’re already following Nailbiter, this one will bring you back for more. If you’re new to Nailbiter, pick up issues nine and ten to test the waters. You can always go back for the previous issues to get up to speed on the bigger picture.
Published by Image Comics
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Mike Henderson
Colors by Adam Guzowski
Letters by John J. Hill