Kara O'Connor

Nailbiter #3: A Killer Party

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Nailbiter #3 continues to dole out the serial killers as the Image publication sharpens its storyline.


Nailbiter #3 cover via imagecomics.com

Nailbiter #3
Writer: Josh Williamson
Artist: Mike Henderson
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 2, 2014

Get on board with this series now and pick up Nailbiter #3Nailbiter #2 (2nd Printing), and Nailbiter #1 (2nd Printing)!

The current issue of Nailbiter begins with our evil antagonist, Edward Warren, daintily pruning roses as excerpts from the notes of missing agent Elliot Carroll pepper the landscape. The notes describe Warren as an a-typical serial killer lacking in any discernible traits from other dissociative psychopaths. The placid scene is abruptly jolted when Warren is kidnapped by a group of angry masked men looking for payback for his previous deeds. Meanwhile, our two tenacious officers, Crane and Finch, investigate the murder of young Hank.The teenage boy was found dead, hanging from the front of “The Murder Store” with gnarled, bloody finger tips. The action persists as the issue delivers more opportunities for murder and mystery while insuring we are introduced to new members of the “Buckaroo Butchers,” the town’s legendary horde of serial killers. Deeper questions develop and we are again left with an exciting cliffhanger that should leave you hoping for more. In fact, Nailbiter #3 was so jam packed with plot that I forgot how much had happened till I sat down to write this very review. That is a testament to writer Joshua Williamson, who made me lose myself in the yarn he was spinning.

The story remains consistent, colorful, and rarely pauses from its unceasing pressures. The action is truly vivid and plays out so nicely that I can almost see it happening on a big screen. I’m still longing for a deeper look into both officers’ lives, as I am a sucker for character development. As of right now, Warren is the only personality that seems fully-formed. In a weird and uncomfortable way, he is the only one I’m able to fully connect with. The revolving door of new serial killers is invariably the most fun part of this entire series, and I find myself strangely hoping to see more murderers walk through it. Additionally, I’m growing increasingly suspicious of a few characters–especially Alice, the young girl that pops up at questionable moments and adding odd spaces to the plot. She strikes me as an inconspicuous character that may end up playing a major role in the overall story. Mike Henderson continues to add heft with his distinctive art direction and Pacific Northwest-flavored color palette.

All in all, I’m treating Nailbiter as I would a favorite television series (that I can’t binge watch on Netflix). I anxiously await the next issue and run to the comic book store on Wednesdays so I can beat out all the spoilers. You should probably do the same, if you know what’s good for you.

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