Comic Book Series Review: Nailbiter
This series will really slay you!
Buckaroo, Oregon has given birth to sixteen of the vilest serial killers in the world. An obsessed FBI profiler investigating the town has suddenly gone missing, and now an NSA Agent must work with the notorious serial killer Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to find his friend and solve the mystery of “Where do serial killers come from?”
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading this comic book series, Nailbiter is a horror comic about serial killers. That’s already a great premise, but it gets much better. The majority of the story takes place in the fictional town of Buckaroo Oregon. This particular town has produced 16 of the worst serial killers in America.
The series opens up with finding Edward Charles Warren “The Nailbiter” being caught by the FBI. He is the newest of the serial killers to be produced from this small town and is the one FBI agent Charles Carroll uses to help connect the dots between all of the other serial killers from the town of Buckaroo.
Warren gets off without getting convicted of any crimes during his trial, so he decides to head back to his hometown. This leads Carroll to come to Buckaroo to try to figure out the mystery of why this particular town has given birth to so many serial killers. This doesn’t end well for him.
After his mysterious disappearance, Carroll’s friend and NSA agent Nicholas Finch takes up to the task of figuring out what happened to Carroll. Once Finch gets to Buckaroo he starts a partnership with the town sheriff, Sharon Crane, who has her own personal history with Warren AKA The Nailbiter.
And if the story itself wasn’t already amazing, Mike Henderson absolutely kills when it comes to the art. Some of the things he had to draw during the run of this comic can be a bit gruesome, but never feels like too much when you’re reading it. Henderson knows when to hold back or go all out with the gore. Also, all of the characters have their own unique look to them. Especially the other serial killers in the series.
I think the best way I heard this series described was that it’s a mixture of Twin Peaks and Dexter. If you haven’t been able to tell, I’m a bit of a fan of this series, and think it’s been one of the better things I’ve read recently. What’s nice about it is that it’s a 30 issue run and collected in the six TPB, so there’s a complete story you can read. No waiting around to resolve any cliffhangers.
I’m giving the Nailbiter series…
5 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots