By Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, & Adam Guzowski
The third arc of Nailbiter kicks off with an amazing cover from Mike Henderson and Adam Guzowski, harkening back to the iconic image of the premiere issue. Nick Finch has finally turned to his last resort to discovering the truth(s) of Buckaroo by using his skills to interrogate Edward Warren – the Nailbiter.
This series has been enjoyably macabre and arcane. The previous chapter focused on the philosophical and emotional impact of Buckaroo and its murderous progeny. This issue hits the ground running and doesn’t let up. Some of the best moments in film and television are interrogation scenes and this book pays homage to this powerful convention. Joshua Williamson keeps the dialog short and taught, but what really sells the thrilling material in this comic is the artwork.
Henderson’s page layouts make readers go from panel to panel very quickly building the tension. Also, he varies the layouts with some unique designs that aren’t normally seen in comics. It was very refreshing to see interrogations handled so well in this medium. Guzowski continues to nail the crimson, shady color palette that sells the mood and tone so well. Meshed with Mike’s artwork and Williamson’s writing, this start to a new arc is off to a spellbinding start.
Nailbiter continues to be a gem amongst Image’s titles. New readers should pick up the first two trades and this issue. Readers may get nightmares, but this comic is worth it!