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"Nailbiter Returns #10" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Mike Henderson
Colored by Adam Guzowski
Lettered by John J. Hill
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 24th, 2021


A new Buckaroo Butcher has taken things to the extreme, not just due to the personal connections she has to Crane and Warren, but with the body count she's aiming for. It's going big. This is one for the record books. Emotions run high and lives are on the line as Nailbiter Returns comes to a close.

I've been pretty vocal about my love for this series. It's been an absolute delight since the original stories began in Nailbiter and the creators have kept that going for this sequel series. One of the main reasons for this admiration is just how surprising this book is. I never have any idea where it's going to go. Writer Joshua Williamson packs each issue with shocking twists and turns and this finale is no different.

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Penny, the new Buckaroo Butcher, shows us a different side to Warren, further humanizing the serial killer known to the world as the Nailbiter. It's amazing to see his journey over the course of both titles, going from a monster to a sympathetic, somewhat broken man. This comes through in spades in artist Mike Henderson's work. A bushy beard covers the usual sly smile on Warren's face and you can see the pain and hardship in his eyes.

This contrasts well with Crane, who has turned into a total badass. She's rocking an eye patch and a bulletproof vest, ready to take on any and all killers. After everything she's been through, she wants to put this mess behind her.

That brings us to Penny, shown in a shocking white and tinged with red by colorist Adam Guzowski. She hits the page like a lightning bolt, threatening to destroy all the closure these characters have built up. Her red lips and piercing red eyes make her look every bit of the monster she really is. Letterer John J. Hill gives her a menacing voice with a jagged font. There's an interesting moment where that breaks, like the real Penny might be fighting her way out only to be stifled by the killer.

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Penny's plot is elaborate and like something out of a thriller. It adds another level of tension to the story, greatly increasing the stakes, although, to be honest, I don't think it needed it. The wrap up for this plot point feels a little rushed, like it was an afterthought. It was one last loose end to tie up before closing out the series.

Although Nailbiter Returns ends with this issue, it's made abundantly clear that the door is left wide open for more stories. The final page is one of the best cliffhangers this series has ever had and that's saying something, as it's one of the signature aspects of the book.

Nailbiter Returns is just as shocking and terrifying as the original series, building on everything that came before, while also standing on its own as an incredible story. It's an unparalleled horror comic.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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