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"Nailbiter Returns #4" 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
2020. 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 26th, 2020


The seemingly resurrected Buckaroo Butchers have Agent Finch and Alice cornered and they're closing in. These two have an ace up their sleeve though, as the Nailbiter is with them and he's not going down without a fight.

Nailbiter Returns #4 is all-out action blended with dynamite horror from beginning to end. This is a super tense issue as killers descend upon this trio. Artist Mike Henderson is an absolute expert in pacing, ratcheting up the intensity during the bigger sequences, then letting the quieter moments sink in. There's a great exchange in this issue that features both that is incredible.

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The art really has some room to breathe in this chapter, which makes its events far more impactful. You fully understand the danger these characters are in. Bullets are flying and people are dying. The sound effects do some heavy lifting this time around, especially with the “Bangs” that are popping all over the page. Letterer John J. Hill gives each one a good amount of weight, allowing you to feel every single bullet.

There's a dark cloud hanging over Buckaroo. This is a night that will last forever for these folks. Colorist Adam Guzowski casts some ominous shadows throughout this issue, creating an unmistakable feeling of dread. They seem to get bigger as the chapter goes on and the killers get closer. It's like they're snuffing out any possible hope that could be coming.

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We have a rough idea as to what is going on in Nailbiter Returns now that we're four issues in, although writer Joshua Williamson keeps us guessing, especially with another cliffhanger ending that will leave your jaw on the floor. This chapter is an exercise in misdirection, as your attention is pulled one way, leaving you open for the surprise on the final page.

Horror in comics can be tough, as you don't have some of the tools seen in other mediums like a soundtrack or jump scares. Nailbiter Returns is a perfect example of horror done well in comics. It has all the tension of the best spooky stuff on the big or small screen, keeping you on your toes and leaving you begging for more. The twists and turns will leave you guessing, wondering where this incredible story will go next.


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Overall: 5 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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