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"Nailbiter Returns #7" 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 November 25th, 2020


Who says you can never go home again? Well, maybe when it starts raining blood when you get near your hometown, you should take it as a sign. As Alice, Finch, and the others get closer to the source of the recent bloodshed, things get trippy. They struggle to discern what's real and what's a hallucination, all while fighting for their lives.

Artist Mike Henderson goes all out in Nailbiter Returns #7. This is some of the most insane artwork he's turned in for this series to date and it's an absolute delight to see. One element I love about Nailbiter is how it's grounded in reality, but there are these bits that make you question that. Maybe, just maybe, there's an air of the supernatural about all this. This issue is a perfect example of that uncertainty.

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You already heard about the raining blood. That's tame compared to what else we see in this book. Alice falls through a curtain to a kind of fantasy land with rivers of the crimson liquid running every which way. Bodies pile up as she dons bone armor and hacks and slashes her way through previous Buckaroo Butchers. All the while she's moving ever forward to confront the cause of all this, depicted as a giant talking finger with a hideous sharp nail. I told you it was trippy.

Alice also gets a glimpse of a scene from her parents' past. We see this sequence play out in the opening pages first without Alice, then she's shown translucently, like a ghost. Colorist Adam Guzowski differentiates this well. I love how the colors here are so bright, like you almost have to squint to focus on these pages, making them stand out from the rest of the comic.

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And the blood! Guzowski does a brilliant job with the blood as always. There are a few shades at work in this chapter. The rivers run a very dark – almost black – color while it's a lighter red when it bursts forth from a severed head. Letterer John J. Hill matches that beheading intensity with some big, bold dialogue work. It's only surpassed by our antagonist, whose words are shown in a scratchy font, conveying a truly sinister tone.

Just when I think I have Nailbiter Returns figured out, writer Joshua Williamson adds some signature twists and turns to keep me on my toes. This issue is one of the most disturbing yet as we explore all kinds of hallucinations that will haunt you for days. All the while, the plot is moving forward, getting these characters – and us – ever closer to answers. Nailbiter is much more than a serial killer story.


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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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