Nailbiter #11 Review

Has Finch finally snapped? Or will this Buckaroo Butcher (or should I say alleged Buckaroo Butcher) be too much for him? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

NEW STORY ARC Does the Nailbiter know why sixteen of the world’s worst serial killers all came from the same small town? Does he know the truth? Find out as the Nailbiter…confesses!

Nailbiter11_CoverBHaving been a little disappointed with the final product that was on display within last month’s Nailbiter/Hack/Slash crossover, I’m glad to see the story revert back to normal. And what better place, than a brand new story arc. The confrontation that has been brewing since Nailbiter #1 finally arrives, as Finch finally stops beating around the bush, interrogating Edward for answers. Using any means necessary. This leads to some dramatic moments, and along with the expansion on the whole Buckaroo Butchers’ background, things certainly get interesting. As if they weren’t already.

“Well, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming?” Sorry couldn’t help myself, but whenever I read Joshua Williamson‘s scripts for Nailbiter, I can’t help but think of Silence of the Lambs. This has never been more truer than it is here, and though it’s surprisingly Finch (opposed to Crane) that Edward has this chilling moments with, it’s still reminiscent of this classic. Putting that to one side, the writer manages to move the story forward in an utterly gripping fashion, with the dramatic set-ups and symbolic teasing allowing plenty to speculate over. The character interaction also proves an enticing as ever, with the rich, depth to them being awe-inspiring.

First thing I have to say about Mike Henderson‘s fabulous artwork is about the cover. What a marvellous cover. Great twist on the main cover for Nailbiter #1, showing just how far Finch might be willing to go. If this doesn’t entice enough, then his interiors certainly do. Being as dramatic as ever, the layouts quickly draws in this reader, with the chilling sense of doom in the Butcher of Buckaroo sequences. The colours of Adam Guzowski also as ever gives brilliant tone and texture, with the bold, yet soft tempo throughout being simply magnificent.

Nailbiter #11 is a wonderful jumping on point for new readers, as well as a fantastic continuation for current. Giving great insight into the background of Buckaroo (all be it in a mysteriously teasing way), this issue will leave fans more invested in this murderous town, with the altercation between Finch and Edward being as intense as expected.

  • + Fabulous altercation between Finch and Edward!
  • + Gripping artwork.
  • + Teasing background development.
  • - No Crane.

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