Review – Nailbiter #5 (Image Comics)

Nailbiter05_Cover - CopyPublisher: Image Comics
Writer(s): Joshua Williamson
Artist(s): Mike Henderson
Release Date: 3rd September 2014

The town of Buckaroo is hideously infamous: 16 serial killers have been born, bred and butchers right there. The most infamous of all the Buckaroo Butchers is Edward Warren, the Nailbiter, with a laundry list of crimes that he was unbelievably acquitted of.

Army Investigator Fitch is currently suspended for murder when his friend, FBI Agent Eliot Carroll calls him to assist on the case of the Buckaroo Butchers. Carroll is convinced he has found a link as to why so many serial killers have been born in Buckaroo. But when Fitch turns up Carroll is missing and Fitch agrees to help local police officer Crane. Crane who was Warren’s prom date.

People start dying again. Warren, who lives alone on a farm, is obviously suspect numero uno. However, when a local dies, while Warren talks to Crane and Fitch, it seems that everyone is wrong and something else is going on in Buckaroo.

Issue 5 opens with Carroll found and hooked up to life support. A new FBI agent turns up to take over the case, but Fitch and Crane crash an arson attack at the local serial killer souvenir shop run by the creepy Raleigh – a descendent of a Buckaroo Butcher. They are rescued by an unlikely hero from the clutches of an Hostel-esque horror. So who is the Butcher? Number 17? Or did Carroll need to look closer to home?

This series has been getting stellar reviews and while I did hear one dissenting voice – you know who you are – I’ve got to say I love this series. As far as I am concerned ‘the serial killer’ is an infinite quarry. Couple that with lots of blood and gore and gruesome modus operandi and I am pretty much sold. The plot isn’t too complex, granted, maybe a little scooby-doo but interesting characters and schlock horror make for a cracking read. And look at the art work; bold, bright and frenetic. I am biting my nails for the next issue.

Rating: 5/5.


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The writer of this piece was: Hazel Hay

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