Visit Butcher’s Bar with a NAILBITER: RETURNS #1 Advanced Review
Nailbiter: Returns #1 Advanced Review
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Mike Henderson
Colorist: Adam Guzowski
Letterer: John J. Hill
Publisher: Image Comics
First things, first.. If you haven’t read the original run of Nailbiter, stop everything and go do that immediately. Pick up the Murder Editions, Vol 1-3 while you’re at it, because those covers are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. (Yeah my definition of beautiful is demented, but you’re reading Nailbiter, so get onboard).
Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson are back at again with Nailbiter: Returns. Their twisted adult version of Scooby-Doo for True Crime/Horror geeks hits the floor running and this time it’s being billed as: “Silence of the Lambs meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (which is totally fine by me; more of my favorite things? Yes, please!) Williamson and Henderson clearly understand their audience and and this first issue was well worth the wait. Before we continue, this is a spoiler free review, I want everyone to read Nailbiter and experience the trauma naturally.
For those who enjoy badass splash pages of Mike Henderson’s art, guess what, there are plenty of them. This comic book feels cinematic! It’s pace is heavy metal and the transitions between scenes and beats are seamless. Also there’s a really badass horror themed bar in this comic that I personally would love to visit. With cocktails like: “Screwdriver to the Head,” “Rusty Chainsaw,” “Rum and Cujo,” and my personal favorite “Rosemary’s Bay Breeze,” who wouldn’t want to visit Butcher’s Bar? It’s worth picking up this comic alone, just to have a copy of that bar menu as well as the ingredients to make yourself a “Nailbiter Returns!” (I’m not going to spoil those ingredients, I’ve said enough already).
The small little details not only make for a great story, but really add to the replay-ability of reading this comic. I personally found myself going back through and looking at the artwork for clever little details I may have missed. I’m glad Nailbiter is back, I really missed it and what a triumphant too. Also, Adam Guzowski’s colors were beautiful, they added to Henderon’s ink and brought it up the surface. While John J. Hills letters were the perfect little ribbon to tie it all together and POP Williamson’s words out of the page!
Nailbiter: Returns #1 hits shops and digital June 3rd
NAILBITER: RETURNS #1 Advanced Review