Review: Nailbiter Returns #8
Nailbiter Returns is the horror sequel I didn’t know I needed. For seven issues the series has danced around horror tropes, and especially sequel tropes. It’s made fun of and had fun with them. As someone that’s not the biggest horror fan, this is an approach I appreciate. It’s comedic horror in some ways reminding me of the film Behind the Mask. Nailbiter Returns #8 finally pulls back the curtain like a messed of Wizard of Oz as we learn who’s behind the return of the Buckaroo Butchers.
Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson continue their at times over the top horror sequel amping things up by the end of the issue giving us reveals and motivations. Like so many horror sequels the motivations and plan is taken to 11, a somewhat ridiculous level and reason.
Williamson and Henderson are having fun with the issue delivering their usual comedic styling along with the horror. This isn’t one that’s meant to scare as much as laugh and entertain. It’s not a campy horror, there’s gore, but it’s hard to take things seriously. It’s tone is defined by laughs and ridiculous (in a good way) imagery.
Blood flies, eyes are gouged, and the heroes trip balls. It’s all done in a style and way that it’s hard to not laugh at. Like a Tarantino film, the violence is so over the top it’s meant for laughs.
Henderson and Williamson are joined by Adam Guzowksi on color and John J. Hill on lettering. The group lets the blood fly with glee. The series as a whole has featured art that’s popped and this issue delivers eyeballs that do too. Nailbiter Returns #8 continues the acid-inspired hallucinations playing it for humor and takes us to the past giving us a bit more history into the characters. There’s a lot packed in the issue and the art is no exception as there’s so much subtle storytelling with just the visuals.
Nailbiter Returns #8 is the big reveal of who’s behind the current game of murderers and we get the master plan which is… very horror sequel. There’s a goofiness to it all that’s hard to not sit back and just enjoy. The series continues to play with expectations and delivers entertainment with every issue.
Story: Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson Art: Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson
Color: Adam Guzowski Letterer/Design: John J. Hill
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review