Warning: There are spoilers in this Nailbiter Issue 3 Review
Nailbiter is written by Joshua Williamson. The art is by Mike Henderson. The series originally premiered in May of 2014. The series came to a close in March of 2017. Nailbiter ran for thirty total issues. It has recieved a lot of positive reviews and has been collected into multiple formats.
Nailbiter is a horror/crime drama published by Image comics. It tells the story of a small town that has created many serial killers, and the people trying to get to the bottom of the town’s mysteries.
Nailbiter Issue 3 Summary
Cane and Finch are still at the scene of Hank’s murder at The Murder Store. Alice does not seem to care that Hank is dead. I don’t blame her. Hank was just bullying her the day before.
On the other side of town, Warren working in his rose garden. Everything is going well until a mob shows up to lynch him. Warren pleads that he would not kill people from his hometown, but the angered citizens are not buying it.
Crane pulls up just in time to see Warren hanging from the tree. In the interest of time, Crane drives her truck into the tree, knocking it over and freeing Warren. Crane detains Warren for his own safety.
The officers finally get the results of the burned bodies from the motel. Let me tell you that this scene is horrifying. The electricity in the morgue is messed up and the lighting keeps flickering. I can’t think of a creepier way to discuss the identity of murdered bodies.
It looks like Warren did not kill Hank. Whoever killed Hank tore off his fingertips to make Warren look guilty. In other good news, the burned body was not Carroll’s.
The burned body belongs to The Book Burner, one of the other Buckaroo Butchers. To make matters worse, there is a hooded figure creeping up behind, Cane, Finch, and the coroner, Morty.
It sucks to be Morty as he is stabbed by the figure. Crane tries to get a hold of the attacker but is not able to apprehend them. They just disappeared like a ghost.
We the find out that Morty, outside of Carroll, is the most knowledgeable on the Buckaroo Butchers. It looks as though someone is recreating the murders and targeting those interested in the cases.
The issue ends with Crane showing Finch the serial killer graveyard. This is where all of the Buckaroo Butchers are buried after they die. It looks like Finch has some digging to do!
Nailbiter Issue 3 Review
What a crazy issue this was! Nailbiter never ceases to disappoint when it comes to plot twists and turns. You really never know what is going to happen.
I found the morgue scene to be super scary. The flickering lights trope works really well in movies. I thought the creative team did an excellent job translating this technique to comic book format. This whole sequence was super scary.
What are we going to find in the serial killer graveyard? The entire concept gives me goosebumps. I am hoping that the solution to the murders is not paranormal. However, at this point I am leaning toward just that. I guess we will find out soon enough!
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Nailbiter issue 3 is collected in Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood.