Nailbiter Returns #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Mike Henderson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 3, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 11
8.7Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

    SERIES PREMIERE! JOSHUA WILLIAMSON & MIKE HENDERSON'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HIT HORROR SERIES RETURNS! Sixteen of the world's worst serial killers were all born in the same small town...but Agent Finch and Sheriff Crane solved and buried that mystery.
Didn't they?
Violent copycat murders imitating the infamous Buckaroo Butchers have begun in Portland, Oregon, and if Finch wants the killings to stop, he'll have to team up with the daughter of the Nailbiter himself. A brand-new mystery begins in this EXTRA-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE!

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Sean Mullen May 10, 2020

    This comic book feels cinematic! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer May 11, 2020

    Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson hit the ground running and to be quite frank, it's like they never stopped. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Max Funkey May 27, 2020

    Overall, Nailbiter Returns #1 feels like a masterclass in returning to an acclaimed series. Each member of the creative team is at the top of their game and there is never a boring moment to be found. The story has a lot of legs to go on, and the art is gorgeous. As a lapsed reader of the original series, I never felt confused by the events of this sequel. I am excited to see what comes next for Alice, and Finch, and if you like horror you will be too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson May 11, 2020

    Nailbiter is back and I could not be happier. The creators have returned to this world and these characters without missing a beat. They have somehow outdone themselves already and I love every bit of it. I didn't think things could get worse than tearing fingernails and then this comic hit and it's one of the most horrifying titles of the year right out of the gate. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 3, 2020

    Mike Henderson does some impressive work with the visuals in this issue. Henderson brings the reader in with the first images and doesn't shy away from the violence. The panels are intimate and beautifully detailed. A great looking issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jun 3, 2020

    Nailbiter Returns dredges up the past and mixes those events with new ones as Alice, Nailbiter's daughter must help unravel the mysteries behind a new crime spree. A fine follow up to the original series. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    GWW - B Ferg Jun 3, 2020

    Nailbiter Returns 1 does an amazing job of introducing new reader to get adjusted to the franchise. It also appears to provide a new mystery that is compelling enough to entice fans back to Buckaroo. The child from the opening pages is now 30 years older. The darkness they are against, is it the law like Finch? The child of killer like Molly? Or are they after the Nailbiter and trying to lure him out of hiding? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis May 8, 2020

    A triumphant and bloody return for one of the best horror comic series on the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jun 10, 2020

    As the characters get pulled back, as if by fates dark hand, to Buckaroo, Oregon, fans of Nailbiter will instantly be sucked in without warning and will end the comic with a twisted grin. There are some great twists and callbacks, so it is worth revisiting the great first series, before or after reading Returns. Hopefully, like all great horror icons, these creators will keep coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Jun 4, 2020

    Black humor and evisceration abound, what joy! It's good to be back in Buckaroo. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jun 2, 2020

    Nailbiter Returns #1 is everything that fans ofNailbiter want. It's chilling and full of mystery, with tons of lore to pull from. This is a must-buy for horror fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cody Walker May 20, 2020

    Nailbiter Returns to the stands with a vengeance. There's blood, death, told friends, and new acquaintances. With a little taste of YOU and Dexter, this run promises to delight. We learned the mystery of Buckaroo, but many parts were missing. Are these the missing parts or just more chaos from the hellish depths of Buckaroo? The mystery unravels. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jun 3, 2020

    A brand-new mystery has been set in motion, and the stakes are bigger than they have ever been before. I mean, the first mystery was all about the murders which never truly ended. Though here we are with Nailbiter: Returns #1, and it seems that the idea is to remind the world that they still have something to fear. Nothing is more dangerous than a copycat(s) who wants to make a statement. Well that and make their presence felt. As an extra-length first issue, this creative team did not disappoint in giving us every reason to look forward to more! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 8, 2020

    Definitely a return to form for one of Image's best horror series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Jun 3, 2020

    In concept, tone, and narrative potential, Nailbiter Returns is off to an exciting and disturbing start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Jun 7, 2020

    You can purchase this issue via comiXology Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott May 6, 2020

    I'm really glad that this creative team has resurrected Nailbiter. I loved the first series and the second is already off to a great start. Given the pedigree behind this series, I cant see how this can possibly be anything other than a stellar return. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder May 14, 2020

    Writing aside, Henderson's artistic contribution to the book was incredible and sells the series. It is definitely gruesome, but it is effective at portraying body horror, at capturing such particularly brutal moments in a stylistic way. The illustrations are scarily detailed, the colors are eerily effective and able to switch between a subdued muted scale to a violently vivid visual. And that's interesting to me and I was enthralled by it, but I also recognize that series is definitely going to appeal to a niche audience. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina May 6, 2020

    It's been a while so I have totally forgotten what Nailbiter was about, but Nailbiter Returns #1 was so seamless that it was obvious what was important and each twist did have quite an impact on me. So kudos to the creative team on this one. Read Full Review

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