Nailbiter #2

Nailbiter #2

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Mike Henderson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 4, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 9
8.8Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Officer Nicolas Finch doesn't care about Buckaroo, Oregon's serial killers or its secrets - he just wants to find his missing friend. With time running out he turns to the one man who has all the answers... the infamous Nailbiter!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Jun 4, 2014

    Edward Charles Warren might not be serving up human flesh, but Williamson and Henderson serve up another twisted installment of NAILBITER, and it's delicious. If you've got the stomach (no pun intended) for a creepy crime story, this one's a must-pull. The pacing is excellent, and it's definitely hitting the right beats for a suspenseful tale that knows when to be serious and when to inject a little bit of humor. I'm not sure if this book is enough to get me to stop biting my nails -- yet -- but it's piqued my interest, and will probably give me some nightmares. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Jun 3, 2014

    Overall, this is a book that as I mentioned before gets deep under your skin. There is a lot going on here, from the interactions of the main characters to the mystery of Carrolls disappearance to the truth behind the town itself, and I get the impression were only just getting started in what is likely to be a dizzying spiral into a sickening world of violence and depravity. Well, we can only hope, right? Buy this book. I guarantee you wont regret it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Samantha Cross Jun 3, 2014

    Nailbiter is already proving itself to be a steady burn of escalating murder and mayhem as information about Buckaroo and its inhabitants come to light. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Jun 5, 2014

    This book is one of the best new Image series out there, which is saying a lot considering the powerhouse that the publisher has become. For horror fans, crime fans, and fans of damn-good story-telling alike, Nailbiter will have you on the edge of your seat for its all too short duration. Nailbiter doesnt just throw dangle you over the edge, it throws you off a cliff at the mercy of bloodthirsty serial killers below. Pick this one up immediately. 10 out of 10. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Jun 4, 2014

    Joshua Williamson has created an awesome story for Image. For those who enjoy anything about serial killers can jump right on and love it, and those who think the serial killer role is overdone then I would maybe pass on the series or at least give one issue a try. It may surprise you how much this story has to say. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Jun 4, 2014

    While the first issue laid out basic plot and characters, this second issue has busted the doors of terrifying possibilities and shown us that no one is safe, nor can they be trusted. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jun 6, 2014

    Ultimately, this is just as strong an opening as "Nailbiter" #1. While it's true that the story is still in slow burn mode and it might take a while to get going, once it does there will be no stopping this train. Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson have built a universe for this story that already seems to have untapped hidden depths with the potential to go places few other crime books have dared to go. Teaming that with pure raw talent in both writing and art, that makes "Nailbiter" one of the most well crafted, well told, well put together books I have seen in a long time and it's only two issues in. This book can go to many great places and you will want to get on board now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jun 4, 2014

    With a unpredictable narrative, innovative paneling, and a rich horrific setting Nailbiter is everything you could want in a horror comic, in fact its the crowning achievement of the genre, and its only two issues in. Its my new favorite comic on the stands. Ill be biting my nails in anticipation as I go through the agonizing wait for #3. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Jun 1, 2014

    Nailbiter is only two issues old but already you can see the plot building in more than one direction. The nature of both the “heroes” and the “villains” are not clear cut and that is helping to create an uneasy feel to the narrative. In essence this is shaping up to be a thriller that deserves your attention. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Jun 7, 2014

    Nailbiter is building a great whodunit mystery that's like Law & Order: Small Town Serial Killers Unit.  I'm already hooked on this story and I'm dying to find out more. This can be a fast read but it's a comic you're going to want to go back and savor a bit to really take in all the crazy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Jun 3, 2014

    The real draw here though is the mystery and gorgeous artwork by Mike Henderson. The dreary atmosphere makes me feel like I’m actually in the Pacific Northwest. Everything feels rained on. There are plenty of beautifully drawn scenes here that even Henderson’s missteps don’t bother too much. There are a few faces here and there that seem off, but, like I said, it’s not anything that is truly bothersome. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 3, 2014

    One issue is an occurrence. Two is a coincidence. A third might just mean a patter. Nailbiter is well on its way to becoming a serially entertaining bit of serial entertainment. The writing is on point, the art is expressive and a new flavor from much on the stands today, and - most importantly - the conclusion of this book's second issue makes me truly excited for what comes next. There's no other way to say it - this creative team nails it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 5, 2014

    Cinematic would probably be the best way to describe Mike Henderson's striking visuals. His staging of the riveting murder scene locks you in, leaving you just as helpless to turn away as the victim himself. It's this kind of quality storytelling that makes the book so great--it's moody, atmospheric, and feels terrifyingly real. Luckily, the book is filled with such instances, Williamson and Henderson again crafting some bloody good fare. Read at your own peril. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Jun 11, 2014

    This is a great read. It is written perfectly and timed well. Nailbiter #2 is a great follow up to a successful issue. There is definitely something odd happening in this story, something that leaves the question; is Edward Charles Warren as innocent as the jury found him to be or does he know the secret of the Buckaroo Butchers? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin May 31, 2014

    Nailbiter continues to astound and amaze with it's gripping yet mysterious tale captivating this reader. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 5, 2014

    Nailbiter #2 is a perfect follow up to the debut. It builds more on this world and deepens the mystery further. This is not just another Dexter like serial killer story. It blends horror with a little Silence of the Lambs and a pinch of Twin Peaks. Image has been on fire lately with putting out creator owned series. Nailbiter however stands above many of them and is a must on any pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jun 5, 2014

    The art is visceral enough to make you wince at times, but not so much to keep you from quickly turning from one page to the next Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Capeless Crusader - Asaph Bitner Jun 3, 2014

    “Nailbiter #2″ is a solid follow-up to the series's good first issue. The characters are slowly but surely developing, and the progression of the story gives us a good mix of questions and answers, with multiple small mysteries to keep us guessing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Jun 2, 2014

    If Nailbiter #1 was the presentation of the series premise, then #2 is the presentation of its tone. The fusion of play and horror creates an interesting balance that Williamson and Henderson navigate well. The inherent craziness of a town filled with serial killers is obvious and played to great effect. It does not prevent the series from being enjoyable to read, though. Characters are capable of banter and jokes. Williamson is even able to poke fun at himself referencing an obvious inspiration in Hannibal Lecter. If this sort of balance is maintained, then readers will have a variety of reasons to return each month. Nailbiter is the most fun you're likely to have watching people get murdered. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - Brittany Sorensen Jun 3, 2014

    The book leaves you with a nice little mystery box as the possibility of a new killer in Buckaroo being addedto their substantial list is showcased. As a die-hard lover of all things scary and macabre, it's not much of a surprise that I really dug the first two installments of Nailbiter. I sincerely appreciate when contributions to the genre are character driven and smart rather than flat and vapid. I definitely recommend this series to my fellow horror mongers; I'll be waiting to get my fingers on #3 next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Kyle Welch Jun 4, 2014

    There is a lot going on in Nailbiter and issue two only adds to the intrigue of this series. Whether it is the Buckaroo Sixteen, the horror, the crime drama, or the mystery, there is enough to satisfy any comic fan in Nailbiter. Issue two will have readers guessing the killer even though it seems too obvious, but maybe because it's too obvious it's a red herring to throw readers off but is actually the right answer, or it could be the janitor. Join the guessing game and pick up Nailbiter. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Jun 2, 2014

    I get that this is probably foreshadowing the same way the occasional bees that show up in panels are foreshadowing but it does deflate some of the creepiness from the killers and the concept in my opinion. It tells you we're going to be keeping the focus on the mystery more than anything else which is their choice and not a bad one at that just not the one I would've made. Still though this is a very strong second issue for Nailbiter that doubles down on character in a great way and still manages to define itself as a unique series: recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 4, 2014

    Nailbiter #2 is not a bad book. Just one that is being held back by its own pacing and structure, not really getting the story moving too quickly and slowing down the momentum it could be building. The story is interesting enough, especially with the cliffhanger left, and the artwork works in capturing the mood. However, the book is still needing some work done before it can be something truly worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    ComicBuzz - Ellen Jun 17, 2014

    To Sum Up: Hendersons art is consistently excellent and really captures the tone of the book though it is becoming more clear that plot rather than character exploration is Williamsons key concern in this series. However, in a story about a kitschy serial killer, that can be forgiven. Read Full Review

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