Nailbiter: There Will Be Blood Book Cover Nailbiter: There Will Be Blood
Volume 1
Joshua Williamson (writer), Mike Henderson (Artist)
Graphic Novel, Horror
Image Comics
October 14th 2014
144

"Where do serial killers come from?" and why has Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world? NSA Agent Nicholas Finch needs to solve that mystery in order to save his friend, and he'll have to team up with the infamous Edward "Nailbiter" Warren to do it.
Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson deliver a mystery that mixes Twin Peaks with the horror of Se7en!

 

MY REVIEW: 

Who would have thought I’d thoroughly enjoy a graphic novel about a serial killer who murder people who bite nails?

What kind of person am I. LOL.

Say whatever it is that you want to say about my reading choices, but I really enjoyed this! Why? Becauseeee… I’m into serial killers. Oookaay. That didn’t sound right, so let me correct myself. I’m into serial killer stories. Yes. That’s what I meant.

These type of stories intrigue me. They get me curious. Fiction or non-fiction, these never fail to trigger my interest. So when I read Nailbiter’s blurb, I knew, I was going to enjoy it. True enough, I did enjoy this!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

In the town of Buckaroo, Oregon, originated sixteen, terrible serial killers. Not sure how. Not sure why. But they just manufacture serial killers there. One of the most famous of the serial killers was Nailbiter, Edward Warren.

FBI Agent Charles Carrol is obsessed in finding out what is causing people from this town to become serial killers. It seems that we finally got a lead, so he asked the help of his friend, Nicholas Finch, who then came to Buckaroo, only to find that his friend has gone missing.

THE GOOD

THE PLOT IS INTERESTING. I mean, come on? A town that manufacture serial killers? A cop has gone missing because of an investigation? A serial killer with a questionable motive? Killings here and there? Who wouldn’t want that??!

WTF IS GOING ON? The fact that I have no idea what the fuck is going on with this book, keeps me excited. I’m the type of reader who likes to guess what’s going to happen next, and the fact that I can’t seem to do that with this, is amazing. Things happen, you make your guess, then another thing happen that completely debunks your theory about wtf is happening to this town. Gaaaaah! I love it!

EVERYONE IN IS SUSPICIOUS. Not one of these characters are reliable, in my opinion. Even the Sheriff, has something to hide, I think. These people are not at all what they seem, starting with Nailbiter. I am completely… puzzled by this dude. I can’t tell if he’s a good guy, or a bad guy, or just messing with your brain crazy person? The fact that I can’t trust any of these characters is great.

THE COLOR PALLET AND THE ART. I don’t normally like these types of illustrations, but on this case, I feel that it fits the tone of the story, including the colors that were used.

HANNIBAL REFERENCES BABY!!!

THE PANELS SOME GREAT PANELINGS ON HERE THAT BUILT GOOD TENSION TO THE STORY.

THE BAD

NOT A LOT OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I have read quite a number of reviews mimicking the same sentiments about this not having enough character development, which I would agree, but only up to a certain point. I do agree that the characters weren’t completely fleshed out. For me though, it was done on purpose. They were letting us into the situation that these characters are in first. I think, we’d get to know them more as we read more of the volumes. Let’s not forget, this volume is collecting only the first 5 issues, this is not an entire book, or even a complete story. There are a lot more issues to look out for that, hopefully, might give these characters more life.

THE UGLY

I AM PISSED THAT THEY MARKETED THIS WRONG. If you’re going into this thinking that you’ll be full-on terrified, you’ll be extremely disappointed. Like with the previous point about character development, a lot of people who read this are saying that this isn’t scary enough. And like with the first point, I would agree. They marketed this book wrong. There were gory aspects, but they weren’t scary. Oh. Come to think of it, there was one specific scene where I got really creeped out. It was a scene where the light comes on and off, and something appears and disappears on the scene. That was pretty good. But going back to my point, this was marketed wrong. People are expecting this to be purely a horror graphic novel, which it isn’t. There were creepier aspects, but the whole plot was more mysterious than scary.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you’re into gory stuff with a mix of mystery, I’d highly recommend this shit. I loved it. It might not be the perfect character-driven story, but the plot and the suspense was enough to keep me hooked and keep reading. I hope the next ones would be better.

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  • I am so glad I found this review have been wanting to buy nailbiter but still wasn’t sure! But now I am defo gonna buy it and read it! Thanks!

    • You’re welcome! Glad to know it helped you decide whether to buy this or not. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂