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Nailbiter #8

by F.D. White on December 03, 2014

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Mike Henderson
Colors by: Adam Guzowski

Letters by: John J. Hill

Nailbiter initially seemed to very much be a straightforward sort of horror story. It took tropes that we knew and put a slight Northwestern spin on them. A mix of Twin Peaks and Silence of the Lambs. It all felt very plausible and real, and partially that's what made the book so scary. After these past three issues though, I'm not sure where this book is going, I'm not sure what tone or mood it's going for. It's similar gone from a slick A-list Se7en type film to a schlocky B-film (which I love, by the way). The plots are becoming bizarre and the characters instead of progressing are becoming somewhat static.

Such a giant tonal shift over the past three issues in the story, is only held together by Mike Henderson and Adam Guzowski's art. Because of their gorgeous work, the comic still feels like Nailbiter even though it's had such a massive departure. They're work still maintains the Northwestern mood needed to keep this book on the rails. The colors have a dingy, but still colorful palette, and the line work is clean. Henderson and Guzowski are still operating at their best.

This might sound like a negative review, but it's not. Even though the plot is starting to veer wildly into the territory of the weird and bizarre, I'm still enjoying this book a lot. Some things don't work, but when they do it's crazy fun.

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