Published on May 13th, 2017 | by Chris O'Connor

Nailbiter, Vol. 6: The Bloody Truth TP Comic Book Review

Nailbiter, Vol. 6: The Bloody Truth TP Comic Book Review Chris O'Connor

Summary: When a town has a mass murderer that's a mark against the town... when it has multiple mass murderer's that Town becomes infamous!


Nurturing Nature

The question of nature versus nurture is a familiar one to anyone with a passing familiarity with psychology. Are we born who we are or are we made by our surroundings and the people throughout out lives. Nailbiter focuses on a town that seems to have more than it’s share of serial killers, the question is why? But is anyone really ready for the answer?


Joshua Williamson has done a great job of creating a story that is quite rightly compared to Twin Peaks, The X-Files or similar. It’s kind of one part Natural Born Killers one part Halloween mixed together with an assortment of similar tales with the end result being a creepy story of a town that is best left off tourist brochures, though funnily enough is aspiring to become a tourist destination (at least if the Blonde has her way). It’s hard enough for a town to come to terms with it having produced one serial killer but when multiple serial killers come from the same place you have to start asking, why this town? Rest assured by the end of this tale you will know (I won’t spoil it but it’s disturbing).


If Joshua’s story is scary, Mike Henderson’s images are simply disturbing. There’s just something about the way he has drawn some of the characters that tells you there is something wrong with them to before you even learn their story. I don’t know whether it’s the look of having been awake for three years straight or the proportions of the faces (I haven’t measured but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s placed features just slightly out of where they would normally sit)… whatever he’s done it just makes certain characters look “off”… it can give you an uneasy feeling seeing them, it’s a brilliant way of setting the mood and keeping the reader on edge and for some they may not even realise why.

Final Thoughts

I’m not the world’s biggest horror fan (“what the hell are you doing reviewing horror stories then” I can hear you ask)… but if the story is done well then I can get right into them. Joshua Williamson has done a great job here making a story that should appeal to more than just the usual Horror fans. The notion of a town having such a dark reason to be well known. The idea that someone would take such a horrible chain of events and try and make it a publicity vehicle… is both gruesome and unfortunately completely believable. Worth a read if you like dark stories with some mind play.

Publisher: Image
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Mike Henderson
Genre: Horror
Format: 148 pages, FC, TPB
Release Date: 3rd May, 2017

About the Author'

Father of four, husband of one and all round oddity. Gaming at home since about 1982 with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Moving on to the more traditional PC genre in the years that followed with the classic Jump Joe and Alley Cat. CGA, EGA, VGA and beyond PC's have been central to my gaming but I've also enjoyed consoles and hand helds along the way (who remembers the Atari Lynx?). Would have been actor/film maker, jack of many trades master of none.

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