By Anna Greenberg
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Mike Henderson
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: November 5, 2014
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: GUEST-STARRING BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS! Brian Michael Bendis comes to Buckaroo, Oregon looking to do research on a comic book about the ultimate serial killers! If you’ve ever wanted to see BENDIS running in the dark and screaming in fear, this is the comic for you!
Our Thoughts: This is a highly meta serial killer time travel adventure featuring Brian Michael Bendis. The acclaimed comic writer runs around a town known for having spawned a large number of serial killers while researching a new writing project. It’s a wacky adventure with a macabre twist.
Joshua Williamson’s characters are unique and well written. Each character has a distinct voice and a cutting wit. The banter is both thought provoking and funny. A few other well known writers cameo to give Bendis some company. The serial killers don’t feel like Hannibal Lecter or Norman Bates knockoffs, a common problem in this kind of book. There’s a vibe of the old school kid detective books where the daring adventurers find themselves in way over their heads…and yes, this does make Bendis is the kid detective. Sometimes the story does seem to drag a little, and there is a huge amount of text per page. While it is incredibly fun, the issue also feels like filler.
Mike Henderson’s art is crisp and detailed. He alternates between dark, disturbing palettes and bright colors that really pop. Henderson cuts no corners in making the book look the best it can. There are lots of hidden Easter Eggs in the backgrounds, which are incredibly elaborate as is.
Even if you haven’t been reading Nailbiter this is an issue that’s worth picking up. It’s grim, gritty and wacky, an unusual combination. Plus, it features Brian Michael Bendis. What more could you ask for?