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Nailbiter #16

Previously in Nailbiter #15

Nailbiter #16

Kids are stupid. We know this. It’s why we don’t let them do important things with long-standing consequences. We can all look back and name at least five instances where we did something as a kid that should have resulted in our deaths, but you know what they say about God and fools and babies.

And thank goodness for that because without the stupidity of children I wouldn’t have had laugh-out-loud moments while reading this issue of Nailbiter. 

When Ding-Dong-Ditch Goes Wrong

Three kids are about to embark on their annual tradition of knocking on Warren’s door and running. As childhood pranks go, this one is pretty tame until you factor in that Warren is missing and he might very well open the door. Or worse.

So, it was of no surprise that the kids ventured inside when no one answers (stupid, remember?) or that when Warren appeared from the shadows two of the kids took off, leaving the third fallen kid behind. Besides being stupid, kids are also notorious flat-leavers.

Luckily, Warren has a code against killing kids so he just patches up this poor kid’s boo-boo and sends him on his way with an amazing (and probably unbelievable) story to tell his raggedy-ass friends who left him. Warren’s headed out of town for a bit, possibly on the trail of an upcoming Buckaroo Butcher.

Warren tends to kid

Meanwhile, Crane sits vigil at Alice’s bedside and explains to Morty the Mortician (how did I not notice that before?) the story behind giving Alice up for adoption. The short of it: Ain’t nobody tryna raise a serial killer’s child in the town notorious for breeding serial killers.

Finch stops in to say goodbye and he and Crane are shocked to learn Carroll is awake. Unfortunately, Finch’s reunion with his friend will have to wait since Barker had Carroll moved to a secret facility for debriefing. She’s also been nursing wicked headaches and I cannot wait for her to snap. It’s gotta be glorious, right?

Crane at hospital

The conclusion of this arc hints that we’ll be leaving Buckaroo for a bit, and I’m okay with that. A grisly murder in Georgia ensures that the location may change, but the carnage and horror we love (you know you love it!) will remain.

Nailbiter #16
  • 9/10
    Plot - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Dialogue - 8/10
  • 9.5/10
    Art - 9.5/10
  • 9.5/10
    Back Matter (letters, additional material, previews, etc.) - 9.5/10


This series sure knows how to give a slow burn. I am so anxious to find out what will happen to Barker, I can’t stand it. She’s tasked with taking Finch out of town. Will she snap on the way? Will Crane tell Alice she’s her mom? Where the hell is Warren going? Georgia? How did he know the kid he patched up won’t grow up to be a killer? And what, exactly, did the man in the horned mask and the other guy do to him? Clearly, this section should have been called ‘Questions’ and not ‘Summary.’

One question was answered: they now know Warren was not the one gnawing on Carroll’s stump.

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Nina Perez is the founder of Project Fandom. She is also the author of a YA series of books, "The Twin Prophecies," and a collection of essays titled, "Blog It Out, B*tch." Her latest books, a contemporary romance 6-book series titled Sharing Space, are now available on for Kindle download. She has a degree in journalism, works in social media, lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves Idris Elba. When not watching massive amounts of British television or writing, she is sketching plans to build her very own TARDIS. She watches more television than anyone you know and she's totally fine with that.

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