Title: Something is Killing the Children Volume 1 (Issues 1-5)
Author: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera (Illustrator), Miguel Muerto (Colorist)
Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel
Date of Publication: May 26, 2020
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
When children begin to go missing in the town of Archer’s Peak, all hope seems lost until a mysterious woman arrives to reveal that terrifying creatures are behind the chaos – and that she alone will destroy them, no matter the cost.
IT’S THE MONSTERS WHO SHOULD BE AFRAID.
When the children of Archer’s Peak—a sleepy town in the heart of America—begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only one who sees what they can see.
Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.
GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (The Woods, Batman: Detective Comics) teams with artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) for an all-new story about staring into the abyss.
Collects Something is Killing the Children #1-5.
Volume 1 of this graphic novel is just what the doctor ordered.
Hauntingly grotesque and gorgeous illustrations? Check.
Badass and inscrutable monster-slaying heroine? Check.
Mysterious mythos and hints at more complex worldbuilding to come? Check.
My only complaint is that this instalment isn’t nearly long enough. I need more Erica Slaughter and I am dying to find out what happens next. Erica is mysterious and has a dangerous edge to her, and her big beautiful haunting eyes are quite creepy, fitting the tone of this graphic novel perfectly. She isn’t completely jaded and hardened, however. I don’t want to say more at the risk of spoiling anything. I will say that she is definitely a fascinating character that I look forward to getting to know better.
Volume 1 of There’s Something Killing the Children only scratches the surface of a fascinating and unique mythos. I’m very eager to dig deeper once Volume 2 is released.
This is recommended to those who are looking for an atmospheric, thrilling, and compelling story about a small town that’s being plagued by something that’s killing the children…
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