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"Something is Killing the Children #10" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios


Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Werther Dell'Edera
Colored by Miquel Muerto
Lettered by AndWorld Design
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 9th, 2020


The people of Archer's Peak have been through enough heartbreak after the deaths of several children, but the bloodshed is not over yet. Erica Slaughter has to act fast in order to keep the body count low, even if that means going against her employer and all the rules of the monster-hunting business.

Something is Killing the Children continues its unpredictable twists and turns with this issue. Just when you think it can't get any more terrifying, it pulls out something absolutely insane. There is a scene in this book that I practically did a spit-take with. I could not believe the creative team did this. It's absolutely horrifying and it shows just how deadly these monsters are. No punches are pulled.

The thing with this book is how it wallows in that dread and uncertainty. Writer James Tynion IV ratchets up the tension as we bounce from one scary moment to the next. All the while, the threat is looming just out of sight. You know that all of these people, every single resident of this small town, is in danger.

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All of this blood and violence is impossible to comprehend as it is, but add in the monsters and it becomes mind-shattering. The people here refuse to believe what they're seeing and they just kind of crumble. This is like what Lovecraft was talking about in his stories, where the human mind can't process these unnatural entities and breaks apart.

Artist Werther Dell'Edera captures this feeling very well. You can feel the grief coming off these folks in waves. This contrasts with the tense determination of Erica and her superior as they're the only ones that realize just how drastic this situation is. Erica's one visible eye gets even wider as she prepares for what needs to be done, at any cost.

Letterer AndWorld Design captures this intensity in a great exchange. If Erica's face doesn't seal the deal, her speech does.

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This creates an interesting contrast between Erica and her “boss”, as the former wants to save everyone here, while the latter is ready to cut the losses and deal with the problem at hand, even if that means a few more people have to die. This takes a swerve towards the end of this issue that feels a little out of place based on what we know of the characters so far, but it does provide some interesting possibilities for the future of this story.

Colorist Miquel Muerto brings the supernatural to light with swirls of red and purple etched in black. The cool blues of the night are cut when these monsters appear, signaling a rise in the danger. The blood appears in a shocking and violent fashion while still in the overall muted tones of the book.

Something is Killing the Children scares the crap out of me every single month and this issue is no different. It's like a horror roller coaster, full of monsters and death...and I want to ride again.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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