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"Something is Killing the Children #14" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios

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Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Werther Dell'Edera
Colored by Miquel Muerto
Lettered by AndWorld Design
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 27th, 2021

Review:

The truth of that little stuffed animal Erica Slaughter has been carrying around has been revealed. It's another tool she can use to hunt down monsters and it's very much needed right now. She's running out of time to stop the creatures terrorizing the town of Archer's Peak before the House of Slaughter kills everyone to keep their existence a secret.

Writer James Tynion IV has been steadily building tension in Something is Killing the Children. Each issue has been a nail-biting ride and this chapter increases the pressure even more. The players continue to move around the board, slowly coming closer together for an inevitable confrontation. The journey is absolutely riveting.

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Erica Slaughter really lets loose in Something is Killing the Children #14. We already had an idea of the lengths she's willing to go to stop these monsters. She can put other people in danger to get this job done, but she has a line. She still wants to save lives, whereas her bosses don't value that at all. It makes for an interesting dynamic.

Artist Werther Dell'Edera turns in some phenomenal work as Erica goes on an all out assault against these creatures. This scene is notable as maybe for the first time, we see both of Erica's eyes. One has always been obscured by her hair. This also reveals a mark on her left temple that probably plays into how she's able to see the monsters.

Much of this action is presented without any dialogue. There are some choice sound effects that are the only words as this epic fight spreads across several beautiful and gory pages. Letterer AndWorld Design does some great work here, as well as in the creepy voice of Erica's stuffed animal, serving as a harbinger of doom.

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Miquel Muerto's color work in this issue is off the charts. They just pop. The green of Erica's eyes shine in the darkness as she slices through the monsters, sending bright red blood splattering everywhere. Her stuffed animal being glows with a jaundiced yellow, like an unholy ghost in the night. The monsters have this orange pulsing from their eyes and mouth, like they're powered by Hell itself. It all comes together in an excellent combination.

Something is Killing the Children #14 has a great balance to it. On one side you have the tense fight scene with Erica against the monsters and on the other, there are these personal moments as the House of Slaughter prepares to kill the bulk of the townsfolk. Tommy, someone that's seen the chaos the creatures are capable of first hand, is at the center of it as he realizes what he has to do to protect not just his mother, but everyone else. This town has already been through so much heartbreak that he can't stand it anymore. It's super compelling.

Something is Killing the Children maintains its high level of quality. It has never let up since the series began, delivering month after month of tense and frightening action, amazing artwork, and one incredible story. Every horror fan should be reading this book.

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Overall: 5 Star Rating

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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