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"Something is Killing the Children #15" 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 February 24th, 2021

Review:

The monsters are killed. The town of Archer's Peak is saved. Why does it feel like there's still danger about? Erica Slaughter has managed to hold off the Order of St. George long enough to take down the creatures attacking the locals, but everything didn't fit nicely back into the box. There's trauma here and this place will never be the same. Erica has a new mission now...

Something is Killing the Children #15 wraps up what looks like the first phase of this series. It has been an amazing ride so far and it's clear that this is just beginning. Writer James Tynion IV gives us another peek at the vast mythos at work just beneath the surface of this story and it's riveting.

We've seen shadowy organizations designed to protect the world from creatures that go bump in the night, but the Order of St. George and the House of Slaughter within it are something else entirely. They have an edge to them. It's got the “needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” vibe. Basically, they're willing to accept a few losses if it means keeping the existence of these monsters under wraps, even if that entails wiping an entire town from the map.

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This is presented in a cool, quiet, yet very tense standoff between Erica and the big boss of this organization. Erica is angry, like an exposed nerve. She's a square peg forced into a circle hole and she's rebelling against everything this group stands for. At the end of the day, all she wants to do is put down monsters and help people, whereas St. George is just focused on that first point.

The design for this leader is so very creepy. He gives the monsters a run for their money. At first, he looks like a quaint old man, but there's strength and authority beaming from him. His face is scarred from past battles and the ravages of time. One eye is dim and the other pops with a bright yellow. Then there's the jaw. Artist Werther Dell'Edera puts this massive and threatening gold jaw over the guy's face. It's super creepy yet tempered, as he's just sitting there eating gummy worms like he doesn't have this thing from the mind of Jigsaw from the Saw movies on his face.

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This conversation moves fast and it's very heated. Letterer AndWorld Design gives it the impact it needs. There's a lot to sift through, however it moves at a nice pace.

This sequence happens in the early hours of the morning, symbolizing the dawn of a new day. Colorist Miquel Muerto changes the tone of the series with this scene, shifting to one of hope from the dark and frightening tones of the monster battling in earlier issues.

So much of Something is Killing the Children has been about trauma and closure. Once you go through one, you need the other to grow and move on. Archer's Peak has been rocked to its core and if it wasn't for Erica, its townsfolk would never get the closure they so desperately needed. They had to jump through some mental hoops to make sense of all the bloodshed and heartbreak, but they'll get through this thanks to her. That's some powerful stuff and it sets this book apart from the monster-hunting tales we've seen before.

Grades:

Story: fourandahalfstars Cover
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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4.5 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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