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"Something is Killing the Children #5" 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 January 29th, 2020


Erica stares down a monster that’s abducted and eaten several children in the surrounding area. Standing between them, unaware of the danger awaiting, is Tommy who lost his kid sister to this beast but thinks Erica had something to do with it. He’s grieving and desperate for some answers that can make sense of this. Needless to say, things are going to get bloody and eyes are going to be opened.

Something is Killing the Children has had a slow build, delivering flashes of the terror at work here and there to shock the system. This issue rips the band-aid off, showing the monster in all its glory and really giving us a taste of what Erica is capable of. Artist Werther Dell’Edera excels here with some tremendous work, both in the look of Erica and the action sequences.

Erica is lithe, yet muscular. Her arms are covered in scars from her previous battles and there’s a hard look of determination on her face. She’s the only one in this town that truly understands the threat this monster poses and now she has an obstacle in the form of a civilian that is only going to make matters worse.

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Speaking of that, I let out an audible gasp during Something is Killing the Children #5. When you read it, you’ll know the exact moment it happened. It was unexpected, although in hindsight, I should have seen it coming. I was so wrapped up in the story and everything that was going on that I forgot about a key element. It wasn’t quite misdirection. It works so well and really ups the ante on the overall story.

Dell’Edera presents some great sequences that bounce back and forth from reality and what Tommy is seeing… or rather not seeing. Remember what I said about eyes being opened? Well, Tommy can’t see the monster. Erica can and she’s fighting this thing with a chainsaw while this guy looks on in shock and disbelief. She’s basically floating and blood is spurting out from thin air.

Colorist Miquel Muerto paints a dreary and unsettling picture in Something is Killing the Children #5. The bulk of this issue takes place in a dark cave, allowing the monster – when we do see it – to blend into the shadows. Its red eyes pierce through the darkness like the scariest fireflies ever. Its gaping maw is shown in a similar shade, adding to the terror.

This tone also amplifies the tension when blood is spilled. It pops on the page in an electric color, almost pink in shade. It signals danger and fear. This is not natural in any way and we should be scared. I’m happy to say that Something is Killing the Children definitely delivers on the scare front.

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The biggest revelation comes towards the end of this chapter as we get a glimpse at the bigger picture. Just who does Erica work for? How did she get into this in the first place? We don’t have the answers to those questions just yet. In fact, writer James Tynion IV adds a few more to the pile, but they’re so full of possibility that you can’t help but be fascinated by them. There’s something big going on here and we’re just scraping the surface now.

Rounding out the creative team is letterer Andworld Design, capturing the tone of every piece of dialogue. You’ll develop your own take on each character’s voice in your head. For example, every time I read Batman, I hear Kevin Conroy’s voice. The lettering helps define that, giving you a sense of who each person is based on how they speak and how big or small the font is.

Something is Killing the Children is off to a spectacular start. It’s a moody, tension-filled comic that has paid off incredibly well. Most of all, it’s friggin’ terrifying. This is a comic that will stay with you for some time. Yes, it has a literal monster that eats children, but that’s just one level of the horror. It adds this additional layer around how loved ones and the community at large can be affected. Now that Pandora’s Box has been opened and we see just how deep this rabbit hole is, I can’t imagine what’s in store for these characters and I cannot wait to find out.


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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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