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"Something is Killing the Children #6" 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 March 18th, 2020


After dispatching the monster that was kidnapping and eating children in Archer's Peak, Erica Slaughter is off to her next endeavor, but that doesn't mean she can leave the town behind. There is some unfinished business with smaller monsters, not to mention the locals who have had their eyes opened to the truth. Meanwhile, Erica's bosses are not too happy with her actions and there will be consequences. Wait, a monster hunter has a boss?

Where the first arc of Something is Killing the Children establishes the world, introduced the characters, and scared the crap out of me, this second arc looks to expand on all of that in a big way. We get a glimpse of the power the awesomely named House of Slaughter has in how the local authorities are dealing with the aftermath of all this. The cops have found a cave full of limbs and other body parts and they're just taking care of it. If this happened without monsters, the national media would be all over this, but there's not a single reporter to be seen for miles. That's an unsettling thought.

That's the kind of terror that comes in Something is Killing the Children #6. It works to set up the next phase of the series, moving forward in leaps and bounds. While the scares are on the lighter side, it is no less frightening since we've got a taste of what is in store with us. Writer James Tynion IV goes in for some more subtle horror elements in this chapter. These are the kind of pieces that will get under your skin, planting a seed for a larger terror down the line.

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Since this is a groundwork style issue, we get a whole lot of information. This isn't handled as an exposition dump. Instead, it comes through in a series of in depth and riveting conversations. This could have come across as bland, especially after the roller coaster we've been through. Fortunately, it's anything but. Much of this is attributable to artist Werther Dell'Edera's work, delivering numerous double-page spreads broken up into a myriad of smaller panels. Each one gives us a different look at the scene, largely focused on a specific detail or character's emotion. This works wonders.

Letterer AndWorld Design keeps the dialogue moving at a brisk pace too. There are some areas where a single word or a small phrase is all that's uttered, yet it carries a tremendous amount of weight.

Some of those smaller panels are centered on a super close-up shot, like someone's mouth or eye. This adds to the eerie nature of this in-between time in the story. A great example of this comes when Erica visits Bian, a young girl she rescued from the monster's grasp. Bian has been through an incredible trauma, but she's still a little kid, happily coloring with crayons, drawing the monster. The conversation turns to the monster's babies. When the weight of those words sinks in, that Erica is not done here and that there are up to five other beasts out there ready to kill more kids, it's probably the scariest moment in the entire comic.

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Colorist Miquel Muerto creates a sense of normalcy – or whatever passes for one within Archer's Peak now – with bright lights and a quaint setting. This could be any small American town. There are some select moments where things veer into the supernatural, such as Bian's drawing or the pile of bodies the cops find, where the colors drastically change. Bian's picture in particular stands out, as it's completely unnatural with the rest of the world around it. That speaks to the otherworldly nature of the monster itself.

Something is Killing the Children has cemented itself as one of the top horror comics on the stands today. I was on edge even with this more low-key issue. The creative team continues to build on what has come before, further developing the characters and expanding this world with all its terrors and monsters. I cannot wait to see what comes next.


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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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