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"Something is Killing the Children #7" 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
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 10th, 2020

Review:

Erica Slaughter took out the monster that was killing kids in Archer's Peak, but her job isn't done yet. That thing had babies and now she's hunting its young before more kids disappear. This isn't her only obstacle, as Aaron from the House of Slaughter has come in to pick up where she left off. It seems that Erica doesn't necessarily play by the rules and the home office is cracking down.

Writer James Tynion IV is building a deep mythos in Something is Killing the Children. The idea of this young woman fighting monsters from town to town is exciting on its own, but there is so much more to it. What is the House of Slaughter? How does it work? How long has it been doing battle with things that go bump in the night? How many monsters are there? I am so excited to find out the answers to these questions and more.

While that is a driving force with Something is Killing the Children, the sheer weight of the grief in Archer's Peak shines through in this issue. You can feel it like a heavy burden on every member of the town. There's a heartbreaking scene as police officers are trying to piece together the remains of dozens of victims so they can inform the parents that they've found their kids. (Quick side note: This is another job the police aren't really trained for and probably shouldn't be doing, but they've been pushed into that position.)

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Much of Something is Killing the Children #7 is told in double-page layouts. Artist Werther Dell'Edera uses this wider space to tell a more impactful story. It feels like there's more space when the images are spread across two pages like this, like we're able to focus on some additional details that we wouldn't have seen otherwise. This ranges from extra swipes of a knife as Eric springs into action to the quiet somber moments as James realizes his eyes have been opened to the true horrors of the world.

Dell'Edera uses this space incredibly well, guiding our eye through each panel. It feels cinematic in nature. If this was a film, much of this would be one take as we swirl around characters and provide interesting angles. Letterer Andworld Design aids in this by placing the word balloons in such a way that focuses even more on the artwork and amplifies the message.

Aaron presents an interesting and more ruthless obstacle for Erica. He's clad all in black, like a being made of shadows, but his eyes glow with an eerie yellow. Colorist Miquel Muerto gives the character a demonic presence. Erica has a similar quality with her eyes, shining with a bright green, yet she appears more human, like she's broken free of whatever strict code the House of Slaughter upholds.

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There is a dark cloud hanging over Archer's Peak as the town struggles to pick up the pieces from this devastating encounter with a monster. Muerto brings this feeling to every image, even those set inside. It's like the collective grief of the townsfolk are creating shadows that loom large all around them.

Something is Killing the Children started out strong and has only gotten stronger as the series has continued. I am deeply entrenched with this story and all of its many possibilities. This is a horror action epic full of engaging characters, terrifying monsters, and raw emotion. It's incredible.

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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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