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"Something is Killing the Children #9" 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 August 12th, 2020

Review:

As Archer's Peak is still reeling from the deaths of countless children, a new terror arises. The monster's own children are growing up and they're hungry. Erica Slaughter can take them down, but not without some bait. Can this town handle more bloodshed?

One aspect of Something is Killing the Children that I absolutely love is how it continues to surprise me. There have been variations of a story like this before, where a layman's eyes are opened to a world of monsters all around them, but never like this. James, the boy who witnessed his friends murdered by this horrific beast, is not a warrior. He's not picking up some magical weapon to fight these creatures, nor is he destined to do so. He's scared and he has every right to be.

That doesn't stop Erica from calling on him again as he lies healing from a bullet wound – not to mention an unbelievable amount of mental trauma – in a hospital bed. This leads to a terse exchange between the two that reveals much about both characters. Writer James Tynion IV shows how this isn't a glamorous lifestyle that Erica has embarked upon. It's one of darkness, death, and heartbreak.

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Letterer AndWorld Design crams a tremendous amount of information into these panels without ever making it seem like a lot to sift through. Sometimes you see a bunch of word balloons on the page and it feels like a history lesson instead of a story. That is definitely not the case here.

Despite her experience with these things that go bump in the night, Erica can still be surprised. Artist Werther Dell'Edera usually depicts Erica as this cool, stoic warrior, yet her one visible eye is constantly wide. When she's shocked, it gets larger, like it's trying to process everything it's witnessing. It's a little humorous, but also frightening, as it implies there's something that even Erica is not prepared for.

Dell'Edera's monsters are so very terrifying. They are almost shapeless in how they slink through the darkness. Colorist Miquel Muerto uses a sinister red for their mouths and an eerie yellow for their eyes that pierce through the shadows in an alarming fashion. You know from the moment you see them that these are creatures made for death and destruction.

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The murders that occur in this issue are unsettling in how quick they are. They're almost matter-of-fact in how these beasts tear through human flesh, like a cat playing with a small toy. All the while, you see the pure terror on the eyes of the victims as they realize there is not a thing they can do to escape this bloody fate.

Something is Killing the Children has been like a pot about to boil for a bit. This issue has the terror bubbling over and spilling everywhere. You can't get away from it. The scares envelope you as you struggle to hold on to some semblance of hope. All that awaits...is Slaughter. We must pray that's enough. This comic is so friggin' good.

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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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