Oh, gosh, but it’s been forever. Catch me up, Phillip.
So, there’s a monster killing kids. A badass mysterious monster fighter named Erica Slaughter who talks to a stuffed purple squid has strolled into town. Teenager James was originally blamed for the murders, but ultimately let go, but not before the small-town rumor mill kicked into high gear. This ended up involving a hot, shot-jock type, Tommy, who soon realized that he was wrong to think that James and Erica had anything to do with his missing younger sister. An altercation put James in the hospital with a gunshot wound and left Tommy with a broken arm. In the previous issue, we found out that Erica Slaughter works for a secret family organization, The House of Slaughter, and we already know she hates authority figures (from her dealings with the local police). Aside from some twists and turns, you are caught up!
James Tynion IV’s creator-owned series are phenomenal. He brings us such rich, textured characters and worlds that even when there isn’t a lot of action in an issue, it feels like so much is going on. In this issue, one of the parents becomes a chess piece in this situation, and Tynion waited until it was dramatically appropriate to really bring her into the story. And, when I say dramatically appropriate, I mean dramatically devastating. Now, everything she does from here on out, we will know exactly what motivates her.
Dell'edera’s art is so descriptive. Instead of always relying on words, Tynion allows Dell’edera’s incredible talents to fill in the blanks as to what’s going on in the characters’ heads, while Muerto’s color creates a mood and atmosphere that soaks up your attention. This is a beautifully produced, character-driven horror story (with allegorical touches) from top to bottom and well worth your hard-earned weekly allowance.
Creative Team: James Tynion IV (writer), Werther Dell’edera (artist), Miquel Muerto (colors), Andworld Design (letters), Michelle Ankley, (designer), Eric Harburn (editor), Assistant Editor (Gwen Waller)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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