I always enjoy James Tynion IV’s work on popular series like Detective Comics and his other ventures over at DC, but where he truly excels to me as a writer – where his voice as a creator is amplified – is when he releases one of his horror or sci-fi series at BOOM! Studios. Memetic, Cognetic, and Eugenic took the sort of body horror aspects from David Cronenberg and spun some truly great, socially relevant horror stories. Something Is Killing the Children looks like it’s the next in this sort of socially aware horror series, and he doesn’t wait to get into it.
What starts out as a sleepover for a group of four boys and a late-night horror story told by James turns into a massacre. James wears a pair of glasses that obfuscates his eyes to the reader. This massacre puts James at the center of gossip, bullying, a police investigation, and in the crosshairs of a mysterious monster killer that wears a bandana around her face that has an Attack on Titan-like grin painted on it. She’s awesome. I don’t have a name for her yet, but she’s awesome. James’ first interaction with her comes with a keen visual eye from Werther Dell’edera, showing her height over James, her visual dominance. Somehow, her presence calms James. This confident figure gains his trust almost immediately.
This is a great first issue. Tynion’s storytelling, when he leaves a scene and enters a scene, pulls us along, as we dig deeper into the characters’ emotional states. Dell’edera’s art is cinematically stunning, and Miquel Muerto’s colors set the tone for each sequence without losing the overall feeling of the book thus far. Issue one is absolutely worth checking out.
Creative Team: James Tynion IV (writer), Werther Dell’edera (artist), Miquel Muerto (colors), Andworld Design (letters), Eric Harburn (editor), Assistant Editor (Gwen Waller)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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