We’ve reached a point in this chess game where every move is devastating, and Tynion IV and Dell’edera are not holding back. This is what it means for a character to have their back pinned against a wall. Erica Slaugher showed up in this small, “nothing ever happens here but bigotry” towns to save all of the children from monsters. She is a monster hunter that seems a bit out of her mind. I supposed I would be, too, if I hunted monsters. She has been joined by some of the people of the town who are willing to listen, to help as they may, which does not bode well for the House of Slaughter, or as we now know they are called The Order of St. George. Monster hunters that are more concerned about people knowing there are monsters and will do anything to stop the news from spreading.
These are big bads that don’t speechify in the moment, and maybe that’s why they seem incredibly dangerous to our heroes and to the reader. That’s also what makes this an incredible series. When I read Something Is Killing the Children, I imagine Ripley cornered by a horde of Xenomorphs or Sarah Connor outmaneuvering a Terminator; that’s how good this series is. That’s how amazing Erica Slaughter is. That’s how brilliant and bold this creative team is from top to bottom. That’s why you should be reading this series. It’s a powerhouse and powerful. From Ankley’s design work – that title page is always epic – to Dell’edera’s hyper-realistic and stylized artwork, and Muerto’s dark color palette.
Every year, there are just a handful of series you shouldn’t miss, and this is right at the top.
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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