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Review for Something is Killing the Children (Vol. 1)

Blurb: When children begin to go missing in the town of Archer’s Peak, all hope seems lost until a mysterious woman arrives to reveal that terrifying creatures are behind the chaos - and that she alone will destroy them, no matter the cost.


When the children of Archer's Peak—a sleepy town in the heart of America—begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only one who sees what they can see.

Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.

Review: Something is viciously killing the children of a small woodsy town, and the police are stumped. James survived while his friends were ripped apart. He doesn't know why, but he wants to find out. When Erica Slaughter comes to town, she's the only one who might be able to save the kids. Yet some think she's the killer.

I'm getting started on the spooky season with this graphic horror novel. This is the first volume in the series, and it was a spectacular start. I've seen some reviewers think it has a Stranger Things vibe, and it does in a small way since it involves a small town, monsters, and teenagers. It's far more gruesome, though. The tension was well played in the dialogue and illustrations. Wonderful dark art. Erica is still a mystery, and I'd very much like to find out more about her. It doesn't focus on Erica and James alone. We get peeks of the family members of the dead and missing children and how it's affecting them. It tears at the heart.

GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (The Woods, Batman: Detective Comics) is the writer and Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) the artist. You can find the book here.

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H.R. Sinclair
H.R. Sinclair
Sep 06, 2022

The cover is fantastic. I clicked through to see the inside illustration, beautiful. The book sounds utterly gruesome and delightful.

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