Title: Something is Killing the Children #1
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Werther Dell’edera
Colors: Miquel Muerto
Letters: Andworld Design
Published: September 4, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Memetic, Batman: Detective Comics) teams with artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) for an all-new limited series about staring into the abyss to find your worst fears staring back. When the children of Archer’s Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible stories 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 see 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.
As I’m sure you’ve already gathered from the title, something has been (violently) killing the children of Archer’s Peak, and it’s still lurking in the woods. Thankfully, a mysterious stranger has just arrived and she’s got plans to rid this small town of it’s big monster problem.
Tackling the murder of young innocents, whether in a supernatural tale or otherwise, is no simple task; sure, American pop-culture is riddled with tales of child-eating beasties and kid-captuing baddies, but the subject must be handled with a certain finesse in order to get it right. Just one issue in, and I’m already confident that the creative team will not only approach this dark subject matter with care, but produce an unforgettable horror series while doing it.
James Tynion carefully keeps dense pages of telling dialogue balanced with wordless, high-energy ‘silent’ scenes, making for a reading experience that is as enjoyable, and easy to consume, as it is thrilling. Werther Dell’edera’s illustrations are impressive and leave me wanting more and looking forward to more monster-centric conflicts, while Miquel Muerto’s colors establish a cool grim tone that is immersive and inescapable.
More than just another tale about the terrible things that lurk in the woods, Something is Killing the Children promises to thrill and intrigue throughout its limited run.