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Review – Something Is Killing the Children #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Something Is Killing the Children #1 (BOOM! Studios) variant cover art (detail) by Jae Lee, June Chung
Something Is Killing the Children #1
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  • Writing - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 7.75/10
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Summary

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Werther Dell’Edera
Colorist: Miguel Muerto
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: M
Release Date: September 4th, 2019

A dark tale of monsters and things that go bump in the night begins in Something Is Killing the Children #1.

A Dark Tale Begins in Something Is Killing the Children #1

Something Is Killing the Children #1 is the start to an all-new tale from BOOM! Studios. It’s a dark world full of monsters and things that go bump in the night—but who would ever believe the few witnesses to these nightmares? This series starts off on a dark note, unsurprisingly. And it’ll likely stick to those darker times throughout the entirety of the series. But that’s okay—that’s the sort of story fans can expect from a series with this title.

Something is Killing the Children is brought to you by some of the biggest names in the comic book world: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera, and Miguel Muerto. Odds are pretty good that you recognize at least one of those names.

Writing

Something Is k=Killing the Children #1 (BOOM! Studios) cover art by Werther Dell'Edera
Something Is Killing the Children #1 (BOOM! Studios) cover art by Werther Dell’Edera

Something Is Killing the Children #1 shows what James Tynion IV is like when let off the reins. You can tell that he’s been working on this series for a while, and is happy not to have to pull any punches.

This series is not for the faint of heart, but the title alone should have given that much away. Speaking of, this series did not waste any time earning the name. Which, again, is no surprise. What is surprising is the complex use of different storytelling styles in this issue.

It didn’t take them a lot of time to establish the setting, threat, or main characters in this series. That means that we’ll be able to dive right in during the next issue—which will be good or bad for the children of this town. But it’s certainly a good thing for the readers.

The series jumps perspectives and points in times, all in order to build the tension while slowly laying out the groundwork. It takes what could be a straightforward tale and turns it into something more alarming and new. Only time will tell how far this plot will be pushed.

Art

The artwork behind Something Is Killing the Children #1 is spectacular. The artists had a strong sense of when a scene is more alarming when dark, and when to use brightness instead. The end result is something mildly jarring and deeply disturbing. In short, it’s perfect.

The character designs are particularly eye-catching, in this issue, though some characters more than others. Some of them are designed to be outside of the norm—not fitting in with the society that flows around them. Others are meant to blend in and throw us off. It’s an interesting combination.

Werther Dell’Edera was the lead artist on this issue, with Miguel Muerto providing the colors. And I dearly hope that both stick with the project to the end. It wouldn’t be the same without them. Working alongside the team was AndWorld Design, who provided the lettering for the issue.

Conclusion

Something Is Killing the Children #1 is dark and foreboding. The quick introduction to the series was well done. It pulled readers right in and left us wanting to find out what happens next. The series uses some creative uses of lighting and a twisted sense of what should be considered normal. And that’ll get readers back for the next issue.

This series could easily go one of two ways. It could become a shorter-running series, or the creative team could turn it into something longer. Either way, they have the opportunity to really push the boundaries of this horror tale. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with it.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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