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Review – Something Is Killing the Children #12 (BOOM! Studios)

Something Is Killing the Children #12 (BOOM! Studios) main cover (detail) by Werther Dell'Edera
  • Writing - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 8.25/10
    8.3/10

Something Is Killing the Children #12

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Werther Dell’Edera
Colorist: Miguel Muerto
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Maturity Rating: M
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: November 18th, 2020

Something Is Killing the Children #12 continues this dark and harrowing tale, as Erica Slaughter gets closer to the origin of this latest infestation.

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Dark Tides in Something Is Killing the Children #12

The times seem to keep getting darker and darker in Something Is Killing the Children #12. An impressive feat, given the title and nature of the series. This is a world where monsters are real—and very, very hungry.

Something Is Killing the Children #12 (BOOM! Studios) bloody blank variant cover by Werther Dell'Edera
Something Is Killing the Children #12 (BOOM! Studios) bloody blank variant cover by Werther Dell’Edera

Erica Slaughter has done her best to keep the monsters, and worse, at bay. But everything is continuing to spiral out of control, as more monsters make appearances, all while more people begin to learn the truth of what is happening to one previously sleepy town.

Admittedly, this series is not for the faint of heart, yet it has been a thrilling horror series. One that very much lives up to its name and the promises made.

Writing

If you’ve been following the series up to this point, then you know just how dark and disturbing it can get. Now, take all of those expectations, and throw them out the window. The twists inside Something is Killing the Children #12 are on a whole new level.

James Tynion IV has seriously outdone himself here. Yes, it is a graphic issue, but ironically, this is one of the first times where those elements don’t steal the show. No, instead, it’s all of the implications found within these pages.

This is the issue that adds so much depth to the series. It answers many questions (while laying down a few more). Not to mention increasing our emotional ties to the series and events that are unfolding. It’s delightfully done.

All of that being said, the cliffhanger ending is fairly anxiety-inducing, so the next month is probably going to feel like a long one. At least there are plenty of other horror series to keep up with at the same time. It is actually quite a refreshing change.

Art

As you might imagine, the artwork found inside Something is Killing the Children #12 is a thematic match to the story itself. That means it gets pretty dark—both literally and figuratively. There’s plenty of gore, but it’s handled in a way that doesn’t overwhelm. Though, admittedly, the color palette itself may play a role there.

Werther Dell’Edera‘s monsters and characters are vibrant and memorable. The humans portray a myriad of emotions, though predominantly pain and fear (with good reason). Erica herself is an iconic beacon of the series, a counter to the monsters that she faces.

The colors, which are created by Miguel Muerto, are simply divine. The dark and muted tones fit the world these characters are in, all while providing a backdrop for vibrant bursts of color to almost pop off the pages. It certainly adds to the impact and horror of it all.

AndWorld Design‘s lettering is the necessary final touch. I will say that the title pages for Something Is Killing the Children are some of my favorites, and a lot of that has to do with the decisions made by AndWorld Design.

Conclusion

Something Is Killing the Children #12 is a harrowing issue, no matter which way you look at it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m still reeling from the implications and revelations that occurred here. Likewise, I sincerely cannot wait to see what is going to happen next. Or how Erica is going to get out of this…particular situation.


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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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