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Review – Something Is Killing the Children #2 (BOOM! Studios)

Something Is Killing the Children #2 (BOOM Studios) variant cover (detail) by Ian Bertram
Something Is Killing the Children #2
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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: October 16th, 2019

Something Is Killing the Children #2 continues the terrifying and disturbing tale of a town plagued by monsters, and the hunter who has come to town.

 

A Hunter Has Come to Town in Something Is Killing the Children #2

Monsters are real, and they’re hungrier than ever. Heroes are also real, though they’re not quite what we expected. At least, the one that appears in Something Is Killing the Children #2 certainly doesn’t appear to be your everyday hero.

Something Is Killing the Children has been a dramatic and disturbing tale so far. It introduced us to a world where the monsters seem to prefer to eat little children—and they’re not always considerate enough to leave behind a body to identify. It’s a sad day when you consider that sort of thing a slight win.

Writing

Something Is Killing the Children #2 (BOOM Studios) main cover by Werther Dell'Edera
Something Is Killing the Children #2 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Werther Dell’Edera

It’ll come as no surprise to hear that Something Is Killing the Children #2 was an emotional read, just like its predecessor. It would appear that James Tynion IV is not interested in pulling punches. And we’re not complaining about that fact.

Something Is Killing the Children #2 took a step back from the horror—in some ways. Instead, it switched the focus, laying the groundwork for something much bigger and darker. Something that we know must be looming just out of sight.

This issue quickly proves that there’s more going on here than meets the eye. In a world of monsters and their hunters, that is saying something. Losing a child to a grisly tragedy may seem like the worst thing than could ever happen—until you consider the idea of never knowing what happened to them.

That is the world that Tynion IV has laid out for us, and he did so in a beautiful, yet eerie way. This is quickly becoming one of those series that is impossible to look away from, no matter how badly you may want to do exactly that.

Art

The artwork behind Something Is Killing the Children #2 is a perfect fit for the tale within. It’s dark and disturbing, not afraid to show the violence within. But likewise, it isn’t afraid to simply imply something and let our minds do the rest.

If there’s one thing this issue does brilliantly, it’s increasing our awareness—and fear—of the unseen. It’s a poignant reminder that just because we can’t see the monsters lurking in the shadows, doesn’t magically mean that they’re not there.

Werther Dell’Edera was the lead artist behind these decisions, with Miguel Muerto being the colorist. Finally, AndWorld Design provided the lettering for this issue. Their combined efforts are the reason the tone for this series has been so spot-on.

Conclusion

Something Is Killing the Children #2 is a disturbing tale by any means. But it also told us a ton of important information about this world full of monsters. I still have dozens of questions about the world, the monsters, and this…curious hunter. But I have no doubt that all of these questions—and more—will be answered with time.

The conclusion of this issue did, admittedly, raise more questions, and has left me anxious to see what will happen next. And there will be plenty of fans out there asking the same set of questions.


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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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