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Review – Something Is Killing the Children #3 (BOOM! Studios)

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Something Is Killing the Children #3

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Werther Dell’Edera
Colorist: Miquel Muerto
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: M
Release Date: November 20th, 2019

When monsters go hunting, Erica is called into action. But not all towns are so willing to accept strangers, as evidenced in Something Is Killing the Children #3.

 

Something Is Killing the Children #3: When Things Go Bump in the Night

Something Is Killing the Children #3 brings us back to a world in which monsters are real. And they have a taste for children. Naturally, this is a dark and gory series, but it isn’t without hope, even if that hope rests on the shoulders of a gruff young woman.

When children suddenly go missing or turn up dead, those in the know understand that there’s a monster on the loose. And thus, people like Erica Slaughter are sent in to clean it all up. And yet, it’s been three issues, and children are still dying.

Something Is Killing the Children #3 (BOOM Studios) main cover by Werther Dell'Edera
Something Is Killing the Children #3 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Werther Dell’Edera

This issue forces us to acknowledge that being a monster hunter isn’t as simple as tracking and killing. Not that any of that would actually be easy. Erica may be on the job, but every moment she wastes puts another child at risk.

Writing

James Tynion IV has woven us a dark and disturbing tale within Something Is Killing the Children #3. This series may have, at first glance, appeared to be little more than a monster-hunting series. But it’s rapidly proving to be a complex series, full of social interactions, obligations, and all of the complications that come from grieving and scared people.

This issue is a study in balance. The plot itself is steadily moving forward, while also making a point to give us time to understand everything happening around it. That means we need to understand the town being affected, the people within it, Erica herself, and the politics of monster hunting. That’s a lot to fit into one issue, but they made it work.

Naturally, this issue didn’t lose that darker and more foreboding tone. Yes, it might have lessened a little bit in parts. But it was also building up a different sense of dread. It’s easy to forget that in a world full of monsters, people can be just as horrible. Especially when in pain.

Something Is Killing the Children is proving to be a delightfully dark tale, one with many more surprises than expected. It will prove interesting to see what Erica finds during her hunt in the next issue.

Art

Something Is Killing the Children #3 has some amazing artwork to support this dark and disturbing tale. The art style is slightly rougher, but it fits the graphic nature of the telling. And it certainly doesn’t pull any punches in regards to what it shows us.

Werther Dell’Edera was the lead artist for this issue, and they’re responsible for the overall look of it all. And honestly? I adore the look, so I hope it doesn’t change anytime soon. Then there’s the coloring, which was provided by Miquel Muerto. They managed to make even bright scenes look dangerous, which can’t be an easy task.

And finally, AndWorld Design did the lettering for this issue. And they somehow managed to encompass all of the raw emotions into their text. It was an impressive feat.

Conclusion

Something Is Killing the Children #3 was another chilling addition to this series. I’m glad they took the time to establish more of the world and plot before throwing us back into the deep end. Now we have a better understanding of what is wrong—and thus how dangerous this hunt is going to be.


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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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