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Review – Something Is Killing the Children #7 (BOOM! Studios)

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Something Is Killing the Children #7

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Werther Dell’Edera
Colorist: Miguel Muerto
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: June 10th, 2020

The monster hunting never ends, at least not in Something Is Killing the Children #7. In fact, this world is quickly revealing itself to be something infinitely more complex than it first appeared.

 

The Haunting Continues in Something Is Killing the Children #7

It seems that Erica Slaughter’s journey is far from over in Something Is Killing the Children #7. She may have killed the monster catching and eating children—but she hasn’t put an end to events. Not yet, at any rate.

In a world where monsters are real, there must also be monster hunters. That’s where Erica comes into play—she and the mysterious organization she works for. There are rules, methods, and fail-safes in place, many of which we have yet to see in practice.

Something Is Killing the Children #7 (BOOM Studios) cover by Werther Dell'Edera
Something Is Killing the Children #7 (BOOM Studios) cover by Werther Dell’Edera

There are several loose threads left to be resolved in this series, from the two witnesses to her monster-hunting, to the other little monsters that keep insisting on going bump in the night. Here’s hoping that for the sake of this town, the resolution comes swiftly.

Writing

Something Is Killing the Children #7 is an issue that gives fans what it wants. There’s still that lingering sense of dread, naturally. That will continue as long as there are monsters in this world. But there is also something else, something different.

You see, we’re finally getting a glimpse into the rest of this world. We know that Erica is not a lone wolf, even though she acts like one. Yet we know next to nothing about those working behind the scenes.

That isn’t to say that this issue will make us all experts. No, James Tynion IV is too cautious in his writing for that. But there’s a glimpse, as well as a promise for more. It weaves in nicely with the way the plot has progressed.

In fact, it feels like an essential addition to this series. The horror of the monsters needs to be balanced out with the intrigue of this society, something that has been done well here. Though it’s probably worth noting that once again, this is a series that does not pull punches. It’s titled Something Is Killing the Children, after all.

Art

There is something so iconic about the art style within Something Is Killing the Children #7. It gives an extra edge to the horror elements, turning the series into something more. Werther Dell’Edera is the lead artist, working alongside Miguel Muerto for colors, and AndWorld Design for the lettering.

There’s a rough quality, both to the scenes and especially to the monsters. It’s something I’ve come to really enjoy about this series. It almost feels like nightmares come to life, which is so appropriate in so many different ways.

Then there are the colors, which are shockingly vibrant, which makes the absence of color all the more horrifying. It’s this perfect balance that really works well with this story. I honestly don’t think the monsters would have had the same impact designed any other way.

Finally, we have the lettering, which is the final touch this issue needed. Believe it or not, a lot of the sense of impact comes from the lettering. You can feel the hits, the anger, and the rest of it boiling out this way.

Conclusion

Something Is Killing the Children #7 is a dark issue, but it’s also one loaded with intrigue. We’ve been shown that there’s more to this world than meets the eyes, all while setting the scene for something larger (and arguably more dangerous) down the line. It’s going to be fascinating to see where Erica’s story leads next, and who will be involved along the way. Will characters introduced in the first arc make an appearance? Or will new characters take a lead? Only time will tell.

 


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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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