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Review – Something is Killing the Children #11 (BOOM! Studios)

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  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10
    8.5/10

Summary

Something is Killing the Children #11
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Werther Dell’Edera
Colorist: Miquel Muerto
Letterer: Andworld Design
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Released: October 21st, 2020
Maturity Rating: M

Something is Killing the Children #11 is another dark addition to this tale of monsters and their prey, as Erica Slaughter races against time.

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A Dark Twist in Something is Killing the Children #11

The terrible tale of monsters hunting in one small town continues in Something is Killing the Children #11. Despite Erica Slaughter’s best efforts (She didn’t get that name for nothing!), the monsters are still rampaging.

That means the children in this town are very much in danger. Worse, those in charge are noticing the lack of control happening, and that can only spell further disasters down the line. Disasters of the human variety, this time around. Damage control isn’t always so kind, as it turns out.

In the past few issues, Erica has made multiple last-ditch attempts to keep Archer’s Peak safe, even going against one of her own to do so. Now, she’s basically down to the very last, and probably worst, options available to her.

Writing

Something is killing the children #11
Something is Killing the Children #11 (Boom! Studios) Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Werther Dell’Edera Colorist: Miquel Muerto Letterer: Andworld Design

Something is Killing the Children #11 is a dark and disturbing issue, much like the rest of the series. That in itself isn’t a surprise, not at this point. What is surprising is how those in the town are reacting to what is going on.

Written by James Tynion IV, this issue continues to portray a growing group of monsters. As you might imagine, that can get pretty…graphic pretty quickly. The real question is, how far will this organization of Erica’s go to keep all of that quiet?

Somehow this series has begun to weave in politics into a tale that had been a pretty clear-cut horror story. It’s impressive, and it is going to add depth and longevity to the series. More than simple carnage could ever do.

Another impressive feat for this issue has to be the sheer amount of horror and emotion portrayed. The characters are raw and hurting, even those who have seen worse. It’s…harrowing, to say the least.

Art

That iconic art style is back in Something is Killing the Children #11. While the series has no fear of getting dark (or gory, for that matter), there’s still this aesthetic that is unique to the series. It makes it stand out among the rest of the horror series out there.

Werther Dell’Edera‘s artwork is heavily stylized and is the reason why Erica Slaughter looks so…striking. Her look is just one of many iconic features in the series. Alongside the design of the monsters, and their preferred food.

The colors, provided by Miquel Muerto, are bold and feel dangerous. The heavy use of red and black goes a long way here and makes any other color pop out in stark contrast. Its brightness may not be expected for a horror series, but it is shockingly effective here.

Finally, AndWorld Design provided the lettering, and it is understated work, to say the least. The lettering merges all of the elements, weaving the story into the artwork in flawless fashion.

Conclusion

Something is Killing the Children #11 is another memorable addition to this already haunting series. Somehow the horror and emotional toll of everything that has happened is continuing to increase, reaching a peak.

All while leaving a strong impression that the worst is yet to come. For that theory to be confirmed, we’ll have to wait another month to find out.


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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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