I’ll admit, I was hesitant to pick up Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion. It sounded a bit dark for my taste with the title and premise – children are being murdered, lots of them, and it’s up to a young girl with a monster mask to stop the killings. However, after reading the first volume of the graphic novel, I was hooked. Something about Tynion’s writing sucks you in and refuses to let go. If you’re a fan of comic books, Something is Killing the Children is a must-read.
The story follows Erica Slaughter, a young, mysterious hunter, as she tries to uncover who or what is responsible for the murders of children in the small town of Archer’s Peak. Tynion does an excellent job of balancing the bleakness of the plot with moments of levity, which prevents the story from becoming too depressing.
The artwork by Werther Dell’Edera somehow manages to be gorgeous while depicting rather horrific scenes. Dell’Edera’s use of light and shadow gives the panels an ethereal quality that brings Tynion’s words to life and connects you to the characters.
Something is Killing the Children is ultimately a story about hope. Despite all the tragedy and death, Erica remains determined to uncover who is responsible for the brutal murders and make them pay. Her resolve is inspiring, and it’s easy to root for her as she takes on impossible odds.
So, if you’re looking for an excellent horror comic book series to get lost in, you can stop now. You’ve found it. The story is engaging, the artwork is beautiful, and it’s impossible to put down once you start reading. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed.