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Something is Killing the Children (Single Issues) #1

Something is Killing the Children #1

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GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Memetic, Batman: Detective Comics) teams with artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) for an all-new limited series about staring into the abyss to find your worst fears staring back. When the children of Archer's Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible stories of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to see what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it MUST be done.

31 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 4, 2019

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James Tynion IV

1,190 books1,066 followers
Prior to his first professional work, Tynion was a student of Scott Snyder's at Sarah Lawrence College. A few years later, he worked as for Vertigo as Fables editor Shelly Bond's intern. In late 2011, with DC deciding to give Batman (written by Snyder) a back up feature, Tynion was brought in by request of Snyder to script the back ups he had plotted. Tynion would later do the same with the Batman Annual #1, which was also co-plotted by Snyder. Beginning in September 2012, with DC's 0 issue month for the New 52, Tynion will be writing Talon, with art by Guillem March. In early 2013 it was announced that he'd take over writing duties for Red Hood and the Outlaws in April.

Tynion is also currently one of the writers in a rotating team in the weekly Batman Eternal series.

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Profile Image for Bookishrealm.
1,839 reviews4,678 followers
January 13, 2020
Update! Here's my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....
This was such a crazy first issue!! I thought it was weird at first but I should have known that I was going to enjoy the paranormal and supernatural elements. The artwork was phenomenal and I’m really looking forward to how the story is going to continue. Since this focuses on a creature that attacks children I’m very curious on how the adults in this comic are going to continue to handle what’s going on especially when they find out that it’s not an animal that’s killing the children. If you’ve never heard of this one definitely give it a shot!
Profile Image for A.B. Neilly.
Author 4 books19 followers
January 14, 2020
I found this comic fascinating. So much O read four of them in a night. Beautiful drawings, urban phantasy with graphic violence and horror. It resonates with the deepest terrors that we have as children. It reminds me of Stephen King and Clove Barker with a bit of Scooby Doo. I love it and I intend to read the full series as soon as is available.
Profile Image for Lena.
1,139 reviews237 followers
March 7, 2020
Decent art, decent story starter, but it’s nothing special yet. Not that monster hunting can’t be fun, lol.
Profile Image for Israel.
92 reviews20 followers
May 16, 2020
Very interesting book. I'm eager to read the rest of the series. Erica is a very interesting character shrouded in mystery. James is a boy desperate to save his town, and I'm curious to see how he develops through the books. The art is well done, though in the beginning I got the boys confused and by the end I still got two of the adult males confused.

Definitely recommend to anyone who likes spooky things.

I was given a digital ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Lili  Marcus.
715 reviews405 followers
May 21, 2020
Aaah, this is too short. I don't usually read graphic novels but this one's cover is nice and so I thought the content must be equally good. I wasn't wrong. The concept of this novel is so intriguing, dark, and fascinating. It's so atmospheric which is my absolute favorite. I highly enjoyed every part of it that I know I'll read the next issue soon.

The art is really good too and I'm surprised that this graphic novel is not widely known. It deserves more readers.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher/author via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book in any way.
Profile Image for Rose.
42 reviews10 followers
September 13, 2019
Deeply dark and fascinating beginning to a story. I just picked it up off the shelf on a whim, because the cover was so appealling, and it lived up to it. I'm eagerly awaiting the next issue.
6,104 reviews66 followers
November 3, 2019
That's intriguing. Way better then I thoughts it would be. Thrilling, good suspense, an horror vibes to it as well. I'm in! Let's read the second one!
Profile Image for James.
2,290 reviews50 followers
October 1, 2019
4.5 stars. So I’m reading along like, ok this is pretty cool so far. A nice mystery going on. Kind of creepy. Then I get to the part where James recaps what happened to the blonde girl. Whoa!!!! I was not ready for that. Heart dropped while turning those pages. Needless to say, def hooked in for issue 2!!
Profile Image for Marina.
582 reviews111 followers
November 10, 2019
JOLIN esto es saber llamar la atención de la gente. Probablemente no deberían ser 5 estrellas porque son muy pocas páginas introduciendo la historia. Pero tanto el guión como el dibujo y el color hacen perfectamente su función de mostrar el tono y la trama de la historia y hacer que te enganches con apenas unas páginas.
Profile Image for Gabrielle  (needs a break).
317 reviews46 followers
December 4, 2019
I picked this up on a whim, and I'm so glad I did. The protag is a strong, cool woman, and I was immediately there for it - girls that kick monster butt, especially in dark horror settings, are my FAVE.

It's very dark and sometimes pretty gore-y, so steer clear if those things aren't for you.
Profile Image for Jenn Lopez.
460 reviews14 followers
January 17, 2020
This is right up my alley for graphic novels. Weird, gore, the unexplained, kick-ass fighter/ killer girl. Read the first issue during my lunch break and going to find the rest of the issues.
Profile Image for Rui.
80 reviews29 followers
December 20, 2020
Review of all available issues #1-12 but the series is still ongoing

"I'm not a superhero. I'm just a tired, sad lady who knows how to kill these things, and I am going to try my damnedest to end it this time. So what do you say?" Issue 9

This series would be 3 stars because everyone in this town is dumb but Erica Slaughter gets her own badass star. It's like, how many children need to die before they listen to her and actually do something right for once? I love her character design, practical and sassy personality, and watching her slice through monsters with a machete. That's all I'm here to see. The art looks rough but it has its charm and I think it's very effective. The cover art for each issue is so awesome! Slow burn urban horror.
Profile Image for Juju  ♡ ~('▽^人).
313 reviews12 followers
February 18, 2023
that was really cool!!

you can thank jayson for getting me interested in this comic based on the high rating given to this. i'm super intrigued to read more of this! the art is super cool, and the arrangement of the panels on some pages as well es the atmosphere was quite eerie.

i'm looking forward to read more of this!
Profile Image for Ahmed.
166 reviews26 followers
December 24, 2020
مرعبة و فيها مشاهد عنيفة بشكل صادم بس شكلها هتبقى سلسلة حلوة
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836 reviews46 followers
August 28, 2020
This is only 30 pages so there’s not a lot to have an opinion on, but what I’ve read I enjoyed and am intrigued.
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Author 2 books49 followers
September 2, 2020
I like the art style but I didn't love the story. I'm not really big on horror but I loved Horrorstor so thought I would give this a try. It's probably not for me personally but I still liked it. 4 🌟.

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July 6, 2020

There's a lot of inspiration needed to come up with a story like this because the instance you pick up this book you find a near resemblance to some of the horror sci-fi you might have come across in a movie or a book but still, it feels like fresh air.
So the story revolves around a town where children are gone missing and later found in the woods but too late to be identified.
James is the one who got away, but police won't believe what he saw neither his friends, for them, he is the killer.
But Erica knows it all, she faced such unknown identities before and willing to stop it again but this time in an unknown town with unknown motives.
Profile Image for Nomnivor.
635 reviews64 followers
March 17, 2021
Während ich wie auf Kohlen auf den nächsten Band warte, hier eine zusammenfassende Rezension für alle Bände:
• Erica sieht genauso aus, wie ich mit Anfang 20 aussah, und das ist extra gruselig.
• Ich hatte allerdings keine fesche Zähne-Maske.
• Oder ein Schwert.
• Monster. Monster überall.
• Trotz des Titels war ich überrascht, wie blutig die Seiten sind.
• Nur Kinder können die Monster sehen. Das ist die gruseligste Art von Monstern, okay.
• Vor allem, weil sie Erwachsene immer noch verletzen können, höhö.
• Die Idee mit den Kuscheltieren ist *chefs kiss*
• Wenn ihr keine Ahnung habt, wovon ich rede, aber jetzt neugierig geworden seid, was es mit den Kuscheltieren auf sich hat, müsst ihr wohl leider Something is Killing the Children lesen.
• Hint: Es hat was mit Monstern zu tun.
• Die übrigens zu Leben beginnen, weil Kinder sie sich vorstellen.
• Was auch gruselig ist.
Profile Image for Stacie.
805 reviews33 followers
November 3, 2019
This has a relatively basic set up. A group of kids are found horrendously murdered, and a few characters need to fight the evil being that's running amok on the woods. We don't actually see these characters do much, other than just coming to terms with their current monster-fighting reality.

This first installment was mostly laying down the groundwork for what I'm assuming will be monster battles ahead. There's nothing inherently wrong with this, it just didn't manage to pique my interest for the next issue.
Profile Image for Danni The Girl.
522 reviews27 followers
March 23, 2020
It was ok. I don't get where Erica came from, but I'm guessing we find that out in later comics. I think I expected more horror, it didn't really get me feeling hooked. The ending was good, left on a good cliff hanger, the octopus is also something different, I liked him.
Profile Image for Lost in Book Land.
523 reviews94 followers
March 23, 2020
Welcome Back!

As of writing this post, I hit 100 subscribers on my blog!! I know that may not seem like a big deal but it is a huge deal to me. I am beyond excited and thank you all for reading my posts and just being here. I have been reading and posting a lot for the past few months and I am definitely planning to keep it up! Now, let's talk about my most recent read! This was a graphic novel I saw on my Hoopla app and was super curious about so I clicked borrow and now here we are!


Kids in the town of Archer's Peak have begun to go missing. No one has any real idea of what is happening and everything seems hopeless. Many of the kids who go missing never return and the ones who do have awful stories with no real leads on what is happening. One night a group of kids goes into the woods and only one of them returns. Everyone is asking him, what happened to the others and no one believes his answers. That is until one person, a stranger from out of town shows up and she believes every word of what he says happened to the other kids in the woods.

I loved this graphic novel and I literally can not wait to pick up the next one off of my Hoopla app. It was so mysterious and definitely caught my attention during this first issue. I love the art in this graphic novel. I found myself examining each panel with close attention wanting to look at it more and more to see if there was anything I might be missing. I am giving this issue five stars on Goodreads!
Profile Image for Lyndie.
277 reviews56 followers
May 13, 2020
Comics are not my usual go-to but this was awesome. The heroine of the comic, Erica Slaughter is badass. I love that the comic has such a strong feminine role in it.

This comic contained the perfect blend of graphic violence and horror. Overall the illustrations were beautiful.

This was a great start to the series and I look forward to reading the others.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Jessica.
961 reviews44 followers
January 6, 2022
5 Stars! ★★★★★
My curiosity is PEAKED! What is this monster killing the children? Why only children? It’s so huge and dangerous, it could easily kill adults. Who is this blond girl with big eyes who kills monsters and why isn’t she scared? I am all in for this!
The art is a wicked good fit for the story. Very gloomy and dark.
Profile Image for Becky Price.
637 reviews42 followers
June 29, 2020
Definitely interesting and I enjoyed the artwork. A lot of gore, but honestly that was my favorite part. I'm unsure if I will read more.
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