Boom! Studios Review: Something is Killing the Children #11
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Werther Dell’edera
Colorist: Miquel Muerto
Letterer: Andworld Design
Reviewer: Tony Farina
Erica’s gambit to save Archer’s Peak has failed. Now, the town is under the full control of the Order of St. George. And if the spread of the monsters can’t be contained, then the Order might move to eradicate the entire area…
Something is Killing the Children #11 has a cover by the world’s greatest working cover artist Jenny Frison. I know that I am supposed to write about all the goodies inside the comic, but honestly, the Frison cover is stunning. Not only is it haunting and beautiful, but we see BOTH of Erica’s eyes! There is a scene in this book where we almost see her left eye, but on this cover, we get a full face. It is spectacular. I bow to her (both Erica and Jenny).
OK, so in the book there is some amazing art by Dell’Edera as well. Werther just makes everything feel terrifying, because it is. We know, as readers, this is all fiction, but in Dell’Edera’s hands, it feels all too real. This issue, we are drowning in splash pages and I, for one, do not want a life preserver.
I LOVE what is going on with the House of Slaughter. What an amazing secondary storyline. James the Fourth knows exactly how to bounce back and forth between Archer’s Peak and the House of Slaughter so that we don’t feel like we are getting whiplash, but we never feel like we are spending too much time away from anything.
Something is Killing the Children #11 is practically perfect in every way. I am not saying Erica is Mary Poppins, but…Well, I am totally saying that. Think about it. She shows up to help kids in need. She sees things most adults can not see. She has a magic talking sidekick. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
Something is Killing the Children #11 starts a new story arc where we know that Erica will have not choice but to face off with the house of Slaughter. I must say, I can’t wait for the next issue. This series continues to be excellent. It is not for the faint of heart of course, but for those who love a thriller wrapped in the cloak of a horror comic, this series is for you.