Review: Something is Killing the Children #13
[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
The monsters in Archer’s Peak have surrounded the school where Erica and Tommy make their last stand. Even if the House of Slaughter can save them, will the price of their help be too high?
Where to begin? Well Something is Killing the Children #13 is hauntingly beautiful. Werther Dell’Edera has become, due to the work in this series, one of my favorite working artists. Nightmarish hell children killers are particularly creepy, but the real baddies, the other members of the House of Slaughter are going to live in their own ring of hell. The way Dell’Edera captures their body language is why this works so well for me. There is a level of corporate greed and evil that permeates them. If you didn’t know what this book was, you would see a row of them and say, “those people suck.” You would be right.
Of course, it is from the mind of the brilliant James the Fourth that all of these creatures spring. Again, creating a group of evil overlords that may be worse that nightmare feeding, child killers is tough. Just think about that. There are these black as midnight, Xenomorph-looking killers that only children can see and that only harm children but out there, in the world, there are some baddies worse than them. What kind of villains must they be? I like them because they raise Erica up even higher. She has clearly been the best of the best, but being a good person is not the same as being a good fighter and a hero. She is clearly all of those things.
I see nothing wrong with Something is Killing the Children #13. I mean, it is too short and I have to wait a month so that sucks.
Something is Killing the Children #13 delivers on the promise of this series. It keep me guessing. It keeps my heart racing. I makes me want to jump through a wormhole into next month so I can see what happens next. Is this series coming to an end? It feels like it may be. I am not sure how to feel about that. For now, I will bask in the glow of the awesome.