Review: Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1

Something is Killing the Children, Vol 1

What starts as an innocent game of Truth or Dare quickly turns into a sinister story with missing children and butchered bodies . . .

In Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1, children and teenagers in the small town of Archer’s Peak start to go missing and no one knows why. Some people think they’re being attacked by wild animals, but there are no real answers. Local police are at a standstill, and the high school is full of memorials: photos, messages, and notes are left in memory of those who have gone missing.

Everyone suspects a boy named James knows something, as he was the sole survivor from a group of teens who went missing, but his story is too surreal to believe. That is, until a mysterious girl named Erica Slaughter shows up and says she’s going to fix the situation.

There are a lot of unknowns in Something is Killing the Children, but that’s what made me love it so much. There’s something evil lurking in the woods (why do I keep reading stories set in the woods?!), and no one knows what it is or what it wants. Even when we find out what’s going on, it quickly becomes clear that there’s something much larger at stake.

I really enjoyed Erica’s character (badass girl power), and really want to learn more about The House of Slaughter. The artwork and colouring was also unreal, and really showcased the atmosphere and tone of the story. There was just enough action and mystery to keep me guessing, and the perfect amount of gore for a horror comic. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.

Thank you to the publisher, BOOM! Studios, for an electronic copy of this book via NetGalley. Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1 came out on May 26, 2020, and can be purchased wherever books are sold.

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