Graphic Novel Review: Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1

Hello Readers!

How is your week going?

I can’t really complain myself. Classes start up today, so I made a last-minute dash to get some reading done before my schedule is filled with reading and assignments for grad school.

Picking something I thought I would blaze through, I read Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1 by BOOM! Studios.

I’ve had this on my library’s ‘for later’ shelf for quite some time, so I thought I would give this a go. I don’t read too many graphic novels, so sticking to something more horror-based seemed a good idea.

So, how did this read go? Keep on reading, peeps!



When children begin to go missing in the town of Archer’s Peak, all hope seems lost until a mysterious woman arrives to reveal that terrifying creatures are behind the chaos – and that she alone will destroy them, no matter the cost.


When the children of Archer’s Peak—a sleepy town in the heart of America—begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible details 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 be the only one who sees 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.



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The Review


I absolutely loved this graphic novel and am so glad I gave this a chance.

In a nutshell, children are going missing at an alarming rate around Archer’s Peak, Wisconsin. James is a survivor of a terrible attack that killed his friends, but when his path coincides with a mysterious woman Erica Slaughter, he joins her on her quest to destroy whatever evil monster is killing the children.

Everything about this book worked for me, hands down.

The characters were wonderful for a start. James’s POV was heartbreaking. His friends were all murdered, and he’s going through such a tidal wave of emotions. I really liked his progression, even though he has a ways to go. Underneath it all, he’s got courage, and his more heroic traits do shine through when we get to see them.

Erica is such a kick-butt character and easily my favorite. She’s mysterious, no-nonsense, and works for this strange company/organization that seems to know much more about these monsters than anyone else does. I’m dying to know more, as well as getting to know her own personal story through this journey.

The plot was riveting throughout. Each scene kept my attention, and there was so much mystery shrouding what was going on that I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Also, I loved all the great gory scenes. It was violent, fantastic, and didn’t hold back. Definitely not a read for younger audiences, especially squeamish ones.

If you love horror, give this a chance. You won’t be sorry!



That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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    • I hear ya there. In the past I haven’t read many graphic novels but with grad school they’re a perfect choice due to how little time I have now.

      I hope you get a chance to try this one out soon! I have a feeling you’d love it!

      • Right? I can’t wait! Any ideas on a costume? Wasn’t sure if you dress up or not. I’m thinking I’ll do a low cost one this year, maybe a vigilante with a black hood kinda thing to it.

      • Oh, I would love to see that! More Arrow or Zorro? Vigilantes are super ‘in’ this year.
        I’m a total dork.. I was thinking I might do Morticia Addams or cosplay an anime character. 😆

      • Hmm, definitely more Arrow, with some eyeliner for sure haha.

        Oh that sounds fabulous! Morticia is so classy and eerie! What anime would you consider?

      • Omgosh, that’s brilliant, you would rock that!

        I agree! Plus, her and Gomez are adorable together. And I was kind of leaning towards Misa from DeathNote.. love her style. 😆

      • Thanks! I’ve already been scouring Amazon for some ideas and have some possibilities. I’m definitely going light on my budget, so the effect won’t be as vibrant, but it’s a way for me to still participate in Halloween without reusing my Harley Quinn genderbend outfit or Link costume.

        Yeah, they’re such a macabre force to be reckoned with! Ooo Misa would be cool too!

      • Hey, I can completely understand, and you can come up with some pretty unique costumes when you’re forced to be creative. If I participate it will just be something thrown together so.. you’re not alone in not wanting to break the bank.
        (Link rocks, btw, but so does Harley!)

        Hey, you have to admire their obvious passion for one another, especially after being together for so long. And Misa would be great but I’m still waffling..

        Good luck with yours! I’d love to know what you come up with!

      • For sure! One Halloween I was a demon and bought minimal stuff and it ended up being one of my favorite makeups ever. I’m hoping to spend maybe $50 at most. Anything more than that is overkill since I don’t have a ton of events I’ll be going to.

        Yeah, and if you could get someone to do it with you it would be awesome! No worries, you still have a little bit of time to figure it all out.

        I’ll keep you posted!

      • Oh, I bet that was a fun one! The great thing about Halloween costumes is that they really don’t Have to cost a lot.. a lot can be found or made with your own things. What events would you normally go to?

        That would be great! But we might just stay in, binge on Halloween horror movies, and eat our weight in sugar. 😋

        Awesome! I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

      • Yeah, it was a ton of fun, and I even had some red colored contacts for extra scary effect. So true. I would normally go to some kind of bar or place with a crowd, but 1. I stopped drinking about a month ago and don’t wanna tempt myself and 2. My friend Jon overly plans out every Halloween so I can just piggyback on whatever he’s doing.

        I believe he has a haunted wine tasting night (really more of a hangout at his place) and he’s going to the Belvoir (a local haunt in Liberty I’ve been to a lot that I love), so at least those two things. I’m also taking time off so I plan on visiting some more local haunts.

        Hey, that’s totally fine too. I completely get it. I won’t be attending anything with large crowds due to COVID. I also quit candy recently, but a good sugar high is needed every now and again, and halloween’s the perfect time!

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