Graphic Novel Review: Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 3

Howdy Halloween Lovers!

I hope you’re getting some time to enjoy the fresh autumn air and enjoying some chilling reads too. It doesn’t quite feel like fall yet here in Kansas City, but hopefully that’ll change in the next week or two. Go away, summer! It’s time for scarves, sweatshirts, and jackets!

Anywho, today I’m stopping by with another spooktacular read.

This time I read Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 3 by James Tynion IV.

After reading the first (my review here) and second (my review here) volume, I am still super hooked on this series! There was also less of a wait on the library this time, so I’m very grateful. πŸ™‚

Though I am bummed that I’m all caught up on the volumes available, I have even more news this time!

There’s going to be a spinoff comic book series coming! It’s going to be called House of Slaughter (how perfect is that? It sounds deliciously evil!), and it’s going to be centered on Erica Slaughter and the past of the secret order she belongs to. Here is the article I found that told me more about it, but paired with the fact that this is going to be a Netflix series (here’s the article on that if you didn’t see it in my last review) I’m just so happy I stumbled upon this series.

Alright, enough chit chat. Let’s get into the review and see if this lived up to the first two great volumes!

 

Blurb

NOT ALL MONSTERS HIDE IN THE DARK.

Archer’s Peak is in lockdown, as Erica Slaughter has lost control of the situation and news of the killings has spread outside the town. But as the House of Slaughter arrives to clean up the situation by any means necessary, Erica will find that the true threat to those around her isn’t who – or what – she ever expected. And the cost of saving the day may be too high for anyone to pay…

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The Review

I loved this graphic novel!

Continuing from the last volume with the monster spawn still on the loose, Erica has some cleaning up to do. Can she make this all right before the House of Slaughter unleashes its fury?

I’ve been hooked since the first volume, and this was a great conclusion to the story arc eager readers have been following. Most of the loose ends were tied up, and it gave everything a sense of finality that was pleasing. So many stories fail to do that, and I think there’s plenty of potential for this universe to be expanded upon.

The characters as always were great. Given this was a conclusion, there wasn’t too much growth going on with them, but that’s expected at this stage of the game. Erica shows her true colors, and I love the way she sees the world and how she clashes with the House of Slaughter and their cold view of the world.

The plot was a lot of action-packed fun as always. Plenty of gory fight scenes and tense moments all around, and of course the artwork was stunning.

This series continues in a new direction in January 2022, and I can’t wait to see where that leads us eager fans. I’ll be counting down the days!

If you haven’t picked up this series yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. You won’t regret it.

 

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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9 Comments »

  1. I really need to get my hands on these!
    I don’t know how you’re managing to keep up with everything and still finding time to make such great reviews but.. damn.
    I hope you’re doing well!

    • Yeah, this series is tops, really. I put physical copies on my wish list because I’ve gotta have em on my bookshelves.

      I blaze through graphic novels much faster than traditional books, so that’s why I’ve been able to review so quickly in what little spare time I have. Takes me 2 hours or less for each one.

      Yep, staying the course so far! Hope you’ve been doing well too. πŸ™‚

      • I don’t blame you, the series looks like it will be one I’ll probably need physical copies of, myself. The art alone is interesting enough.
        And do you read manga? They’re pretty great when you need a quick fix too..

        Good for you, I’m glad to hear it! Finding a comfortable rhythm can be so difficult.

        Lots of change on this end and I adapt about as well as a fish out of water so.. It’s going, thanks! πŸ˜†πŸ˜…

        Hope you and your kitty are having a beautiful weekend, stay well!

      • Totally! The artwork is so great. I especially love the additional covers at the back of each book.

        I used to read Manga in high school but never quite picked it up again. May need to rethink that lol

        Yeah, it’s a ton of hard work with grad school but I’m doing well outside of the stress of things.

        Sorry you’re going through changes too. As a Taurus, change is something I loathe. I hope things end up in your favor πŸ™‚ you deserve nothing but success!

        Mainly I stayed home but i did get some time with family so it was a nice break from school.

      • Ooh, I didn’t know about the second cover on the back, that’s so cool. πŸ˜†

        Middle school for me and I’ll put them away for a few years before getting totally addicted again. It had the added benefit of giving the manga enough time to accumulate more chapters.
        If you like the darker ones, I can recommend a few, just let me know!

        I can’t imagine.. I love learning but there’s so much monotony in a lot of it that it can quickly become more like a chore. Just hang in there and it’ll be so worth it!

        Oh shit.. you’re a Taurus? No wonder you don’t do change! I’m a Gemini.. I don’t know which of us got it worse. πŸ˜‚

        And that’s great! I’m glad you got that downtime! Be sure to get lots of rest and find your center when it starts feeling like too much!
        Also.. just have a lovely week. πŸ˜‰

      • Oh, it’s actually like 10-12 additional covers in the back of each volume. I love looking at them. All the styles are so varied and unique.

        Close enough, haha. πŸ™‚ Right, you had a system that worked! Yeah, I’ll keep you posted. For now I’m still drowning in reads. Glub glub glub!

        Yeah, it can be a hassle sometimes. I just got through a horrendous 50 page chapter and realized at the end that it was published in 1995, so a lot of the information was dated and I should’ve just skimmed the entire thing instead of taking my time. Sometimes these crappy things happen, but I’m moving forward!

        Haha I’m actually Taurus cusp Gemini and I definitely have traits of a gemini. Maybe that’s why we get along so well!

        Yeah, it was really nice to not stress things an extra day. For sure! My only goal this week is to finish up my readings, so things are a bit lighter than usual.

        Hope you have a great week too!

      • You’re kidding! I’ve never seen that done before.. It’s pretty brilliant if you ask me. So many of us love the art.

        And of course I had a system.. It’s how I survive, my friend. πŸ˜…
        And just remember that even if you’re barely keeping up, you are still keeping up!

        Yikes.. I can’t stand it when I’ve finished reading something that has literally killed part of my brain off. That’s all you can do, though, just keep moving forward and push through it. You’ve got this!

        Now I have to ask, feel free to ignore me but.. When is your birthday? It sounds like ours might be right on top of eachother. πŸ˜†

        I’ll be hoping your week goes well and stays relaxed, then!

        And Thank you.. So do I. 😳

      • Nope, not at all! Yeah, the art really is amazing. Definitely worth getting the physical copy for.

        Totally. Aw, thanks! This week has been hellish with work and grad school, but I’m still surviving.

        No worries. Mine’s around mid May.

        It didn’t end up very relaxed, but things are beginning to taper off, so I’ll take it haha! As a positive, fall is finally coming to KC and I’m loving the cooler weather.

      • I’ll have to add them to my Christmas wish list.. it will be that time before too long.

        You’re welcome.. hopefully you’ll get to enjoy a nice, quiet weekend. Maybe next week will treat you more kindly.

        So you’re a Gemini by days.. that’s crazy.

        Sending lots of good vibes your way for a beautiful weekend and lots of rest!
        Fall weather sounds amazing.. Enjoy it for both of us? It’s still hot here.

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