Graphic Novel Review: Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 4
Happy Friday Blogiverse!
I hope you had a nice productive week. After my brutal start to the week, I’m beyond ready for the weekend!
One of the small things that really helped along the way was that I received a preorder in the mail, Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 4 by BOOM Studios.
Once I was done with This Thing Between Us, I thrust aside all other TBR items and dug right in. I’ve been looking forward to this release for quite a while, and I really love this series, so I had high hopes.
Did this prequel volume tick all the boxes? Keep on scrolling!
Series Review Links
Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1
Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 2
Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 3
The origin of Erica Slaughter, monster hunter, is revealed in this volume of the Eisner Award-nominated horror series.
Erica Slaughter went to hell and back in Archer’s Peak, but that may be nothing compared to the events that forged her at the House of Slaughter. What events brought Erica to the House of Slaughter? And what did she have to do to join the Order of St. George? Erica Slaughter’s origins are finally revealed in this volume of the Eisner Award-nominated series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV (The Woods, Batman) and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Razorblades).
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Volume four of Something is Killing the Children is an interlude of sorts. Rather than move forward with the main storyline after Erica’s bloody victory, we take things back a step and explore her tragic history and how she became a part of the Order of St. George.
I had a lot of fun with this one, but it didn’t quite take me to that next level that makes me fanboy out.
That being said, I appreciated the fleshing out of Erica’s history. The inciting incident was bloody and entertaining, and her journey shows just how special of a person she is. I also really loved the explanations we got with the Order and how things work. That’s been on my mind since the start, and it was great to clear some things up.
There’s a lot of potential with this part of the timeline, and though I’ve heard that going forward the comics will focus on the present, I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more great flashbacks. There’s so much more to tell.
If I had to whine about anything, I’d say that in spots the artwork got so gritty that it was hard to tell what was happening. I just didn’t like squinting and holding the book up to my face.
So ultimately, this volume didn’t knock it completely out of the ball park, but I’m still super happy with the experience and looking forward to the next one!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this graphic novel review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this graphic novel? Are there similar ones you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
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I can tell from your review that it was ALMOST a five-star read. Glad you enjoyed it!
Yeah, it was a close call. I was just missing those goretastic massacres lol!