Graphic Novel Review: Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 5
What’s up booksters?
I’m baaack! The grad school semester is over, and I survived! I’m so happy that it’s over and that I can breathe for a little while. I’m also grateful to be able to find time to exercise and even started doing writing related stuff too, so I have high hopes for progress.
Anywho, I finished another read! This time I read Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 5 by BOOM Studios.
I was a bit behind in purchasing the newest graphic novel, but I’m glad I did, because the next one doesn’t come out until June 2023. Lordy!
So, how was this continuation of Erica Slaughter’s blood-soaked journey? Keep on scrolling to find out!
Erica Slaughter strikes out on her own in the bestselling, award-winning series!
After a year since we last saw her in Archer’s Peak, Erica Slaughter resurfaces to take on the case of a girl who’s seen a new kind of monster, one with terrifying implications. But Erica’s broken ties with the House of Slaughter and that can have deadly consequences. The Order of St. George does not forget nor do they forgive. Even as Erica goes on the hunt, she must keep an eye out for the mysterious figure on her trail in order to survive the coming storm. Erica Slaughter returns after the Archer’s Peak Saga in this volume of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV (The Woods, Batman), artist Werther Dell’Edera (Razorblades), colorist Miquel Muerto (Bleed Them Dry), and letterer AndWorld Design (Nightwing).
Collecting Something is Killing the Children #21-25.
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This wasn’t my favorite volume to date, but I still had a lot of fun.
Some time after the gruesome events of Archer’s Peak, Erica Slaughter is back on the move and finds a local girl whose family has been murdered. But this time the monster is different, so different that Erica has no idea how to kill it. Can she figure it out the situation before the Order of St. George tracks her down?
My favorite part of this volume was the expansion of this universe. We are getting some hints that these monster attacks aren’t isolated events, and they could even be more common than we’ve been led to believe. This kind of opened pandora’s box for me and got me wondering what this may ramp up to. We could have some full out war in the near future!
I also liked how they reinvented the monsters we’ve seen so far. There’s more than just the basic type, and although this variation didn’t feel as scary to me, its methods were a bit different and that made things interesting. I can’t wait to see more types of these monsters!
As a character, Erica’s situation is becoming more and more desperate. It feels like she’s losing ground against the Order of St. George, and I believe it’s only a matter of time before she has to face off against them. I hope that Erica finds some new allies soon!
There was also a new creepy assassin-like character that has me a bit worried. They were very mysterious and the glimpses we got of this individual were chilling.
The plot was the main shortcoming of this graphic novel. While we got a lot of great build up, things never quite reached a climax and I was missing the goretastic bloodbaths I’ve become accustomed to with this series. That being said, I feel that things left off right before some pivotal battles, so I have high expectations of the next volume.
If you’re a fan of this series, keep reading. It’s definitely worth 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!
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