Something Is Killing the Children #15 probably wouldn’t entice you to go looking for back issues, it’s a part of a whole that only invested readers should read.
This review of Something Is Killing the Children #15 contains some minor spoilers.
Indie horror books don’t get too much better than Something Is Killing The Children. Written by James Tynion IV with art by Werther Dell’edera, the series was a bit of a sleeper that caught the comic fans off guard but now has them running to eBay to try and grab the early low printed issues that are rising in price as we speak.
There is news that the book has been optioned for a series, and it’s easy to see why. The premise is strong: a protagonist that works for a secret order has gone rogue, and while she slays the monsters, she too is being hunted for breaking the codes.
Tynion has written some great characters here, and Erica Slaughter, our monster killer, is a great lead, and without wearing a flashy and elaborate costume, she will be cosplayed the hell out of when Cons return.
This issue is somewhat of an exercise in tidying up.
Erica is wounded and tired and sends the word out to the white masks that the last of the brood are dead. The rest of the mess left behind is being discreetly brushed under the carpet, and we flash forward a week and a newscast that informs the public of the capture of the killer in Archer’s Peak.
Erica makes it clear in this issue that she will not be returning to The House of Slaughter, renouncing their ways and leaving the town for pastures new. It feels like an ending; you can see this scene play out in the Season 1 finale on Netflix, and I get the feeling that had this book not done as well, then this may have been the final issue, but I’m pretty sure that the comic is only having a short break before returning.
From what I can gather, the next issue will begin an in-depth look at The House of Slaughter and Erica’s backstory, something that fans have probably been hoping for story-wise.
This is a slow and low-key issue, and really this is only of use to regular readers of the series. Thankfully the first issues have been collected in trade, so if you were late to the party, you can catch up without paying the high back issue prices that those first issues are looking for.
It has to be said though, that if you were to pick this issue up, it probably wouldn’t entice you to go looking for back issues, it’s a part of a whole that only invested readers should read.
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