Something Is Killing The Children #18 (REVIEW)

Jul 28, 2021

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Something Is Killing The Children #18 Main Cover

Something Is Killing The Children #18
BOOM! Studios

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Werther Dell’Edera
Colors by: Miquel Muerto
Letters by: Andworld Design

Once again, the tandem of James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera continues to be one of the best 1-2 punches in the comics world. Tynion, as always, delivers great storytelling while Dell’Edera continues to put forth visually stunning storytelling of his own. Something Is Killing The Children #18 is a prime example of two creators working in perfect harmony to deliver yet another fantastic issue. 

Something Is Killing The Children #18, much like the last several issues, was methodically paced. However, that is not to say that it was slow, or boring. Tynion was minimalistic with his use of dialog, which made the words — when spoken — more impactful. Additionally, Dell’Edera illustrated with a certain levity that helped create an eerie calm before the storm. Together, this helped establish something extremely treacherous is around the corner. 

While Dell’Edera’s art is always a key part of the storytelling, it was front and center in Something Is Killing The Children #18. With the scaled back dialog, Dell’Edera’s illustrations had to drive the story forward — which it did masterfully. In particular, it was Dell’Edera’s juxtaposition of light and dark that stood out the most. The moments of light heartedness were bright and vivid, contrasting perfectly against moments that were dark and menacing. 

Something Is Killing The Children #18 is a prime example of two creators working in perfect harmony to deliver yet another fantastic issue.

The ending of Something Is Killing The Children #18 delivered one the most impactful moments of young Erica’s journey into the realm of monster hunting. It was fierce, emotional, and quite frankly the strongest issue yet of the current arc. While we do know Erica ultimately passes her initiation, the journey of how she gets there continues to be gripping and fascinating. 

Score: 9.0

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