Something is Killing the Children #21: BOOM! STUDIOS REVIEW

Apr 4, 2022

After a several month hiatus, James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera’s Boom! Studios smash hit is finally back in comic stores and I could not be happier about it.


Yes, this is the grand return of Something is Killing the Children. But, I feel like I have to clarify that if you’re looking for the most dramatic issue of the series yet or whatever, you’re not going to find it here. It’s not an explosive return by any means, but to me that is in no way a bad thing. The other day I finally read my deluxe hardcover of the first 15 issues, in preparation for this, and there’s something I’ve been picking up more and more on over the recent months. It’s how creative teams create atmosphere in their comics.

It’s the overall “feel” of the comic. Of the world, the characters, the ideas, the art style, how emotion is conveyed through the pages. This series has done an incredible job of that over it’s run and that’s brilliantly continued here. Without spoiling anything, this was very much a setup issue. But it takes a certain skill to take a setup issue, and make it this compelling. I think part of the charm is how the art style feels very rough and grounded, but the panelling is so expansive and cinematic. It has so much room to breathe.

Overall honestly there’s not too much to say about this issue. It’s a great reintroduction to the series and our monster killing protagonist, with an interesting new environment and situation where I can’t wait to see where it goes. If you haven’t been reading this series, this is a great jumping on point! This book is an epic ride that you won’t regret joining. Then while you wait for the next issue, go back and catch up on the series so far because it’s just that good!

Very excited to see where this latest tale of Erica goes in the months to come. Whatever happens, it’s sure to be a great read.

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