This month for the Galactic Comics and Collectibles Book Club we read Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1 published by BOOM! Studios.
When the children of Archer’s Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. The few children that return alive have terrible stories-impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only adult who sees what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.
Eisner and GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (The Department of Truth, Nice House on the Lake) teams with artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) for a haunting series about staring into the abyss… and what happens when the abyss stares back. Volume 1 collects issues #1-5.
Our book club was captivated by Something is Killing the Children! Dell’Edera’s unique art and Tynion IV’s masterfully crafted writing had the group mesmerized, particularly at the wonderful ending of the first volume. Needless to say, most members couldn’t turn their eyes away from this horror masterpiece with many eagerly grabbing a copy of the second volume on their way out.
The creative team behind this comic book series certainly outdid themselves! Each chapter was introduced in a ‘cold-opening’ television style, complete with an eye catching two page spread logo. Laudable character development and intriguing plotlines meant there wasn’t much to fault – though a number of group members felt the two-page spread layouts may have been hard to understand for readers.
Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1 is available wherever books are sold.
Join Us In The Book Club
Galactic Comics and Collectibles hosts a book club each month to read and discuss one trade paperback. Each month a group of individuals reads the same book and meets to discuss. Follow along as we discuss these books here as well. Next month we will read Superman: Last Son Of Krypton from DC Comics.
In previous months the group has discussed I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1, Thanos by Donny Cates, Wytches, and Batman: The Long Halloween.