Horror (Teen)

Review: Something is Killing the Children #1 by James Tynion IV

The first issue of a graphic novel featuring monsters and gore!

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I don’t read many graphic novels but when I do, I try to choose the one with the most gore and horror!


Summary (Goodreads): When the children of Archer’s Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible stories of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to see 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.

My Review: Cool concept, not enough gore

For a novel about monster hunting, I was expecting a lot more bloodshed. However, this is just the first issue and it sets the story up well for the future.

The Pros: What worked for me

  • I liked that the story was fast-paced but left a lot of mysteries for the reader to want to discover. There are so many avenues for this story and I am quite curious as to what the next issue will bring.
  • The art is decent – not too polished or beautiful but it works for this type of story.

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • I wish the author and illustrator had spent more time on the fight scene because that was what I was looking forward to the most.

My review is short because the issue was a quick read. I liked what the story had to offer, and it gives major Stranger Things vibes – so I’m definitely going to be checking out the next issue. If you’re looking for an interesting and supernatural-themed graphic novel, give this one a shot! Solid 3/5 stars from me.