Something is Killing the Children #1
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Werther Dell’edera
Colors by Miquel Muerto
Letters by Andworld Design
The Rundown: A series of murders in a small town will bring together the lone survivor and an unorthodox hunter.
James is having a game of truth or dare with his friends at a sleepover when his friend Noah asks him about his latest dream. Not wanting to disappoint, James tells them the story of what he saw in the woods near his house and the next challenge becomes a dare. A dare that ends in tragedy with James sitting in an interrogation room covered in blood.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, James finds that returning to school is difficult with the stigma of being the lone survivor and the suspicion that follows. In another part of the country, a young lady emerges from another set of woods covered in blood. When she receives a phone call about a potential monster, she decides to head to the small town to investigate and ultimately, destroy it. But she’s going to need some help.
The Story: James Tynion IV dives right into the action with this first issue and that is a welcome change. Starting the story where he did allows the reader to imagine many of the events and gives the story a grounded tone. I really love this first issue for its frank dialogue and pacing. There are a lot of great character moments throughout this issue and all of the characters being introduced have some interesting weight to them in context of the story. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next.
The Art: Werther Dell’edera’s style is perfect for this type of story and the art is a perfect match for the tone. The characters look fantastic and Dell’edera really knows how to create and utilize atmosphere.