After picking up 17 new books on Wednesday, I struggled with which book I wanted to select for my inaugural review...however, one cover kept catching my eye, daring me to read it first. Instead of getting caught up with this week's House of X or Absolute Carnage issues, this face drew me in first:
Something is Killing the Children (find it here...) is written by James Tynion IV with artist Werther Dell'Edera (and I believe the cover art is from Jenny Frison) pulling no punches. This book is haunting right from the start. If the cover didn't creep me out immediately, then opening the book to a darkened forest with the silhouette of the woman on the front still staring me in the face will probably haunt my dreams tonight.
This book basically asks the question, what happens if your ghost story turns out to be real? This is the very real problem facing the children of Archer's Peak. In the opening pages, what seems to be a sleepover ends pretty badly when a group of boys go out into the woods, and most of them are torn to pieces, yet one young man survives, the boy who shared a horror story with his friends. After being interrogated by the police and harassed by kids at school, we learn that an outsider is coming to help save the day.
I flew through this book and had to read it twice to let it sink in. What is killing all of the children, why Archer's Peak, and who is this monster-hunting outsider? I guess I'll be left in waiting until the second issue drops on October 16th.
This is a must pick-up, book regardless of if you like horror or not, I am anxiously waiting to see what happens next, and will probably read it again a dozen or so times until the next one!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...