Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV – GN eARC Book Review

Title: Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1
Author: James Tynion IV
Genre: Graphic Novel / Horror
Publication Date: 26 May 2020

When children begin to go missing in the town of Archer’s Peak, all hope seems lost until a mysterious woman arrives to reveal that terrifying creatures are behind the chaos – and that she alone will destroy them, no matter the cost.


When the children of Archer’s Peak—a sleepy town in the heart of America—begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible details 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 be the only one 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.

Something is Killing the Children, with its gruesome title and captivating cover, has all of the initial hallmarks of a gripping graphic novel read. From the cover’s depiction of monster-infested woods, unexplained events and a woman ready to fight back I was expecting this story to keep me on the edge of my seat and awake at night.

Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.

Instead, Something is Killing the Children moved at a slumber-inducing pace that seemed to detract from the story’s attempt to build an intense atmosphere. The images were sufficiently gruesome (in a light horror kind of way) and the gore was present early on in the story. As you’d expect from a GN of this genre. The images’ dark tones and vivid splash of red were eye-catching however they failed to truly gain my attention. Once I’d read a section of the story I wasn’t inclined to go back to stare at any particular spread (as I’d usually do, if in awe of the artwork).

While the story attempted to weave multiple facets of the mystery surrounding the monsters’ appearance in the town – the lost children, James’ near miss while his friends were murdered, the police investigation – this wasn’t very effective in keeping my interest. The characters were hard to connect to and with the exception of Erica Slaughter I wasn’t overly invested in their story.

The mystery around Erica and her appearance in the town was the most interesting part of the story and kept me reading until the end. That said, I wouldn’t say I’m interested enough to read Vol. 2. It was a decent horror read but not one I’d read again therefore I’m rating it 2.5 stars.

2.5 Stars

*Arc kindly provided to me by BOOM! Studios via Netgalley*

11 thoughts on “Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV – GN eARC Book Review

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this one Alex, even though it isn’t something either of us would continue to read. I saw that you posted your review for this a few days ago and plan to have a read of it now 😀 Sorry for the late reply, it’s been a crazy week!

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  1. Sad to see you didn’t really like it! Personally I did, but you’re right, it went way slower then that I had expected!


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    • I’m glad you enjoyed this one overall Evelyn 😀 I’ve just seen that you reviewed Clap When You Land by Acevedo (one of my fav authors and most anticipated books of the year) so I’m going to head over to your blog and check it out!

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    • Books that feature harsh themes involving children are almost always too dark for me. It was my first instinct when I saw this but the supernatural element had me intrigued enough to try it anyway. I think I should have trusted my gut. Thanks for commenting Lu 🙂

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  2. Such a bummer to hear that this one wasn’t a win. I initially didn’t even want to take a look at the synopsis when I saw the cover but saw it was a GN and immediately changed my mind. Sounds like a slow and anticlimactic read… Great review though!

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    • It was definitely not as action-packed as the cover made it seem (I mean… some gal with a knife in the woods definitely hints toward there being fight scenes). Despite there being an abundance of gore the story never took off in my opinion. Thanks for the comment Dini. I’ve missed your posts this week, so I’ll check some out now 😀


  3. That’s so disappointing! It does look like a really fantastic spooky read. Sorry it just didn’t deliver in areas. :/

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