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As the House of Slaughter arrives to clean up the situation by any means necessary, Erica will find that the true threat to those around her isn’t who - or what - she ever expected. And the cost of saving the day may be too high for anyone to pay... NOT ALL MONSTERS HIDE IN THE DARK. Archer’s Peak is in lockdown, as Erica Slaughter has lost control of the situation and news As the House of Slaughter arrives to clean up the situation by any means necessary, Erica will find that the true threat to those around her isn’t who - or what - she ever expected. And the cost of saving the day may be too high for anyone to pay... NOT ALL MONSTERS HIDE IN THE DARK. Archer’s Peak is in lockdown, as Erica Slaughter has lost control of the situation and news of the killings has spread outside the town. But as the House of Slaughter arrives to clean up the situation by any means necessary, Erica will find that the true threat to those around her isn’t who - or what - she ever expected. And the cost of saving the day may be too high for anyone to pay... GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Batman, The Woods) and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) present the next chapter of the Eisner Award-nominated and critically-acclaimed series that reveals the monsters hiding in plain sight. Collects Something is Killing The Children #11-15.


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As the House of Slaughter arrives to clean up the situation by any means necessary, Erica will find that the true threat to those around her isn’t who - or what - she ever expected. And the cost of saving the day may be too high for anyone to pay... NOT ALL MONSTERS HIDE IN THE DARK. Archer’s Peak is in lockdown, as Erica Slaughter has lost control of the situation and news As the House of Slaughter arrives to clean up the situation by any means necessary, Erica will find that the true threat to those around her isn’t who - or what - she ever expected. And the cost of saving the day may be too high for anyone to pay... NOT ALL MONSTERS HIDE IN THE DARK. Archer’s Peak is in lockdown, as Erica Slaughter has lost control of the situation and news of the killings has spread outside the town. But as the House of Slaughter arrives to clean up the situation by any means necessary, Erica will find that the true threat to those around her isn’t who - or what - she ever expected. And the cost of saving the day may be too high for anyone to pay... GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Batman, The Woods) and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) present the next chapter of the Eisner Award-nominated and critically-acclaimed series that reveals the monsters hiding in plain sight. Collects Something is Killing The Children #11-15.

30 review for Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Just when you think things can't get worse, The Order of St. George arrives in Arrow Peak. Now, Erica has to deal with a bunch of monsters running around town and these murderous yayhoos. We finally get some incite into this shadowy organization Erica is a reluctant part of. This third volume closes out the first arc. Just when you think things can't get worse, The Order of St. George arrives in Arrow Peak. Now, Erica has to deal with a bunch of monsters running around town and these murderous yayhoos. We finally get some incite into this shadowy organization Erica is a reluctant part of. This third volume closes out the first arc.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This was really epic! The final fight is here and as Erica and James and Bian run for their lives they meet John to give them shelter but the Order of St George has sent Cecilia and her white masks assassins to go after them and clean this mess up. Erica tries to use some magical mumbo jumbo to sweep it all away and then finally she engages the monsters and big stuff goes down with Tommy and the rest of the crew, it gets dark and suspenseful and finally the choice both Erica and Tommy makes chang This was really epic! The final fight is here and as Erica and James and Bian run for their lives they meet John to give them shelter but the Order of St George has sent Cecilia and her white masks assassins to go after them and clean this mess up. Erica tries to use some magical mumbo jumbo to sweep it all away and then finally she engages the monsters and big stuff goes down with Tommy and the rest of the crew, it gets dark and suspenseful and finally the choice both Erica and Tommy makes changes the book going forward. I loved the story and the tough choices the characters make and finally its good to see some more mystery about this weird organization that Erica belongs to and particularly her final fights with these monsters and the twisted psychology. The arc with Tommy was something and could have been better tbh but then again the choice he made saved lives. Characters get closures and new missions in their life. I liked that aspect of learning from experiences and everything. The art is still the best part of this book and the eerie feeling you get reading is a great bonus. Up next, new arc starts!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    This is more like it. I felt that volume 2 didn't advance the story very much - this is not the case in this volume, I'm pleased to say. Halfway the run of issues I actually got invested into the story again. And Tynion stuck the landing, we have a good ending to this arc. This is more like it. I felt that volume 2 didn't advance the story very much - this is not the case in this volume, I'm pleased to say. Halfway the run of issues I actually got invested into the story again. And Tynion stuck the landing, we have a good ending to this arc.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    Actual rating is 4.5 stars. This is the third collection in a series and the others must be read first. We continue from that incredible and shocking ending from the second collection and we see the fallout from it. Once again I am going to rave about one more collection in this series. I have not been let down yet and this series has quickly vaulted up to one of my favorites. Being a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and this being a darker take on that concept it really isn't a big surprise. Actual rating is 4.5 stars. This is the third collection in a series and the others must be read first. We continue from that incredible and shocking ending from the second collection and we see the fallout from it. Once again I am going to rave about one more collection in this series. I have not been let down yet and this series has quickly vaulted up to one of my favorites. Being a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and this being a darker take on that concept it really isn't a big surprise. The surprise is that a graphic novel has such an effect on me. The tension is palpable during each collection and the final scene in this collection was so touching. I didn't think graphic novels worked this way. In this one we learn more of the organization that is behind Erica and we also learn where monsters come from. There is nothing really new here but it works so well within the story. Also, once again, I am going to say that I love the artwork. It fits in with the atmosphere of this comic so well. The only problem I had with this collection was the ending did feel a little rushed. I think I was hoping for something a little more epic. Tommy's solution to everything was a surprise that came out of left field that left me feeling for that character. This collection actually concludes the story arc and I loved every second of it. It all works. The characters, the story, and the artwork is just one huge cohesive unit that I enjoy so much. With all kinds of comic adaptations appearing on the big or little screen I want this story to be adapted so much. For me it is in my top five for graphic novel stories and I hope this story continues.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster . . . " is the theme of the book as the first story arc comes to a bloody conclusion. We get resolution to the immediate adventure and expansion on the larger mythology of this dark take on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her Watchers. I'm eager for the next arc, though I am hoping the artist retires the annoyingly random two-page spreads that keep tripping me up on reading order. If I have to think about what panel comes nex “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster . . . " is the theme of the book as the first story arc comes to a bloody conclusion. We get resolution to the immediate adventure and expansion on the larger mythology of this dark take on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her Watchers. I'm eager for the next arc, though I am hoping the artist retires the annoyingly random two-page spreads that keep tripping me up on reading order. If I have to think about what panel comes next, I'm being thrown out of the story. And a story this good shouldn't be held back by something so small, silly and useless.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Erica Slaughter thought that the beast of Archer's Peak was gone. But before it died, it managed to give birth, and now its horrific offspring are ready to feed. With the town turning against her and her allies from the House Of Slaughter on a rampage, time is running out for a happy ending. So maybe an unhappy one will have to do. There's a lot more to this book than I ever gave it credit for. I mean, there's layers. Lots of moving parts, and no way to guess how the arc's going to end. There's s Erica Slaughter thought that the beast of Archer's Peak was gone. But before it died, it managed to give birth, and now its horrific offspring are ready to feed. With the town turning against her and her allies from the House Of Slaughter on a rampage, time is running out for a happy ending. So maybe an unhappy one will have to do. There's a lot more to this book than I ever gave it credit for. I mean, there's layers. Lots of moving parts, and no way to guess how the arc's going to end. There's something about the fact that literally everything is working against Erica, not just the monsters, that makes you think as well - I know it's the whole 'the humans are the real monster' type deal, but it feels like more than that. There are ways to resolve this plot that wouldn't end with everyone dead, but it feels like that's where it's all going to go. Then again, like I said, I had no idea how this volume would end so what do I know? I have to give it to Wether Dell'Edera as well on art. His widescreen approach to the issues makes everything feel at once claustrophobic because of the amount of panels on the page, and epic because of how sweeping it can be as a result. His art's fairly simple in tone, but sometimes the scariest things are the simplest. The whole 'unlike any other book on the stands' thing is thrown around a lot, but I really think this one deserves the accolade. I don't associate Boom! with horror books, but if they do any more in this vein, I'll be there on day one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    Compelling art, killer layouts (the action scenes in this volume are the best of the series by a long shot), interesting worldbuilding, and some flickers of sincerity make this a fast and easy read. But it's hard to escape the feeling that the series teeters on being something much more than it is. I've started to think of this series the same way I think about a B-level monster movie, as in there's a lot of good genre-stuff to enjoy, but none of it really sticks. For all of the heavy emotions Ty Compelling art, killer layouts (the action scenes in this volume are the best of the series by a long shot), interesting worldbuilding, and some flickers of sincerity make this a fast and easy read. But it's hard to escape the feeling that the series teeters on being something much more than it is. I've started to think of this series the same way I think about a B-level monster movie, as in there's a lot of good genre-stuff to enjoy, but none of it really sticks. For all of the heavy emotions Tynion plays with, the cast of characters never quite comes into focus, which takes the edge out of the (otherwise formidable) stakes. I want to be invested in these characters, but I'm just...not. I'm invested in the plot, for sure, and continue to be excited by the twisted world of invisible, nightmarish creatures and the shady cults of monster hunters who fight them. But at the end of the day, the lack of tangible stakes leaves it feeling a bit forgettable. The series obviously wants its characters to be the crux of the story, which is why it's disappointing that they're unable to live up to that desire. Werther Dell’Edera's art is the best it's been, though, and any qualms I had about it previously have mostly evaporated. This is the best-looking volume, and I love how Muerto's colors work alongside Dell’Edera's moody, heavy artwork to make the darkness of the series (literal and otherwise) feel like it has weight. There may not be a great deal of imagination in the layouts, at least compared to other prominent horror titles, but they're incredibly effective at conveying the motion of combat and the pressures of survival. The first three volumes of Something is Killing the Children would all get scores in the mid-to-high 3-star range, but since Goodreads doesn't let me do that, I'm going to continue to round up. I may not be as excited by this series as I want to be, but it's a consistently exciting and unsettling title that I'm happy to keep reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shadowdenizen

    01-04-21: Currently reading as single issues. (Issues 13 released as of this writing.) 02-24-21: Final issue of arc released. Thus ends the third arc of this story, and just WOW. This title continues to impress, and Tynion continues to cement his status as a comics superstar. Will post more detailed thoughs/ review once I've digested fully. 01-04-21: Currently reading as single issues. (Issues 13 released as of this writing.) 02-24-21: Final issue of arc released. Thus ends the third arc of this story, and just WOW. This title continues to impress, and Tynion continues to cement his status as a comics superstar. Will post more detailed thoughs/ review once I've digested fully.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I own this book. Okay, this is maybe my favourite in the series so far. This volume encompasses #11 to #15 and follows off from the House of Slaughter coming to Archer's Peak to clean up the "mess". With most of the town trapped in the school gym and a brood of monsters still on the loose, Erica needs to get control over the situation before the entire town is taken care of in other ways. This is the first volume where I think we genuinely get to see Erica's heart a bit more and the purpose be I own this book. Okay, this is maybe my favourite in the series so far. This volume encompasses #11 to #15 and follows off from the House of Slaughter coming to Archer's Peak to clean up the "mess". With most of the town trapped in the school gym and a brood of monsters still on the loose, Erica needs to get control over the situation before the entire town is taken care of in other ways. This is the first volume where I think we genuinely get to see Erica's heart a bit more and the purpose behind her helping out, and a touch more about the elusive House of Slaughter. This Order is due to be explored in the next arc in the story and I personally cannot wait to see more of Erica's personal background.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Read as single issues. I would definitely love to read more of this. Give me history and back story, about the hunters, about the order, about the monsters. Very enjoyable.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Ye

    4.25 stars. A bittersweet (kinda?) ending. Would love to see more of Erica's adventures but it's okay to just end it here. 4.25 stars. A bittersweet (kinda?) ending. Would love to see more of Erica's adventures but it's okay to just end it here.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    Vol3 surprised me by actually tying up most of the mythos teased-at in the first two volumes with a satisfying and well-paced finale. Part of what left me feeling less interested after Vol2 was having supposedly finished 2 story arcs with 0 real endings but plenty of vague hints teased at. It’s clear now those are really acts 1 and 2 of a larger arc, and I imagine it will read better in a longer format that includes all 15 issues at once. Of course, there’s still interesting story threads I’d enj Vol3 surprised me by actually tying up most of the mythos teased-at in the first two volumes with a satisfying and well-paced finale. Part of what left me feeling less interested after Vol2 was having supposedly finished 2 story arcs with 0 real endings but plenty of vague hints teased at. It’s clear now those are really acts 1 and 2 of a larger arc, and I imagine it will read better in a longer format that includes all 15 issues at once. Of course, there’s still interesting story threads I’d enjoy further exploring, now that I’ve seen proof that the series can pay them off. Erica and James and the Order are more abstractly intriguing than emotionally compelling at the moment, but these issues at least twisted the dial closer to me actually caring about Erica and James. The horrific action continues to be over pretty quick when it finally goes down, which can sometimes feel anticlimactic, but it always looks really great in Dell’Edera’s distinctive style.

  13. 5 out of 5

    brianna

    the shades of red they use in the art is absolutely insane to me i want to eat it ❤️

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    I’m not really sure how to rate these. I enjoy them and like the premise but I don’t love the illustration style and a lot of the dialogue doesn’t feel very natural. They don’t blow me away or anything.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    I wasn't really surprised by anything in this installment, but this series continues to be an interesting, if gory, ride. I wasn't really surprised by anything in this installment, but this series continues to be an interesting, if gory, ride.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    With more bad layouts, sparse dialogue, and an all too predictable plot, this one wasn’t my favorite. I’ll probably still read the next one, but my interest is certainly waning. To quote the catchphrase from the book, “yeah, okay.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    My expectations were a bit low going into this. I have mixed feelings about Boom as a publisher, but they have done some long form series that I have really enjoyed (and some short form that were very much meh). This reviews is covering digital floppies 1-15. The high concept is Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a moderately depressed teen traveling into a small Midwestern town to hunt and kill monsters. This series is more than that. None of the upbeat, snarky Buffy dialogue. This is a teen trained by My expectations were a bit low going into this. I have mixed feelings about Boom as a publisher, but they have done some long form series that I have really enjoyed (and some short form that were very much meh). This reviews is covering digital floppies 1-15. The high concept is Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a moderately depressed teen traveling into a small Midwestern town to hunt and kill monsters. This series is more than that. None of the upbeat, snarky Buffy dialogue. This is a teen trained by a secret society to hunt and kill monsters and not to leave any evidence behind. Even if that means killing people who may not have been involved in summoning or aiding the monster. See where Erica, our erstwhile monster slayer has some problems? I mean come on unless people were oblivious in Sunnydale they knew what was going on. Erica is not to leave any evidence behind, and the dead bodies were beginning to pile up even before she got to town. Erica's conflicts are internal and external which is what raises this series above a cliche.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    So we find what really is going on, most questions are answered, and everything gets solved.  It wasn't easy and it gets really bad there for a moment.  I think we get what we wanted, but at the same time I want more.  We found out what was killing the children, the threat was stopped, Erica was able to do what she needed to do, not the way she wanted, not without blood spilled, but it's mostly a win, the question is, what's next? I really, really hope we get to see more of this amazing world and So we find what really is going on, most questions are answered, and everything gets solved.  It wasn't easy and it gets really bad there for a moment.  I think we get what we wanted, but at the same time I want more.  We found out what was killing the children, the threat was stopped, Erica was able to do what she needed to do, not the way she wanted, not without blood spilled, but it's mostly a win, the question is, what's next? I really, really hope we get to see more of this amazing world and explore more of what is going on, because the setting is amazing, the art is cool, and I'm not really ready to leave this world just yet.  

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nazifa

    Reading the single issues as they release. As of Jan 7, 2o21, Issues 11-13 read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    BookCupid

    At last, we have an explanation as to why something is killing the children. Having said that, I felt like the ending (it sure sounded like the ending of the series) was rushed. New incredibly interesting characters were introduced, a horrible bargain made, and secret ways to communicate with the monsters were revealed and yet.... the ending. Tell me it isn't so. At last, we have an explanation as to why something is killing the children. Having said that, I felt like the ending (it sure sounded like the ending of the series) was rushed. New incredibly interesting characters were introduced, a horrible bargain made, and secret ways to communicate with the monsters were revealed and yet.... the ending. Tell me it isn't so.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Will Brown

    While the monster infestation ties up a little too easily for my tastes, the survivors are given a tragic ending and we're given some inventive and satisfying answers about how these monsters come into existence and why The Order of St. George tries to keep their existence under wraps. We also get some answers as to what the little dolls/familiars are that the various members of The Order carry around and its wonderfully creative.It feels like Tynion took a lot of the base concepts he had during While the monster infestation ties up a little too easily for my tastes, the survivors are given a tragic ending and we're given some inventive and satisfying answers about how these monsters come into existence and why The Order of St. George tries to keep their existence under wraps. We also get some answers as to what the little dolls/familiars are that the various members of The Order carry around and its wonderfully creative.It feels like Tynion took a lot of the base concepts he had during his time on Justice League Dark and expanded on them here to create a terrifying realm of monsters. I am completely hooked on this series and look forward to the next volume!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pedro Gomes

    To me, Tynion is masterful in the way he writes his characters. Each word they speak, each action they take, everything laid out in a way that allows you to read and see what’s happening. This book was a great culmination to the turmoil Archer’s Peak has faced. You also learn more about the hierarchical structure and the world being built. And it feels like it’s going to be complex, but hopefully continue to bring some delightfully, terrifying monsters as it progresses. It’s nothing “new” in the To me, Tynion is masterful in the way he writes his characters. Each word they speak, each action they take, everything laid out in a way that allows you to read and see what’s happening. This book was a great culmination to the turmoil Archer’s Peak has faced. You also learn more about the hierarchical structure and the world being built. And it feels like it’s going to be complex, but hopefully continue to bring some delightfully, terrifying monsters as it progresses. It’s nothing “new” in the realm of writing and surprises, its just done in a way where you care for the characters. You really felt like a member of the town, you felt their sadness, you felt their fear and you finally felt the uncomfortable resolution.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Dennis

    A satisfying, if depressing conclusion of this arc. I'm looking forward to seeing how this story continues! A satisfying, if depressing conclusion of this arc. I'm looking forward to seeing how this story continues!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mariela

    Really love this series. Can't wait for the next volume which consists of Erika Slaughters background. Really love this series. Can't wait for the next volume which consists of Erika Slaughters background.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Parker J

    One of the greatest comics out there right now. Hot damn.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Bruso

    A mix of The Quiet Place and Stranger Things, I love this series and can't wait for volume four! A mix of The Quiet Place and Stranger Things, I love this series and can't wait for volume four!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dubzor

    I adore this series. Erica Slaughter is such a great character. I can't wait to see what comes next. I adore this series. Erica Slaughter is such a great character. I can't wait to see what comes next.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cody D. Campbell

    This seems to be the final installment in the first arc of this series and I can’t wait to see what comes next. There’s less character development than what we saw in the first two, but that’s to be expected of a third act. I love the art in these and the mystery of the slaughter house has me sufficiently hooked. It’s definitely not for everyone though. The horror in this story borders on cruel. Only read it if you have a stomach for dismemberment.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Something Is Killing the Children #11-15 (October 2020-February 2021). The town of Archer’s Peak, Wisconsin has gone on lockdown. Monsters have trapped much of the town in the local gym and the Order of St. George is moving in to cut the losses and keep the story of the monsters from hitting the press. Erica Slaughter finds that time is running out and stopping the monsters before the entire town is wiped out as collateral damage might not be possible. Written by James Tynion IV, Somethi Reprints Something Is Killing the Children #11-15 (October 2020-February 2021). The town of Archer’s Peak, Wisconsin has gone on lockdown. Monsters have trapped much of the town in the local gym and the Order of St. George is moving in to cut the losses and keep the story of the monsters from hitting the press. Erica Slaughter finds that time is running out and stopping the monsters before the entire town is wiped out as collateral damage might not be possible. Written by James Tynion IV, Something Is Killing the Children—Volume 3 is a Boom! Studios horror comic book collection. Following Something Is Killing the Children—Volume 2, the series features art by Werther Dell’edera. Something Is Killing the Children has been a fun discovery this year. Sometimes other publishers than the “Big Three” are questionable. They either publish erratically or they have so-so art. Over the years since the Image shake-up, this has become less and less of the case (in fact a lot of smaller press books keep their schedules better than the bigger companies). Something Is Killing the Children is a book that fans of horror and comics in any of the major publishers should check out. The series isn’t a series to jump into, and it has built slowly over the last three volumes. This collection essentially wraps up the first story arc with Erica and the problem in Archer’s Peak being solved. Tynion IV does a good job of ratcheting up the tension due to the multiple factors involved in the story, and there were a number of ways it could have gone…and I didn’t necessarily expect it to end the way it did (which is always a plus when you are a jaded comic book reader). The mystery of Erica and the House of Slaughter is fleshed out a bit more in the volume. You finally get some answers about the stuffed animals (I still don’t love that aspect of the story), but it does make sense in the context of what is going on. The future seems to be a question for Erica’s character at the end of this volume since she has allegedly severed ties with the House of Slaughter, but the Order of St. George is a larger group which promises to probably get involved in Erica’s actions. Something Is Killing the Children won’t be the longest book you read with a lot of the story told through art and solid layouts of action. I do sometimes “miss” when we are supposed to read cross page in this series which can sometimes be frustrating when you have to backtrack, but that sometimes also is reader error…but it does get easier as you continue through the book. I am really interested in where this series goes next and think it is highly possible that an even better storyline could be worked out for the next volume since much of the establishing backstory doesn’t need to be messed with. Horror comics feel like they are rise again as trends change, and Something Is Killing the Children might be at the forefront!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Aringdale

    Thank goodness this volume was less gruesome than the last one or I think that would have been it for me. That is not to say this one was without it's share of blood and death. Erica, James, and Bian have to lure the remaining monsters so Erica can kill them. Meanwhile the House of Slaughter has sent the White Masks as a cleanup crew and they are willing to do anything, including killing innocent civilians to make sure this story doesn't get out. I liked the way this arc wrapped up thought I fel Thank goodness this volume was less gruesome than the last one or I think that would have been it for me. That is not to say this one was without it's share of blood and death. Erica, James, and Bian have to lure the remaining monsters so Erica can kill them. Meanwhile the House of Slaughter has sent the White Masks as a cleanup crew and they are willing to do anything, including killing innocent civilians to make sure this story doesn't get out. I liked the way this arc wrapped up thought I felt sorry for the guy who got stuck with the wrap for all the murders. I am also interested to learn more about Erica's backstory and to see what she does now that she has left the House of Slaughter. It feels like the story world really opened up at the end so I am interested to explore the bigger picture in the upcoming volumes.

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