Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2023) Featured Review of Something is Killing the Children Vol. 4 by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera

Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 4 by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
Boom! Studios
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
ISBN: 9781684158041

Finally, the backstory of Erika’s entry into the House of Slaughter! Wondering where and how our fierce fighter was introduced to this world of monsters and chaos we go way back to where it all started. The first monster she saw, what happened that night she was taken by a Slaughter member, and what happened to her parents. However, before she can stake a claim to the black room of the Slaughter home, she needs to pass a test by facing her worst demons, and Erika has more nightmares than the average person.

Tynion and Dell’Edera bring the right amount of mystery and horror in the next installment of this series. The bullying, hierarchy, and structure of the House of Slaughter shows a toxic community that looks to toughen up the members in brutal fashion and the artwork helps create the mood between those who look to tear down and the hope we see in those who seem to have Erika’s best interest at heart as she deals with the trauma of her current situation.

Teens who love horror and fans of Joe Hill’s Basketful of Heads and Carmen Maria Machado’s The Low, Low Woods will enjoy the dark tones and mysterious storyline as well as the gore throughout the story.

—Mariela Siegert

Other Nominated Titles:

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  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man, vol. 5: The Clone Saga by Saladin Ahmed and Carmen Carnero (September 28, 2021)
  • Solo Leveling, vol. 3 by Chugong and DUBU (November 16, 2021)
  • Olympians: Dionysos, The New God by George O’Connor (March 8, 2022)
  • Heaven’s Design Team, vol. 6 by Hebi-zou, Tsuta Suzuki and Tarako (September 21, 2022)
  • The Croaking, vol. 1 by Megan Gray (January 11, 2022)

    The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination. 

Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.

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