If you’ve been keeping up with comics in recent years, you’ll have noticed a strong horror theme that has been spreading. For part of this we can certainly thank James Tynion IV who has been happily spreading evil, and monsters, and now we get to enjoy his latest effort, Something Is Killing The Children #1.
When I started reading’ Something Is Killing The Children’, on the surface it seems like a straight shot horror story; A town is terrorized by a mysterious monster that only one child has seen, and then a mysterious figure who goes from town killing whatever monsters shows up to try to save the day. But this was written by James Tynion IV, and we know for a fact that he tries to incorporate the queer community into all of his work, and he sometimes allegorically integrates queer themes with the monster character— specifically the sympathetic monsters. So it got me rereading into the possible metaphors built into some of the narrative choices that he has made and there is something there.
Just because it has the word ‘children in it doesnt mean it is in any shape or form for kids. Werther Dell’Edera’s art is as gory as it comes, and does an excellent job giving clarity to the events. As any comic book fan can attest, color is extremely important; not just for grabbing your attention, but for communicating mood and intent. So, it should come as no surprise that in Something Is Killing The Children #1 that the color palette used by Miquel Muerto will be extremely important and deliberate going forward.