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Erica Slaughter may have slain the monster terrorizing the small Wisconsin town of Archer’s Peak, but now she sets off deeper into the woods -- because the monster she killed was a mother… and now she needs to kill its children. EVIL NEVER DIES...UNLESS ERICA SLAUGHTER KILLS IT. Erica Slaughter may have slain the monster terrorizing the small Wisconsin town of Archer’s Peak Erica Slaughter may have slain the monster terrorizing the small Wisconsin town of Archer’s Peak, but now she sets off deeper into the woods -- because the monster she killed was a mother… and now she needs to kill its children. EVIL NEVER DIES...UNLESS ERICA SLAUGHTER KILLS IT. Erica Slaughter may have slain the monster terrorizing the small Wisconsin town of Archer’s Peak, but the horror is far from over. As her mysterious handler arrives in town to clean up her mess and quarantine the townsfolk, Erica sets off deeper into the woods -- because the monster she killed was a mother… and now she needs to kill its children.  GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Batman, The Woods) and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) present the next chapter of the critically acclaimed series that showed the world a new kind of horror. Collects Something is Killing the Children #6-10.


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Erica Slaughter may have slain the monster terrorizing the small Wisconsin town of Archer’s Peak, but now she sets off deeper into the woods -- because the monster she killed was a mother… and now she needs to kill its children. EVIL NEVER DIES...UNLESS ERICA SLAUGHTER KILLS IT. Erica Slaughter may have slain the monster terrorizing the small Wisconsin town of Archer’s Peak Erica Slaughter may have slain the monster terrorizing the small Wisconsin town of Archer’s Peak, but now she sets off deeper into the woods -- because the monster she killed was a mother… and now she needs to kill its children. EVIL NEVER DIES...UNLESS ERICA SLAUGHTER KILLS IT. Erica Slaughter may have slain the monster terrorizing the small Wisconsin town of Archer’s Peak, but the horror is far from over. As her mysterious handler arrives in town to clean up her mess and quarantine the townsfolk, Erica sets off deeper into the woods -- because the monster she killed was a mother… and now she needs to kill its children.  GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Batman, The Woods) and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) present the next chapter of the critically acclaimed series that showed the world a new kind of horror. Collects Something is Killing the Children #6-10.

30 review for Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Something is still killing all these goddamn children! Which means our creepy-eyed little monster hunter is going to need to up her game and (probably) toss a kid or two out as bait to lure whatever remains in the woods into a trap. Preferably one that involves Erica and a chainsaw. I'm sure the kids will come out of it just fiiine... Ok. So the cool thing about this volume is that you find out more about this mysterious monster-killing organization that Eric Slaughter belongs to, and apparently, Something is still killing all these goddamn children! Which means our creepy-eyed little monster hunter is going to need to up her game and (probably) toss a kid or two out as bait to lure whatever remains in the woods into a trap. Preferably one that involves Erica and a chainsaw. I'm sure the kids will come out of it just fiiine... Ok. So the cool thing about this volume is that you find out more about this mysterious monster-killing organization that Eric Slaughter belongs to, and apparently, they're a whole lotta shady. More concerned with keeping the existence of monsters a secret than they are with the well being of your average Joe Schmo, they don't mind getting a little bit of (human) blood on their hands if it will ensure silence. You also find out how (ish) Erica came to be a part of their organization and that she's somewhat of an outlier and rebel. The story is definitely getting more interesting as it goes and that's saying something because I was already really fucking interested. Highly Recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Each issue amps up the tension as things get worse and worse. Now there's 5 little monsters running around hungry to kill more children. We also learn some about the Order of St. George (Great name BTW!). Dell'Edera's art remains incredibly spooky with some Tim Sale influences thrown in for good measure. Damn, I love this book! Each issue amps up the tension as things get worse and worse. Now there's 5 little monsters running around hungry to kill more children. We also learn some about the Order of St. George (Great name BTW!). Dell'Edera's art remains incredibly spooky with some Tim Sale influences thrown in for good measure. Damn, I love this book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Welp, this series is still amazing. With the events of the last volume behind us we enter a new problem. Little monsters are now roaming the forest needing to eat. What happens when they can't find food? They go hunting. This leaves Tommy trying to be a decent human being, a new hunter is in town, Erica trying to fix things, and James is in the hospital. Nothing is going right of course, everyone is on edge, and so many more kids/people are dying. This is pure chaos and there's no solution in si Welp, this series is still amazing. With the events of the last volume behind us we enter a new problem. Little monsters are now roaming the forest needing to eat. What happens when they can't find food? They go hunting. This leaves Tommy trying to be a decent human being, a new hunter is in town, Erica trying to fix things, and James is in the hospital. Nothing is going right of course, everyone is on edge, and so many more kids/people are dying. This is pure chaos and there's no solution in sight. I think the best thing about this volume is the pacing. So fast, everything feels like it'll collapse at any moment, and death lingers everywhere. The gorgeous artwork by Dell'Dera is goddamn gorgeous and so spooky. I love the style so much. All the characters feel like they're making rash decisions but it makes sense seeing the position they are in. I also enjoy the ending as it leaves it in a very realistic, and fucked up way. A nice high 4.5 out of 5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kadi P

    Every issue was full to the brim with high intensity, fast-paced unexpected action. And it was perfectly balanced with some tearful moments and glorious glimpses at backstory. Every character, no matter how little page time they were given, were well-written and complex. It was very easy to make attachments to the characters and this only heightened the buzzing fear I felt in the background as I read this because there’s five little devil monsters running around ripping people apart so it’s only Every issue was full to the brim with high intensity, fast-paced unexpected action. And it was perfectly balanced with some tearful moments and glorious glimpses at backstory. Every character, no matter how little page time they were given, were well-written and complex. It was very easy to make attachments to the characters and this only heightened the buzzing fear I felt in the background as I read this because there’s five little devil monsters running around ripping people apart so it’s only too right to question how long my fave characters are going to live for. I found it really interesting how both (view spoiler)[ Octo and Bian (hide spoiler)] showed some kind of empathy towards the monster babies. That was a clever surprise from Tynion leading to a confusing moment for me (even for just a second) in which I had to question the morality of killing a child despite the child being a killer that can’t help what they do. Above all I loved that amongst all of the unbelievable craziness of killer monsters and (supernatural?) hunter people like Erica, there’s still bags of reminders that the core of this story is not so much about monster-hunting but much more about the importance of family and the fight to save people. My only qualm was that this was too short. Or rather it was the right length but I just want more. I was annoyed when I reached the end because 1. Cliffhanger and 2. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?! I’m going to be waiting so impatiently for vol 3...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is the second collection of a comic book series. The first collection should be read before reading this collection. In this one, Erica is still in the small rural town as she knows the demon has had babies and the battle is not over. This series is amazing. What I said about the first collection remains with this collection but only better. Once again, I get a Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe from this series but only way darker. In this one, we get to see a little more of the organization tha This is the second collection of a comic book series. The first collection should be read before reading this collection. In this one, Erica is still in the small rural town as she knows the demon has had babies and the battle is not over. This series is amazing. What I said about the first collection remains with this collection but only better. Once again, I get a Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe from this series but only way darker. In this one, we get to see a little more of the organization that is backing Erica and the adult that was mentoring her (her watcher?). This is a horror comic that delves into that genre especially the last issue. The last issue was absolutely nuts with the outcome and the comic panels. It had me saying out loud "Holy s**t!". Once again the artwork is perfect for this comic. It isn't glamorous. It is gloomy and dark and easily displays the atmosphere that this book is trying to represent. If you were worried that the second collection could not equal the enjoyment of the first collection you have nothing to fear. I believe it is even better. The story and the mood just jumps out from the pages and I was so enthralled with this collection. This is easily vaulting up to the top of my list of my favorite comic book runs.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    As compulsively readable as the first volume, I'm really enjoying this dark riff on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's even better read as an e-book so I don't get lost in the annoying double-page spreads with all their horizontally-read panels. There is a good balance in the story between the immediate threat and the slow reveal of the bigger mythology, though maybe there was a little too much standing around and talking this time. As compulsively readable as the first volume, I'm really enjoying this dark riff on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's even better read as an e-book so I don't get lost in the annoying double-page spreads with all their horizontally-read panels. There is a good balance in the story between the immediate threat and the slow reveal of the bigger mythology, though maybe there was a little too much standing around and talking this time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Dark, sad, gory, and strangely fun! Erica is awesome and I curse anyone who comes for her. I'm looking at you Aaron, although I think there may be some sexual tension there. The art style isn't always my favourite but it gets the point across. The colouring is dark and moody often the only bright colour is Erica's wide eyes. This series has me completely involved and I will eagerly await the next volume. I hope she takes down the House of Slaughter, or takes it over. Dark, sad, gory, and strangely fun! Erica is awesome and I curse anyone who comes for her. I'm looking at you Aaron, although I think there may be some sexual tension there. The art style isn't always my favourite but it gets the point across. The colouring is dark and moody often the only bright colour is Erica's wide eyes. This series has me completely involved and I will eagerly await the next volume. I hope she takes down the House of Slaughter, or takes it over.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Something Is (still) Killing The Children, but Erica Slaughter's on the case. This second collection sheds some light on Erica's origins, and makes the demons facing Archer's Peak even more real as James Tynion IV and Werther Dell'Edera's horror story continues. Quite a lot of what we learn about Erica in this volume is in what isn't said as much as what is - she's not the type to sit down and exposite plot to the civilians involved, more the type to murder first and explain later, if at all. Th Something Is (still) Killing The Children, but Erica Slaughter's on the case. This second collection sheds some light on Erica's origins, and makes the demons facing Archer's Peak even more real as James Tynion IV and Werther Dell'Edera's horror story continues. Quite a lot of what we learn about Erica in this volume is in what isn't said as much as what is - she's not the type to sit down and exposite plot to the civilians involved, more the type to murder first and explain later, if at all. There are a lot of side characters flying around, and it can be easy to confuse them (especially since some aren't in every issue), but they all have a role to play, and their positions, both physically and emotionally, have significantly shifted by the end of these five issues. Dell'Dera's art remains as spooky as before - he uses a lot of double page spreads, which help make the action feel expansive and all-encompassing. I also like the double page title pages in every issue, they feel like a credits sequence on a TV show. SIKTC remains an unexpected delight. It's horrific to read at times, and there's definitely a sense that this isn't a book where the good guys are necessarily going to win in the end, but that's life in the monster slaying business, I guess.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Ye

    4~4.25 stars. THAT ENDING THO 😲😲😲😲😲 Erica must feel frustrated to save a bunch of idiots from getting themselves killed 😒😂

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Volume 2 in the Something is Killing the Children series was a bit disappointing. The story didn’t really move forward for me. There were interactions with people I didn’t care about and very little banter or fun with the individuals I wanted to see spill some details or guts. :) I wanted more from Aaron. Plus HELLO! More octopus weirdness and magic please. I’m in for more though. I have hope Erica will kickass in volume 3.

  11. 5 out of 5

    RG

    Again another solid entry into this horror series. I really dig the art

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10 Total review score: 3.3 Individual issue reviews: #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10 Total review score: 3.3

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    And you thought things were bad before? This volume ups the stakes and the drama on all sides, as more creatures are found, more bodies are presented to their families, and the dark organization behind Erica throws obstacles in opposition to her actions. The last issue ends with the blood starting to flow, and though there aren't many action scenes in the book, I didn't notice that until after the fact - I burned through this quickly, carried by the strong pace and troubled characters. The bruta And you thought things were bad before? This volume ups the stakes and the drama on all sides, as more creatures are found, more bodies are presented to their families, and the dark organization behind Erica throws obstacles in opposition to her actions. The last issue ends with the blood starting to flow, and though there aren't many action scenes in the book, I didn't notice that until after the fact - I burned through this quickly, carried by the strong pace and troubled characters. The brutal imagery is a plus or a minus depending on your perspective, but I realized near the end how simply iconic Erica Butcher's look already is, only 10 issues in. Tynion is doing some great work here, as is Dell'Edra's art. My only complaints are that reading it digitally makes the two-page spreads tougher to read, and Erica's stuffed friend only makes a cursory appearance this time. But don't let that dissuade you from picking this series up.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    The distractingly bad layouts were even worse in this volume than in the first, but I’m still really enjoying this story. I’ll definitely be reading the next volume.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    This is the best ongoing series I am aware of right now. While volume 2 dips slightly from the first volume I would chalk that up more to Tynion and company settling in for what I hope is a very long haul after the spectacular beginning of this creepy and original story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shadowdenizen

    One of the most consistently entertaining and readable comics being published today.

  17. 5 out of 5

    James

    4.25 stars. Amazing run. See single issues for more of my thoughts.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine Hernandez-g

    "Officer Richards. He said they were going to take the bodies out of the cave. I told them the babies wouldn't have food to eat and they'd get hungry, but he didn't listen to me. I don't think he believed me. But that's okay." I'm still really enjoying the story and I'm glad we get a bit more information on Erica's past and why she fights the monsters who kill the children. I really like the colors of the illustrations and I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume. "Officer Richards. He said they were going to take the bodies out of the cave. I told them the babies wouldn't have food to eat and they'd get hungry, but he didn't listen to me. I don't think he believed me. But that's okay." I'm still really enjoying the story and I'm glad we get a bit more information on Erica's past and why she fights the monsters who kill the children. I really like the colors of the illustrations and I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    4.5 stars. Even better than the last one! I wasn’t sure I’d like the new artwork, but the grittier style worked so much better with the story. I also really loved the panel choices and the use of two-page layouts. Cannot wait for the next one!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Virginja ↢ 99% imp

    I’m fucking crying

  21. 4 out of 5

    BookCupid

    The gore kept me up at night! Let's face it, since this is volume two it's not that unusual that I would like to understand what exactly is killing the children. I wonder how long the writers will hang the plot on top of our heads. Someone might read volume 3. The gore kept me up at night! Let's face it, since this is volume two it's not that unusual that I would like to understand what exactly is killing the children. I wonder how long the writers will hang the plot on top of our heads. Someone might read volume 3.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    MUCH better than the first volume! I didn't expect to enjoy it this much so I'm glad that I gave this series another shot. MUCH better than the first volume! I didn't expect to enjoy it this much so I'm glad that I gave this series another shot.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    Loving this story, loving the art, loving all of it

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nazifa

    Very bloody and gory, beware.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lenny Rivera

    In comic book collector’s parlance, a story arc is five (or so) issues of an ongoing comic series. The arc is what is gathered into these trade or hardcover collections. The arc, while not wrapping up an entire series story, does have its own beginning, middle, and end. The first arc of this series (the first five issues) introduced the main characters and scenarios of this title reaching a nice conclusion where our main character, Erica, kills the monster of the story. It also left us with an ex In comic book collector’s parlance, a story arc is five (or so) issues of an ongoing comic series. The arc is what is gathered into these trade or hardcover collections. The arc, while not wrapping up an entire series story, does have its own beginning, middle, and end. The first arc of this series (the first five issues) introduced the main characters and scenarios of this title reaching a nice conclusion where our main character, Erica, kills the monster of the story. It also left us with an excellent cliffhanger where we find out that the monster had babies that must also be killed. Imagine my disappointment when after reading volume 2 (the second arc, five more issues) not only have we not learned anything new about any of the characters, but the killing of the monsters babies hasn’t even begun. It took us five MORE issues to get… nowhere. Nothing happened. We were introduced to one more character but we barely go into who he is before what happens to him happens, and there are zero monster babies killed. None. In short, the story is too decompressed. I’m sure writer James Tynion is doing this because he believes it creates a sense of anticipation and dread. And I was willing to go along with that in the first volume because I felt like there might be some pay off. But after going through another collection/arc/five issues and still not knowing any more about the characters and still putting off the monster killing, I’m afraid this over long, stretched out style is not for me. On the other hand James Tynion is an excellent writer in “other” titles he works on, and artist DellEdera is fantastic. Maybe I’ll return to this series later on…

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Parsons

    Why I chose this book: This is the second volume in a series, and I liked the first one. What I liked about this book: In this volume, we get more information about who the main character is and who she works for, but there are still some mysteries, and I appreciate that for a graphic novel that has multiple volumes. I also really liked the way the monsters and the adults fighting the monsters create an allegory for the real-life fact that most adults don't know what they're doing; they're just t Why I chose this book: This is the second volume in a series, and I liked the first one. What I liked about this book: In this volume, we get more information about who the main character is and who she works for, but there are still some mysteries, and I appreciate that for a graphic novel that has multiple volumes. I also really liked the way the monsters and the adults fighting the monsters create an allegory for the real-life fact that most adults don't know what they're doing; they're just trying their best to keep it together to protect the kids. What I didn't like about this book: There was just one scene that made me stumble, which was when the protagonist, Erica, broke someone's arm in the hospital, right in front of a nurse's station, and no one cared. I was also struggling to piece together the motivations for that particular moment of violence. It wasn't out of character for Erica, I just wasn't sure what the motives were there. Overall thoughts: I find it interesting how this graphic novel about saving children from monsters exists in the age of . . . particular conspiracy theories. The children-eating-monsters and and the shady dealings of Erica's employer make me wonder if the same story would be written at any other time, or if this narrative is a subconscious biproduct of conspiratorial and partisan fears that have leaked into the mainstream. The wondering really only adds to the intrigue, and I am certainly being strung along, in a good way, by the mystery and suspense of the narrative. I'll be interested to see how volume 3 shakes out.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    Another great volume in a great horror series. Seeing the “aftermath” of the prior volume is really cool, and I love how Tynion gives the characters space and time to react and process the horrific things they’re being faced with. It’s honestly those moments, the ones without the monsters, that I liked the most. The writing is really strong here, Dell’edera’s artwork captures the heavy emotional exhaustion of the characters, and it makes the town as a whole feel like just as much of a character Another great volume in a great horror series. Seeing the “aftermath” of the prior volume is really cool, and I love how Tynion gives the characters space and time to react and process the horrific things they’re being faced with. It’s honestly those moments, the ones without the monsters, that I liked the most. The writing is really strong here, Dell’edera’s artwork captures the heavy emotional exhaustion of the characters, and it makes the town as a whole feel like just as much of a character as anyone. But there’s plenty of action in this volume, too, and it’s even stronger than it was before. The page layouts help streamline the movement of the figures on page, and its easier to keep track of the twisted, grotesque violence that the artwork so aptly captures. That said, the arc ends on the most egregiously abrupt note possible, and that kind of sucks. It’s not even a cliffhanger; it feels like it just cuts away mid-scene and considers that the end of the story arc. It wouldn’t be a problem if I was reading this farther after publication, but it seems strange (and a little frustrating) to have a story arc/volume/whatever end the way this does. I still can’t wait for more, though, which only makes the sudden ending of the volume that much more agonizing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nihilistic Librarian

    We rejoin Erica and James as they find the monster's nest and a victim's older brother, Tommy, tries to intervene, mistaking Erica for a murderer. After accidentally shooting James, who is hospitalized with one other survivor found in the nest, Erica is forced to enable Tommy to see the monster to keep him from getting anyone else hurt. The children's bodies are later recovered and put in the school's gym for grieving parents to come identify their children. Another member of "The House of Slaug We rejoin Erica and James as they find the monster's nest and a victim's older brother, Tommy, tries to intervene, mistaking Erica for a murderer. After accidentally shooting James, who is hospitalized with one other survivor found in the nest, Erica is forced to enable Tommy to see the monster to keep him from getting anyone else hurt. The children's bodies are later recovered and put in the school's gym for grieving parents to come identify their children. Another member of "The House of Slaughter" comes to do damage control and Erica convinces him that the ideology of the House is backwards and to put human lives first and foremost, not secret keeping and damage control. She reveals to him that the monster was a mother and that the town's troubles are far from over. Tynion leaves us with a cliff hanger as the parents and siblings of the deceased children are barricaded into the school by police, after witnessing an attack on a little girl in the parking lot, seemingly being torn to shreds by an invisible force.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vee

    This volume contains issues #6 to #10. This was really nice. I enjoy the plot a lot, but it is moving a tad bit too slow for me. The first issue set such a good ground to build up on, this could have gone a little more into depth. But it's okay. We got to see more of the weird organization Jessica belongs to and how she came to be with them. I hope the whole thing will be explored more in flashbacks during the following issues. The side characters fell a bit flat for me in this. I think they need This volume contains issues #6 to #10. This was really nice. I enjoy the plot a lot, but it is moving a tad bit too slow for me. The first issue set such a good ground to build up on, this could have gone a little more into depth. But it's okay. We got to see more of the weird organization Jessica belongs to and how she came to be with them. I hope the whole thing will be explored more in flashbacks during the following issues. The side characters fell a bit flat for me in this. I think they need much more personality and more "screen time" for me to connect with them. Even "the kid" (as they all seem to just call him) Jessica was running around with fell flat in this one. Nevertheless I enjoyed this more than enough as I read all of it in a go and will continue to read issues #11 to #13 today. Find more of my books on Instagram

  30. 4 out of 5

    Panagiotis G.

    In this volume we learn a few more things about Erika's origin and the group she belongs to. We learn who's her mentor and who's supporting her. We learn about the babies and the term 'oscuratype'. We learn James sexual orientation (modern trend and probably directive in comic industry) and how he lost his friends. Artwork is not amazing but is good enough and original. Characters are developing well. Plot is moving in a good pace. Story is continuing in a very interesting direction since volume In this volume we learn a few more things about Erika's origin and the group she belongs to. We learn who's her mentor and who's supporting her. We learn about the babies and the term 'oscuratype'. We learn James sexual orientation (modern trend and probably directive in comic industry) and how he lost his friends. Artwork is not amazing but is good enough and original. Characters are developing well. Plot is moving in a good pace. Story is continuing in a very interesting direction since volume no.1, is addictive and the cliffhangers are present. This second volume ends with an unexpected surprise. Good read, deserving the hype around it.

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