Something Is Killing the Children
Cover to Something Is Killing the Children #1 by Werther Dell'Edera (art) & Giovanna Niro (colors).
Publication information
PublisherBoom! Studios
ScheduleMonthly
No. of issues20 (as of September 2, 2021)
Main character(s)Erica Slaughter
Creative team
Created by
Written byJames Tynion IV
Artist(s)
  • Werther Dell'Edera
  • Giovanna Niro (covers only)
Colorist(s)Miquel Muerto
Editor(s)
  • Eric Harburn
  • Gwen Waller (assistant)

Something Is Killing the Children is an ongoing comic book series created by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell'Edera, published monthly by Boom! Studios beginning in September 2019.[1]

Publication history

Something Is Killing the Children was announced as a five-issue limited series by BOOM! Studios in June 2019.[2] In August 2019, ahead of the release of its first issue, it was announced that the series had been promoted to ongoing due to "overwhelming early support from retailers and fans".[3] In June 2020, Something Is Killing the Children was nominated for Best New Series at the 2020 Eisner Awards, Tynion IV's first nomination.[4][5]

Plot summary

Series synopsis courtesy of BOOM! Studios:[1]

"When the children of Archer's Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible stories 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 see 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."

Spin-off series

House of Slaughter is an original series set in the world of Something is Killing the Children, exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into a monster hunter.[6]

Awards and nominations

Award nominations for Something Is Killing the Children
Year Organization Award Result
2020 Eisner Awards[4] Best New Series Nominated

Reception and sales

Reception and sales for issues of Something Is Killing the Children
Issue Publication date Writer Artist Colorist Letterer Comic Book Roundup rating[7] North American retailer sales (first month)
#1 September 4, 2019 James Tynion IV Werther Dell'Edera Miquel Muerto Andworld Design 9.3 by 19 professional critics 33,648[8]
#2 October 16, 2019 8.8 by 13 professional critics 24,644[9]
#3 November 20, 2019 8.5 by 9 professional critics 17,353[10]
#4 December 11, 2019 8.8 by 7 professional critics 16,079[11]
#5 January 29, 2020 8.4 by 9 professional critics 14,047[12]
#6 March 18, 2020 8.5 by 6 professional critics 14,365[13]
#7 June 10, 2020 8.9 by 6 professional critics Data not yet available
#8 July 8, 2020 8.8 by 10 professional critics
#9 August 12, 2020 9.0 by 7 professional critics
#10 September 9, 2020 9.2 by 5 professional critics
#11 October 21, 2020 8.7 by 5 professional critics
#12 November 18, 2020 8.8 by 7 professional critics
#13 December 23, 2020 9.1 by 3 professional critics
#14 January 27, 2021 9.2 by 5 professional critics
#15 February 24, 2021 8.8 by 7 professional critics
#16 May 26, 2021 9.1 by 7 professional critics
#17 June 23, 2021 9.2 by 5 professional critics
#18 July 28, 2021 9.1 by 5 professional critics
#19 August 25, 2021
#20 September 22, 2021

Collected editions

Collected editions of Something Is Killing the Children
Title Material collected Format Publication date ISBN
Something Is Killing the Children: Volume 1 Something Is Killing the Children #1–5 Trade paperback June 25, 2020 ISBN 978-1684155583
Something Is Killing the Children: Volume 2 Something Is Killing the Children #6–10 December 1, 2020 ISBN 978-1684156498
Something Is Killing the Children: Volume 3 Something Is Killing the Children #11–15 June 15, 2021 ISBN 978-1684157075
Something Is Killing the Children: Volume 4 Something Is Killing the Children #16-20 January 11, 2022 ISBN 978-1684158041
Something Is Killing the Children Deluxe Edition Book One Something Is Killing the Children #1-15 Deluxe hardcover November 16, 2021 ISBN 978-1684157648

References