Outside The Monster’s Lair With Something Is Killing The Children #4

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Erica and James shop for chainsaws, axes, and hedge clippers to use on their mission at the House Depot. They garner skepticism, but they’re able to purchase their newfound weapons without trouble. Tommy grabs a gun from his father’s house with the intent of killing Erica. Sheriff Joseph and his brother, Tim the coroner, investigate another violent killing in town. Finally, Erica and James approach what Erica believes to be the den of the monster that’s been slaughtering children all over town. Unfortunately, Tommy is hot on their tail and wants Erica dead.

Something is Killing the Children #4 cover by Werther Dell'Edera and Giovanna Niro
Something is Killing the Children #4 cover by Werther Dell’Edera and Giovanna Niro

Something is Killing the Children #4 winds up to the climax of this story arc. Erica and James are nearing the monster’s lair, and Erica is well-armed and ready to kill whatever lies within.
The series turned into a fairly slow burn with the second and third issues, so it’s reassuring to know that we’re nearing a big encounter with the monster that’s killing the children. We also get a glimpse of the powers behind Erica Slaughter, which makes for an ominous moment in the book.
The building relationship between Erica and James is endearing. Erica is an unnerving, cold, and devoted monster-killer while James is a scarred child who only wants to make sure what happened to his friends doesn’t happen to other kids. The latter is slowly breaking through the hard shell of the former and they may just make a good team.
It’s hard not to sympathize with Tommy given what he’s seen and what he’s been through. The same goes for Sheriff Joseph. They’re good supporting characters, and I look forward to seeing how their stories resolve.
Something is Killing the Children #4 art by Werther Dell'Edera and Miquel Muerto with letters from Andworld Design
Something is Killing the Children #4 art by Werther Dell’Edera and Miquel Muerto with letters from Andworld Design

Werther Dell’Edera’s artwork once again comes out strong, giving a unique texture and style to the world of Something is Killing the Children. Erica in particular has a great character design, and the glimpses we get of the monster shows an imaginative yet horrible visage. Miquel Muerto’s color work is cold and foreboding, which suits the book excellently.
Something is Killing the Children #4 brings us close to the showdown between Erica and the monster that’s been killing the town’s kids. The stage is set, the tension has been built, and I find myself excited for what the next issue brings. In any case, this comic gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Something is Killing the Children #4 comes to us from writer James Tynion IV, artist Werther Dell’Edera, color artist Miquel Muerto, letterer Andworld Design, cover artist Werther Dell’Edera with Giovanna Niro, and variant cover artist Michael Walsh.
Final Score: 8/10

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