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‘There is something killing children’,’Stranger Things’

By nr39r Jul9,2024

Planeta Cómic has released six volumes of “There’s Something Killing Children,” a fantastic horror and mystery comic with a chilling plot that goes in unexpected places. Join Minotauro and Planeta Cómic on Xataka’s fantasy literary podcast “Laberinto de papel” as we dissect this savage piece of writing.

Editor Elizabeth Falomir, an old acquaintance of ours, assists us in deciphering the collection’s multiple meanings, so we can accomplish this. You can’t always judge a monster by its surface characteristics. James Tynion IV and Wether Dell’Edera explore this and other subjects in their story set in the American small town of Archer’s Peak.

Many kids start to vanish without a trace in the area. Those that do return often describe horrific monsters, and the vast majority of them are never located. To face the danger, the enigmatic monster hunter Erica Slaughter has arrived in town. Along with her, we shall learn that adults cannot perceive the beings; only children can. Moreover, additional details regarding Erica’s background and the shadowy monster-hunting organization with whom she works will be revealed as the plot develops.

Tynion and Dell’Edera tell us all this through a story and style that occasionally borrows from classic horror comics, American independent comics, and even ‘Stranger Things.’ Additionally, they occasionally explore places that resonate with independent sensibilities. ‘Paper Labyrinth’ provides you with all the necessary ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind cocktail. So thrilling!

In Archer’s Peak, Wisconsin, nine children have perished and scores more remain unaccounted for. I have read no better horror comic this year than BOOM! Studios’ Something is Killing the Children #1. Each character experiences feelings of loneliness and uncertainty, and the paranoia is apparent on every page.

At last, our hero James found some pals he could hang out with at night. Their tragic demise in the woods occurs on the eve of one of those sleepovers, just moments after he recounts a veracious tale about a creature that bears resemblance to the one that claimed their lives. James tells the police the truth about what happened that night, exposing that the tale he told his buddies in Truth or Dare was fictional.

He is also telling the truth to the police when he claims he was blind that night. And all he could hear was the gunfire. I sympathize with the narrator, but I find him to be unreliable, and I find myself doubting everything he says as he tells us this terrible story.

Werther Dell’Edera’s humanizing art and Miquel Muerto’s dependably engrossing colors contribute to my complicated relationship with this protagonist. Extreme closeups that show misery, bewilderment, and sadness are sprinkled throughout the narrative. The distinct hatching gives these expressions more depth and the shadows help set the scene.

I haven’t seen anything like the interior style these two artists have combined to see in recent times. Specifically, the graphic depiction of every horrific aspect of that fateful night in the woods is presented in two successive double-page spreads. (That will have to wait till you get your hands on the book, but in the meantime, enjoy this comparable spread.)

Andworld Design’s typography complements the loose strokes of the brush and the subdued hues of the watercolors. In a moment where a student of James’s accuses him of killing his pals due to his homosexuality and unrequited love, James writes “Shut up” in gray, significantly smaller than the rest of the letters on the page. He finally loses it and yells out, “SHUT THE FUCK UP!” later on that same page. That unfiltered moment of would have been ineffective without this contrast.

I found one major issue with the entire pilot episode of this riveting series. We find out earlier in the novel that Karl, Robbie, and Noah are the names of James’ three deceased buddies. Robbie Tyler is contacted by James at the end of the novel during the flashback of the slaughter. I have read the issue through three times in an effort to sort things out, but I am still stumped. As I delve deeper into this terrifying story, I will validate my suspicion that it is an error.

But this isn’t only a horror tale. It’s a metaphor for the wounds inflicted on our national conscience by school shootings, the ineffective coverage of the epidemic by the media, and the inadequate response by the police.

In the first issue, Tynion’s words reverberate with a country that is struggling to face the truth that youngsters are killing each other more frequently and with more brazenness. To put it simply, here is a quote from the comic: …things don’t make as much sense as they once did. That sensation is becoming increasingly worse by the day.–65d33150c6b12

By nr39r

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