This is Jenny Frison's FOC cover to James Tynon IV and Werther Dell'Edera's Something Is Killing The Children, hitting Final Order Cut-Off this weekend.
Now Boom Studios is having a fairly decent year for new work, from the success of Brian Azzarello & Maria Lllovet's Faithless and Kieron Gillen & Dan Mora Once & Future both of which are doing their best to pretend they are top Image Comics releases.
But their upcoming series Something is Killing The Children is generating a different kind of buzz for what Tynion has said is a deeply personal series about a badass monster hunter named Erica Slaughter.
* GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Memetic, Batman: Detective Comics) teams with artist Werther Dell'Edera (Briggs Land) for an all-new limited series about staring into the abyss to find your worst fears staring back.
* 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 doneIn Shops: Sep 04, 2019 Final Orders Due: Aug 12, 2019 SRP: $3.99
And in a comics market clamouring for the next big horror launch with the conclusion to The Walking Dead, Boom might want to step in. Early word on the series is it's generating quite a buzz within the professional community, something a bit closer to the likes of Gideon Falls. That was a breakout book for Jeff Lemire who, like Tynion has a reputation for terrifying, insightful and popular original creations – let's not forget that Tynion's Boom Studios series The Woods is in development at Syfy as we speak.
Artist Werther Dell'Edera's visuals also draw comparison to Gideon Falls virtuoso Andrea Sorrentino, who's made a name for himself with his moody and gripping art. But let's check in with social… from Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley:
From Infidel creator Pornsak Pichetshote:
From Reavers creator Justin Jordan:
From Animosity creator Marguerite Bennett:
And even editors at other companies seem to really love this book. DC's Batman Editor Chris Conroy is effusive:
As is Archie bigwig Alex Segura:
Every Boom Studios original series launch in 2019 has sold out the week of on-sale (or earlier) and resulted in more printings. But none of them have had this kind of critical buzz – and given that Boom Studios is selling out of new launches like Once & Future not just once but twice before they even hit stores, Something is Killing the Children #1 may well be headed for a similar sell out before it hits stores on September 4th.