Horror Comic 'Something Is Killing the Children' Upped to Ongoing Series

Something is Killing the Children -  Werther Dell'Edera - Boom! Studios - H 2019
Courtesy of Werther Dell'Edera/Boom! Studios
The project has been extended past its original five issues.

Here's some good news for fans of horror comics — and bad news for fictional kids. Boom! Studios' upcoming Something Is Killing the Children has been upgraded from a miniseries to open-ended status as the result of high demand from comic store retailers.

The series, which launches next month, is the creation of Detective Comics and Justice League writer James Tynion IV and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land, G.I. Joe: Cobra), and tells the story of a community torn apart by a series of murders of local children — and the mysterious appearance in town of the unfortunately named Erica Slaughter, who claims she knows how to stop the killing… if she can be trusted.

The news that the series will continue beyond its original length of five issues follows the announcement last week that the first issue had sold out from Diamond Comic Distributors before its release and is being sent back to press. The prerelease sellout follows the success of the publisher’s fantasy series Once & Future, which made it into stores last week after managing to sell out three different print runs ahead of time.

“James, Werther, Miquel [Muerto, colorist], and co. have created something truly special with Something is Killing the Children, and we’re excited to bring readers even more of this strange yet thrilling horror series — following Erica Slaughter as she faces off against monsters, and we begin to unravel the mystery surrounding her gruesome calling,” Boom! Studios editor Eric Harburn said Monday in a statement accompanying the news. “With many more monsters to defeat and stories to tell, this is just the beginning for fans of horror comics.” 

Something is Killing the Children No. 1 is set to be released Sept. 4 digitally and in comic book stores.