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A BRAND NEW SERIES IN THE WORLD OF SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN! Discover the inner workings of the House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today. You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica's handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager train A BRAND NEW SERIES IN THE WORLD OF SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN! Discover the inner workings of the House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today. You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica's handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. Dive deeper into the world of Something is Killing the Children in this first story arc by co-creator James Tynion IV (The Department of Truth, The Nice House on the Lake) and co-writer Tate Brombal (Barbalien), with art by rising star Chris Shehan (The Autumnal) and co-creator Werther Dell’Edera (Razorblades). Collecting HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #1-5


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A BRAND NEW SERIES IN THE WORLD OF SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN! Discover the inner workings of the House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today. You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica's handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager train A BRAND NEW SERIES IN THE WORLD OF SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN! Discover the inner workings of the House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today. You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica's handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. Dive deeper into the world of Something is Killing the Children in this first story arc by co-creator James Tynion IV (The Department of Truth, The Nice House on the Lake) and co-writer Tate Brombal (Barbalien), with art by rising star Chris Shehan (The Autumnal) and co-creator Werther Dell’Edera (Razorblades). Collecting HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #1-5

30 review for House of Slaughter, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    If Something is Killing the Children is the story of Erica Slaughter, this first arc of House of Slaughter is the story of Aaron Slaughter. Told back and forth between now and 15 years ago, this really fleshes Aaron out as a character and shows he's much more than a douche. The m/m romance was done very well and this worked extremely well as a companion piece to the 4th volume of SIKTC where we see Erica's origins. Miquel Muerto colored this as well, giving the book the "house" look of the main If Something is Killing the Children is the story of Erica Slaughter, this first arc of House of Slaughter is the story of Aaron Slaughter. Told back and forth between now and 15 years ago, this really fleshes Aaron out as a character and shows he's much more than a douche. The m/m romance was done very well and this worked extremely well as a companion piece to the 4th volume of SIKTC where we see Erica's origins. Miquel Muerto colored this as well, giving the book the "house" look of the main series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is a comic collection that is a spin off from the comic Something Is Killing the Children. It is a prequel to that series. In this one we visit a young Aaron as he is training to earn his teeth. We also see him afterwards when he is on the hunt. Both of these stories intertwine and we go back and forth from each timeline. My rating might not be the fairest as I have loved the main comic run. I believe the lowest I have given for a rating is four stars. So maybe my expectations are higher tha This is a comic collection that is a spin off from the comic Something Is Killing the Children. It is a prequel to that series. In this one we visit a young Aaron as he is training to earn his teeth. We also see him afterwards when he is on the hunt. Both of these stories intertwine and we go back and forth from each timeline. My rating might not be the fairest as I have loved the main comic run. I believe the lowest I have given for a rating is four stars. So maybe my expectations are higher than they should be. I liked this collection but it did not have an impact on me like the main series. I will say I did enjoy getting a look into Aaron and not thinking he is such a tool like I did during the main series. But I also thought we were going to get more of a look into the House. We got a little peek but I wanted more. Once again we have the same style of muted artwork. I have loved this type of artwork for the main series. I am not sure if it exactly works for this story. Granted bright bubbly art would have been wrong but I believe I would have liked a little difference between the runs. This was a decent story and I think it might have been me more than the story. I am just expecting way too much from anything associated within this universe. I liked it but I don't think it is must read like the main story line. I will say it did leave on a cliffhanger that has peaked my interest and I will read the next collection of this spin off.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    Sooooo I wasn't expecting this to make me emotional. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this volume because I tried not to read too much about it. TYNION DID NOT DISAPPOINT. He never does and this definitely packed a punch. House of Slaughter follows the story of Aaron Slaughter during his time at the House of Slaughter. It's a dual timeline where we follow him as a young student and then 15 years in the future. There is a romance between Aaron and another character that I fo Sooooo I wasn't expecting this to make me emotional. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this volume because I tried not to read too much about it. TYNION DID NOT DISAPPOINT. He never does and this definitely packed a punch. House of Slaughter follows the story of Aaron Slaughter during his time at the House of Slaughter. It's a dual timeline where we follow him as a young student and then 15 years in the future. There is a romance between Aaron and another character that I found to be completely charming and heartwarming. Readers get to learn a lot more about the innerworkings of the House of Slaughter which I found to be interesting as well as the idea that there are more "houses" that exists outside of this one. That is a testament to how expansive this world will be. There are more characters explored that readers see in the volumes of Something is Killing the Children. The art wasn't as captivating as the artwork that we see in Something is Killing the Children, but I did think it captured the story well. One of the most difficult things about reading this volume was knowing exactly what happens to Aaron. I just couldn't swallow the romance he had knowing that he would never get that HEA. I can't wait to continue reading this series and seeing how it connects to the main series. I would highly recommend at least reading Something is Killing the Children vol. 1-3 before picking this one up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This was quite fun actually! We get the prelude to house of slaughter her and this focuses on Aaron and we see how he meets this guy Jace, his new room-mate in his childhood and initially he resents his step-mother Jessica for this but then he starts falling in love with him and in the present we see him hunting Jace as part of his mission from Order of St George and the way the story is told and the way we bounce between present and past is so intriguing. In the past we see what Jace childhood wa This was quite fun actually! We get the prelude to house of slaughter her and this focuses on Aaron and we see how he meets this guy Jace, his new room-mate in his childhood and initially he resents his step-mother Jessica for this but then he starts falling in love with him and in the present we see him hunting Jace as part of his mission from Order of St George and the way the story is told and the way we bounce between present and past is so intriguing. In the past we see what Jace childhood was and what happened to his family and his motive for entering into HOS and then falling in love with Aaron and making enemies here and there and I love the romance side of it and seeing how those two are alike and how in the present (15 years later from the past) they are battling maybe their affections for each other and what Aaron does next in the present which will change him forever.. Its a cute love story and I love the way the writer shows the similarities and difference between these characters alike and the conflicts whenever they are together and the bouncing between past and present both is awesome and makes for a smooth read plus the art is so good, I freaking love it! <3

  5. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Really great prequel to Something is Killing the Children. Get a lot more time with Aaron and his first few years at the house of slaughter. Get deeper world building, cute relationship, and kind of bittersweet ending if you are currently caught up with the main series. Only negative is some of the art is a bit weaker than I'd like compared to the main series. Really great prequel to Something is Killing the Children. Get a lot more time with Aaron and his first few years at the house of slaughter. Get deeper world building, cute relationship, and kind of bittersweet ending if you are currently caught up with the main series. Only negative is some of the art is a bit weaker than I'd like compared to the main series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    I picked this up thinking it was written by James Tynion but realized it is actually written by Tate Brombal who I previously enjoyed his work on Barbalien from Blackhammer's origin story. Both explored a young gay male protagonist and were pulled off well. I love the Something is Killing all the children/ House of Slaughter storylines so far. Bring in some more writers and see some different angles like the Aforementioned Blackhammer series. I picked this up thinking it was written by James Tynion but realized it is actually written by Tate Brombal who I previously enjoyed his work on Barbalien from Blackhammer's origin story. Both explored a young gay male protagonist and were pulled off well. I love the Something is Killing all the children/ House of Slaughter storylines so far. Bring in some more writers and see some different angles like the Aforementioned Blackhammer series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    A spin off, but one that falls victim to every snare the main series deftly avoided, too much talk, lazy cliffhangers, and an unlikeable lead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

    3,5* Good spin off giving unsights on the Houses and their internal struggles. I go for the love story but Aaron's internal monologues tend to be boring and snobish after a while. 3,5* Good spin off giving unsights on the Houses and their internal struggles. I go for the love story but Aaron's internal monologues tend to be boring and snobish after a while.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A fine prequel to Something is Killing the Children that focuses on the life of Aaron Slaughter. It wasn't something I particularly wanted, but it was done well and helps me get over the gap until the next book in the main series. A fine prequel to Something is Killing the Children that focuses on the life of Aaron Slaughter. It wasn't something I particularly wanted, but it was done well and helps me get over the gap until the next book in the main series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I own this book. Something about me is that I have never once hidden the fact I am an Aaron Slaughter apologist. As soon as we met him in the SIKTC volume 1 arch, I wanted more. In this book, we follow younger Aaron, insecure in his position in the House of Slaughter, bullied by his peers and when he meets Jace, a new transfer from the House of Boucher in Louisianna, they get off on the wrong foot. However, they quickly change that first negative impression and soon develop a relationship. The I own this book. Something about me is that I have never once hidden the fact I am an Aaron Slaughter apologist. As soon as we met him in the SIKTC volume 1 arch, I wanted more. In this book, we follow younger Aaron, insecure in his position in the House of Slaughter, bullied by his peers and when he meets Jace, a new transfer from the House of Boucher in Louisianna, they get off on the wrong foot. However, they quickly change that first negative impression and soon develop a relationship. Their love is quick and fleeting but lasting as Jace betrays the House of Slaughter and flees. Flash forward years later, Aaron is sent to kill Jace where he hides, and instead, finds that Jace has never stopped hunting monsters and is working on developing a new home and a new order. Will Aaron be able to leave behind everything he has ever known for Jace? I know this is by the same team as SIKTC but I'm almost more excited about this book. While we do get a bit of the negative effects of the Order of St George in SIKTC, this book looks deeper at the politics of the order. I learnt more about this world and it's politics from this short volume than I've learnt in 4 volumes of SIKTC and I can't wait to see what is next.

  11. 5 out of 5

    brianna

    this universe is everything to me ❤️

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chantaal

    Honestly, this entire series and world is just so damn good that even though this didn't feel quite up to par with the first two volumes of Something is Killing the Children, it was still a very good book. And heartbreaking. Fucking HEARTBREAKING. Tate Brombal did a good job of keeping up Tynion's high level of writing, and he did some particularly interesting stuff with this script. I especially loved the sequence that has characters in the past and present trading off lines that read as one coh Honestly, this entire series and world is just so damn good that even though this didn't feel quite up to par with the first two volumes of Something is Killing the Children, it was still a very good book. And heartbreaking. Fucking HEARTBREAKING. Tate Brombal did a good job of keeping up Tynion's high level of writing, and he did some particularly interesting stuff with this script. I especially loved the sequence that has characters in the past and present trading off lines that read as one cohesive scene. The art was great, as always, and I truly love Aaron's character design. Something about him is just so satisfying to look at. So glad I took a chance on this series, because I'm loving this world and all the stories within it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    What started out as the biggest comic book release of 2021 ended up being a bit of a whimper. Other than a romance between Aaron and Jace, there’s not much more to this story of love and betrayal that would likely appease fans of Something Is Killing The Children. Here’s hoping the next volume - with its new writing team - manages to add something worthwhile to the lore. I do expect it will be less focussed upon the character we know are already dead.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Not a great spin-off, and tbh I think I'm being generous giving this even 3 stars. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.7 Not a great spin-off, and tbh I think I'm being generous giving this even 3 stars. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.7

  15. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    I loved this book. It fleshed out the world of SIKTC, and made me love Aaron as a character. The romance was very cute and well written. And it was just amazing to see a m/m romance at the center of a story like this. I felt like it was written for me specifically! I can't recommend it enough if you're a fan of SIKTC. 5/5 stars and a new favorite graphic novel. I loved this book. It fleshed out the world of SIKTC, and made me love Aaron as a character. The romance was very cute and well written. And it was just amazing to see a m/m romance at the center of a story like this. I felt like it was written for me specifically! I can't recommend it enough if you're a fan of SIKTC. 5/5 stars and a new favorite graphic novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Where I work, there is a rabid following for Tynion's Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1, and when this book was announced all of the subscribers ordered multiple copies of the first issue, but by issue three, most of them had dropped it. I was worried that this meant there was a dip in quality to the stories. It turns out the old white guys who read SiKtC might be homophobic. This is a solid entry in the SiKtC mythology, as we get a story about Aaron Slaughter and how his queer relationsh Where I work, there is a rabid following for Tynion's Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1, and when this book was announced all of the subscribers ordered multiple copies of the first issue, but by issue three, most of them had dropped it. I was worried that this meant there was a dip in quality to the stories. It turns out the old white guys who read SiKtC might be homophobic. This is a solid entry in the SiKtC mythology, as we get a story about Aaron Slaughter and how his queer relationship as a kid might completely change the future of monster hunting. It's told in easy-to-follow flashback style with comparable art to the main series. The layouts are even more fancy (but not too fancy) than the main series but I never had a problem telling how the artist intended me to read the pages. I'm eager to see how this plays into the larger story, and hope there are more detours like this to expand the universe. If you like horror comics, specifically SiKtC and you aren't completely disarmed by main characters being queer, I highly recommend this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    A fascinating bit of backstory for SiKtC. But, I don't want to lessen this by suggesting this is just backstory. It's a real human story that simultaneously reveals the cruelty of the House and humanity of its members. A great little story that gives us lots of background on a number of characters. A fascinating bit of backstory for SiKtC. But, I don't want to lessen this by suggesting this is just backstory. It's a real human story that simultaneously reveals the cruelty of the House and humanity of its members. A great little story that gives us lots of background on a number of characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Gives Aaron some much needed backstory, cuz Lord knows I couldn't give a single care when he showed up briefly in vol 2 of the main book. A lot of this is pretty paint by numbers, and the ending isn't much a surprise, but it has fleeting moments of some depth, and gives us more insight into the House itself. It's alright at best Gives Aaron some much needed backstory, cuz Lord knows I couldn't give a single care when he showed up briefly in vol 2 of the main book. A lot of this is pretty paint by numbers, and the ending isn't much a surprise, but it has fleeting moments of some depth, and gives us more insight into the House itself. It's alright at best

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nando Gigaba

    I did not enjoy House of Slaughter #1 waiting for #2 was not an option. Having read through House of Slaughter, Vol. 1 I think I would have given up on this after the second issue. Sitting for Volume 1 (#1 to #5) just made this a bit bearable. In this Vol. we meet Jace Boucher, the last Legacy Hunter on American soil who is transferring from Maison De Boucher to the House of Slaughter. Upon arriving at the house, he is assigned a bed in the black mask dorm with Aaron Slaughter whilst they wait f I did not enjoy House of Slaughter #1 waiting for #2 was not an option. Having read through House of Slaughter, Vol. 1 I think I would have given up on this after the second issue. Sitting for Volume 1 (#1 to #5) just made this a bit bearable. In this Vol. we meet Jace Boucher, the last Legacy Hunter on American soil who is transferring from Maison De Boucher to the House of Slaughter. Upon arriving at the house, he is assigned a bed in the black mask dorm with Aaron Slaughter whilst they wait for a bed to be available in the masks dorm where he belongs. The two fall in love, an act that is forbidden at the House Of Slaughter. Fast forward to the future, we discover Aaron is tasked by his house to hunt down and kill Jace, but the two are still in love, which makes killing Jace complicated. In summary, this is a story about forbidden love, grief, and kicking monsters behinds. Something Is Killing The Children, which is the main story is way better written with suspenseful moments, great cliffhangers which make you feel like pulling hairs from the roots in frustration that it's not released day yet, and amazing drawing. House of Slaughter feels like they were trying to capitalize on the success of Something Is Killing The Children, and never lived up to the expectations, but I kinda wanna find out where Volume 2 will take the storyline and if we will see the house falling at some point.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The first volume of House Of Slaughter has a pall cast over it by the fact that we know how this story ends. No matter what we learn about Aaron and his past with the Slaughter House, we know that it doesn't end well for him after his appearances in the main Something Is Killing The Children book. That's not to say you should skip this, though. It fleshes out the world of SIKTC without covering any of the same ground, and it uses some of the ideas we've already met in the parent book to different The first volume of House Of Slaughter has a pall cast over it by the fact that we know how this story ends. No matter what we learn about Aaron and his past with the Slaughter House, we know that it doesn't end well for him after his appearances in the main Something Is Killing The Children book. That's not to say you should skip this, though. It fleshes out the world of SIKTC without covering any of the same ground, and it uses some of the ideas we've already met in the parent book to different effect. It makes the world as a whole more cohesive, and in turn actually puts Erika's resistance against the House Of Slaughter in the main book into perspective. Tynion IV's story, coupled with Tate Brombal's script, makes for a passionate and realistic character piece even while monsters stalk our heroes. It's a story of love lost and love won against all the odds, and even with the knowledge that it won't have a happy ending, the pair manage to scrape out something of a light in the darkness. I honestly thought the artwork was from Werther Dell'Edera, who draws SIKTC, but it is in fact Chris Shehan. He's either doing a great Dell'Edera impression, or the creative team have made sure to select similar artists so that the two books feel visually consistent. House Of Slaughter is a tragedy in five issues, but there are glimmers of hope to be had. Fans of SIKTC will find a different type of story here, but one that both stands on its own two feet, and enhances the main book as well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mick

    A great spin-off that adds to the worldbuilding and character development while telling a great story that would have worked as a main series as well. I was very close to giving it five stars and may change the rating at some point.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Juanan Jones

    3.5/4ish... I actually loved the idea of peeking inside the Order, but I don't think it was very nicely executed. And even with all this back story, Aaron is still a character very difficult to like. Jace in the other hand ❤️ Let's just say I'm very excited Erica will be back later this month! 3.5/4ish... I actually loved the idea of peeking inside the Order, but I don't think it was very nicely executed. And even with all this back story, Aaron is still a character very difficult to like. Jace in the other hand ❤️ Let's just say I'm very excited Erica will be back later this month!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Incoherent, drawn out mess of a spin off to the far superior main series of SIKTC. Too much jumping back and forth, mundane dialogue and some real pacing issues. Hopefully Tynion finds a stronger co-writer for the next arc.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alec Jensen 75

    I am really glad I picked these up. I was much more impressed with this story than the early SIKTC books. Aaron and Jace’s story really opens the door to The House of Slaughter. This universe feels so much bigger and I really like the direction we’re moving.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenni-Elizabeth

    So emotional!! Great story yet again branching out into another of the House of Slaughter members stories.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terry Mcginnis

    A fantastic read and connection to the main series. This one stands alone to deliver an early and very emotional origin story revolving around Erica Slaughter's handler, Aaron. Highly recommended! A fantastic read and connection to the main series. This one stands alone to deliver an early and very emotional origin story revolving around Erica Slaughter's handler, Aaron. Highly recommended!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jade Courtney

    Love the direction this world is heading. This was a promising start of a series (issue 4 was especially great!) and I'm excited to see where it goes. Love the direction this world is heading. This was a promising start of a series (issue 4 was especially great!) and I'm excited to see where it goes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    danielle

    i need more im obsessed

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    I really enjoyed this tangent prequel to Erica’s story in SIKTC. While it expands on the lore of the House of Slaughter a bit (which I assume was Tynion’s guiding contribution), its main focus is an apparently doomed LGBT young adult romance that meaningfully characterizes Aaron from SIKTC. That love story reminded me a bit of Brombal’s other recent work in the Black Hammer side book Barbalien, but the two are different enough to be distinct. Aaron has shown up a few times in SIKTC, but this is I really enjoyed this tangent prequel to Erica’s story in SIKTC. While it expands on the lore of the House of Slaughter a bit (which I assume was Tynion’s guiding contribution), its main focus is an apparently doomed LGBT young adult romance that meaningfully characterizes Aaron from SIKTC. That love story reminded me a bit of Brombal’s other recent work in the Black Hammer side book Barbalien, but the two are different enough to be distinct. Aaron has shown up a few times in SIKTC, but this is the first time I’ve cared about him as much more than a neat looking character design. It’s a darkly colored comic that’s nice to look at, too!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    MORE, MORE, MORE!!

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