That's the premise of The Rage, a French comic written by Pierre Boisserie with art by Malo Kerfriden in which a new, virulent form of rabies turns children — and only children — into mindless killers. It's a disturbing, but genuinely interesting twist on the genre, and you can see a trailer for the comic above.
Here's the official synopsis:
A new pandemic virus, a mutated form of rabies, spreads throughout the world. It affects only children, turning them into mindless, violent killers, hungry for blood.
Now humanity faces an impossible choice: kill every child – or face extinction… The government tries to save those infected by keeping them locked away until a treatment becomes possible.
The government men find protecting the children more and more difficult, however, for large militia groups now roam the land – with a single-minded purpose: to kill all the infected, and cleanse the world of the virus. Meet Amina; a young mother battling to save her son – but she finds not only their lives hanging in the balance, but her humanity, and that of everyone around her, too.
It sounds immensely disconcerting, much like Battle Royale or The Hunger Games, but with the possibility of being equally thought-provoking. You can check it out for yourself with The Rage Vol. 1: Zombie Generation comes out next week on October 7th from Titan Publishing.