Series: We Only Find Them When They’re Dead
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Simone Di Meo with Mariasara Miotti
Letters: AndWorld Design
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Published: September 2, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: For fans of Decorum and Something is Killing the Children comes a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk) and Simone Di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II harvest resources from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into danger at the darkest reaches of space and face — unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…
“The first time you see a God is a moment you never forget. Their impossible scale. The sheer immensity of them. Their impossible beauty. The Gods are always beautiful. And the Gods are always dead.”
As described in the publisher’s summary above, We Only Find Them When They’re Dead focuses on crews of scavengers that harvest resources from the corpses of alien gods… I’m not sure what else I have to say to get you interested in this series; if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will. Conceptually, We Only Find Them When They’re Dead is brilliant.
Writer Al Ewing hits the ground running, wasting no time at all, immediately immersing readers in action and intrigue. We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 does everything that a series debut should and more. Ewing makes it difficult to stop reading, hinting at additional depth and danger in almost every panel. We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 moves extremely fast, without missing a beat; readers are brought up to speed with what reads like relative ease.
Simone Di Meo’s artwork is utterly breathtaking. With the bright lights of futuristic tech positioned in front of the dark, infinite expanse of space, each detail-packed page asks readers to stay a little longer and stare a little harder. I never thought that an autopsy could be so beautiful…
While the entire book is exciting, its final page is spine-tingling. I’m unsure of where this series is heading, but I a positive that I want to stick around for the ride. I urge you to do the same.
The Bottom Line
Electric and spine-tingling, We Only Find Them When They’re Dead is brilliant. This debut issue is near-perfect; the series demands to be read.