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We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Simone Di Meo Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: September 2, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 26
8.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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* 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) on the edge of space where humanity is harvesting the corpses of giant alien gods to survive.
* No one has ever seen a living god, but Captain Malik is obsessed with being the first.
* Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II harvest the only resources that matter 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 more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Max Funkey Sep 2, 2020

    We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 is a brilliant first step into a cold and uncaring universe. It serves as both fascinating science fiction, and condemnation of the systems that dehumanize us. I am usually very difficult to please when it comes to sci-fi, but this series will remain on my pull list until it ends. This issue is a must-read for fans of science fiction. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bookcase - Gabe Gonzalez Sep 2, 2020

    A fantastic first issue, and an amazing first look at the world of a brand-new sci-fi epic. The artwork and writing combine to craft a powerhouse of a comic that might be the best book of 2020 if the quality stays this high. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Sep 2, 2020

    Electric and spine-tingling, We Only Find Them When They're Deadis brilliant. This debut issue is near-perfect; the series demands to be read. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 2, 2020

    Simone Di Meo has some beautiful character designs in this issue. Not only do they look great, but the ships, backgrounds and panels are all dynamic and interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Aug 24, 2020

    We Only Find Them When They're Dead is such a clear and effective means of establishing a world's rules through just a single instance that by virtue, it also becomes immediately clear why someone would set out to find a living god. To prove that this is not all there is. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Sep 11, 2020

    A beautifully illustrated debut from Simone Di Meo & Al Ewing with an original sci-fi story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Sep 2, 2020

    We Only Find Them When They’re Dead is off to a wonderful start. Ewing, Di Meo, and Miotti deliver some of their best work. If you’ve enjoyed any of these creators’ previous works you know they are not ones to hold back and this issue is no different. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Aug 26, 2020

    As far as high concept sci-fi pitches go, We Only Find Them When They're Dead succeeds in presenting poignant prose and incredible artwork. Ewing's writing is forward and direct that manages to articulate the action and motives of the crew at a particular juncture time while also tantalizing the reader of the grander scope of the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    On Comics Ground - Avalon Willowbloom Sep 4, 2020

    I was pretty sure I was going to like this based on its premise alone, but in execution I'm surprised by how enthused I am to read the rest. The art is vibrant and gorgeous with very fine outlines that make it feel like the ships and characters could get swallowed by the immensity of space at any moment and despite having an admittedly dark premise, doesn't sacrifice anything in its art style; the characters are all visually distinct from each other and their dialogue hints at their personalities and relationships without distracting from the overall story. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Ethan Coney Sep 2, 2020

    It's obvious Al Ewing has a well thought out story to tell and the first issue will hype up readers with many teases of sub and main plots including that big plan reveal at the end that will surely have numerous comic fans set to pick up the second issue. An intriguing beginning. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Aug 26, 2020

    We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 begins a story about finding meaning after the passing of something important. Because you never know what those connections can inspire. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Sep 1, 2020

    This sci-fi epic promises to be just as heavy on emotion as spaceships and sweet visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Sep 1, 2020

    We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 has a very catchy title (a little long) and has a nice sci-fi story to go along with it. The creative team creates solid ground for this series to launch from. We get a good set-up and start to a brand new world filled with tons of mystery and intrigue throughout. If you are looking for a new and interesting sci-fi story with a wild concept and some sleek visuals, then look no further than We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Sep 4, 2020

    One of the most prolific writers of our era has come out with a creator-owned property on one of the best leveraged imprints in the biz. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Aug 28, 2020

    Ewing's dialogue does a tango with Simone Di Meo's artwork. Initially, the technobabble and officiousness of the chatter sit at odds with a beautiful, glorified style. Aesthetics harnessing the sprawling desolation and wonderment of an extraterrestrial frontier. As Ewing's coded words are revealed beyond their surface inference, possibilities outside the normal workaday of commercial space begin matching the visuals. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Kenneth Laster Sep 3, 2020

    A slow burn introduction that has you coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Sep 6, 2020

    The only scavenging left is the corpse of dead deities. and everyone wants a piece of that action! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Sep 2, 2020

    All in all, this is a mixed bag for me. Ewing has a plan in place for sure and I am sure that there will be meta-textual metaphors to enjoy and discuss. For right now though, fans of Ewing will have to be a little patient. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Landers Sep 9, 2020

    This may not be the strongest first issue, but the concept is top-notch sci-fi/fantasy, and with time, it could grow to be a very cool book. Ewing, a highly praised (and deservedly so) comic book writer, has earned the readers patience with letting him ease into the story and characters. Hopefully, next issue will lead to a little more of the character and plot development everyone knows he is capable of. Read Full Review

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