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: 22 User Reviews: 39
8.5Critic Rating
8.3User 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
    Geek'd Out - Josh Rose Sep 2, 2020

    We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 is about a crew that decides to boldly go where no one has gone before out of economic desperation. It's like a Star Trek adventure with a cyberpunk dystopian flair. At the very least, go pick this up for the art alone. 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

  • 9.0
    BGCP - Rachel Williams May 4, 2021

    Overall, We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 is a fantastic read. The writing, art, and colors are a powerhouse that brings to life this grand cosmic story. It's a top notch story that showcases the talent of Al Ewing. Now if future installments focus on the characters as much as the premise, then WOFTWTD might shape up to be one of the best modern sci-fi comics. 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

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 2, 2020

    We Only Find Them When They're Dead is one of the most ambitious debuts of 2020, and it appears that Di Meo and Ewing are ready to deliver on all of its strange promise. 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

  • 10
    Rauld Sep 2, 2020

    Wow this was good. If you like space sci fi then this is it. extremely well written and the art is just gorgeous. Can’t say anything bad about this

  • 10
    GammaBurst Sep 2, 2020

    Great, as expected from Ewing (when he's not working with mediocre writers)!

  • 9.0
    Liem Duong Sep 11, 2020

    Wow, what an amazing first issue. Boom! Studios has been killing it on comics, and another stellar debut comes in by way of Al Ewing and Simon Di Meo. The biggest strength of this book is the world-building combined with the art, how Ewing and Di Meo sets up our story is so fascinating, captivating and unique. Dead Gods wandering in space, and humans mine their corpse for resources. Really neat ideas, combined with some amazing art and colors by Di Meo and Miotti. They way Di Meo captures sci-fi landscapes, spaceships, the gods, combined with the stellar colors makes for an absolute beauty visually.

    Not alot of things happening in terms of the progression of the plot, but the set up, the world Ewing has built in this first issue more

  • 9.0
    ZodTee Sep 5, 2020

    Praise my God, Al Ewing. This was great but the lettering was weird in places.

  • 9.0
    Bill Blaze Sep 4, 2020

    Damn fine first issue. Very compelling and gorgeous visuals.

  • 9.0
    Psycamorean Sep 2, 2020

    Of the two new indie launches from Boom! Studios, I found this one much more compelling and entertaining. Probably because it wasn't a Saga-Esque exposition issue.

  • 8.5
    Eren Esirci Sep 26, 2020

    We Only Find Them When They're Dead(oldukça uzun bir isim) bana kalırsa iyi bir başlangıç. Fakat beklediğimin biraz altındaydı. Seri başlamadan önce oldukça büyük bir hype yaratmıştım kendime ama sayının -her ne kadar iyi bir sayı olsa da- bunu karşıladığını düşünmüyorum. Yine de kesinlikle kötü değil. Başlangıç için biraz yavaş olsa da serinin sonradan açılacağından şüphem yok. Seride olacak olaylar için bizi hazırlama aşamasındalar şu anda ve iyi bir zemin oluşturdular doğrusu. Özgün bir dünyanın kapılarını aralıyoruz. Hikayenin iyi olması için ellerinden geldiğini yaptıklarına eminim. İnanılmaz derecede iyi tasarlanmış bir evren okuyacağımıza da şüphe yok. Renkler de more

  • 8.5
    Kalaoui Sep 15, 2020

    Intriguing story and as far as first issue goes it does everything I want. Setup the premise, keep me entertained, guessing what's next and make me want to come back for more. Ewing does that very well. I still hold judgement on where we go but very promising start. The art from Di Meo is fantastic and vibrant and is does a lot of heavy lifting here.

  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine Sep 9, 2020

    The art was really nice and I like the concept generally. A little bit too much “as you know” at times, but mostly enjoyable!

  • 8.5
    Father_Gascoigne Sep 4, 2020

    The only other Al Ewing I've read is Immortal Hulk (recommendations, anyone?), but I can safely say the man knows how to leave you hanging at the end of an issue.

    The world building within this issue was just enough to wet my taste buds and keep me coming back for more; I feel like Malik has the ability to become one of the more interesting Ahab-esque characters in modern comics.

    Definitely interested in seeing where this goes from here.

  • 8.0
    I Review Comics Nov 5, 2020

    Boom Studios and AWA Upshot are two of the hottest publishers in comics. While I personally prefer the gritty stylings of AWA. Boom Studios would be what I consider to be a more mainstream option. Boom tends to offer the more traditional storytelling elements I grew up reading from Marvel and DC comics.

    We Only Find Them When They're Dead is written by Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk, Ultimates) and illustrated by Simone Di Meo (Power Rangers). I've never actually reviewed an Al Ewing book but I know his work has been well-received, especially on immortal Hulk. Simone, on the other hand, is one of my favorite artists working today and on the strength of that, I decided to give the title a shot.

    The title follows a group of more

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Sep 6, 2020

    The world and premise are introduced nicely; it's essentially a futurized fishing economy getting choked out by corporatization. It's a pretty quick read though, so there isn't enough time to feel invested in the characters. A double-length first issue might have helped.

  • 7.5
    Briton Sep 21, 2020

    Ho hum. I'll give it another issue, but it lacks originality so far.

  • 3.5
    HallowsEveCat Mar 30, 2021

    Not a fan. The covers are cool though.

  • 3.0
    c.oliv Sep 12, 2020

    Pretty annoying
    Artwork s very nice but not original at all

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