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We Only Find Them When They're Dead, Vol. 1: The Seeker

(We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1-5)

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Captain Malik and the crew of his spaceship are in search of the only resources that matter – and can only be found by harvesting the giant corpses of alien gods that are found on the edge of human space..and now they see an opportunity to finally break free from this system: by being the first to find a living god.

Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 11th 2021 by BOOM! Studios (first published April 29th 2021)
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May 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: single-issues, 2021
These scavenger ships mine the flesh of dead Gods floating in space. They are monitored by overzealous space cops, one of which has a grudge with our captain. It's an intriguing setup, but not nearly enough world building yet. The series is severely decompressed, it felt padded out for four issues finally delivering the history between the Georges and Richtor in the fifth issue. There's also some confusing time hopping going on. Still, I'm intrigued.

Simone Di Meo's art is gorgeous. My only compl
Sam Quixote
Jun 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
Small butcher-spacecraft carve up the corpses of dead gods floating in space. But then one of these small butcher-spacecrafts decides to “go rogue” and see a live god. Which is against the rules for some reason so a space cop chases after them.

This was awful. I mean… what?! People carving up god corpses for meat - could there be anything more banal as a premise!? For food. Do the people of the future not have cows or chickens anymore? They’ve mastered warp speed but haven’t figured out how to m
Paul E. Morph
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge fan of Al Ewing and, true to form, the story here is really good. There are some great ideas here and some really emotionally powerful scenes as well as a nice plot twist towards the end. If I had one complaint it would be that it suffers slightly from bloat; this story could have been told equally well in three issues, rather than five.

As for the artwork, well, the line work is really good but I’m not a fan of the colouring. There’s a disturbing trend in comicbooks at the moment to u
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
The art us glorious. The story a big mess. The world building is so confusing. The time jumps and parallel stories are too jumbled to resemble a full story. I'd read the first 2 issues and decided to jump on board for a tpb..was dissapointed ...more
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
The first issue is astonishing and breathtaking. The whole premise is inconceivable and the consequencies immeasurable!

Then, an unneeded family drama bushwacks and hits heavily the whole plot. Until the last issue, it's an unfortunate trainwreck...
Chris Lemmerman
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Al Ewing's first creator owned effort at Boom! follows the crew of a salvage ship that liberates pieces of dead gods in order to sell them and keep the universe running. The rules around salvaging these body parts are tight, and there's an unspoken history between the captain of the ship that we follow, and the captain of the guard that unfolds across this first arc as both parties do the unspeakable.

WOFTWTD is the most ungainly acronym I've had to type in a while, but it's a damn good book so I
Jason Ashmore
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jason by: ircb
I read this as individual issues as it was released. The premise was intriguing and I liked what I had seen of the art from previews so I subscribed. Overall I've enjoyed this first arc and I think there's alot of promise here. I felt like the pacing was uneven at points and a coupe issues in I nearly gave up on the book but glad I didn't. I really picked up again near the end. In alot of ways I'd label this one as a space soap opera but not entirely in a bad way. This art is gorgeous and even i ...more
Alex Sarll
Al Ewing finally drops his first creator-owned comic, and it plays into the big cosmic stuff with which he demonstrated such flair at Marvel, giving us a society centuries hence built around mining the bodies of gigantic space-gods; as per the title, nobody has ever seen a live one. I'm not sure how long it's been in the works, but the notion of a world where the only way to scrape a living is to find things of awe and beauty, and then render them down for parts, is profoundly 2020s, especially ...more
david Wood
Jan 29, 2021 rated it did not like it
Started off full of promise but sadly wound up a confusing mess
I was incredibly disappointed in this one, especially with my high expectations given Ewing’s terrific run on Immortal Hulk. I was hoping to get some weird Space Opera stuff along the lines of Outer Darkness, Vol. 1: Each Other's Throats, but this doesn’t compare. It’s basically that scene from Guardians of the Galaxy when they go to Knowhere, which is the decapitated moon-sized head of a dead Celestial that various aliens are mining for who-knows-what-purpose. Or how they use all the stuff from ...more
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
The issue-by-issue format claims another victim, as a lovely premise gets bogged down by unnecessary cliffhangers and confusing time jumps, rushing from one mystery to the next readers as long as the readers keep buying.

So, there are giant dead gods floating in space, and humans are decomposing their remains for food and technology. The intriguing setup is unfortunately the highpoint of this comic. Soon we are off down the well trodden path of evil corporations, struggling space miners, and gene
Judah Radd
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: boom-comics
Hell yeah. This is fucking great.

This is like... that kind of sci fi you experience only rarely that captures your imagination and blows your mind. It has heart, gorgeous neon pages, big concepts that are always tethered to the human condition. I was sad when I finished and I can’t wait for more. I may have to add this title to my pulls and keep rocking the ::gasp:: floppies. Don’t think I can trade wait this out. You’ll see.

Big time yes, def read.
May 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Aside from any review, the series owes a deep, deep debt to James Morrow's Godhead books.

On it's own merits, blame can be equally split between the author and illustrator. The series timeline jumps are unclear early on and require frequent page-flipping to keep track, and the overly dark palette and swooping layouts lead to problems appreciating scales and actions.
Alan Flores
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it
First of all I want to acknowledge how great of a writer Al Ewing is; in 7 words title alone he makes a better story than must writers do.

The story is good, has an interesting set up, a sci-fi pulp adventure feeling with hints of cosmic horror.

But it never catches on because of the chaotic nature of Di Meo’s drawings. He is amazing at capturing the enormous scale of thing like spaceships or planets, and the fast action fulled starship fights, but when he needs to slow down so we can feel a pers
Kevin Kelsey
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2021
I'm curious about what's going on in the larger story, but I couldn't care less about these characters. ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great book! I buddy of mine recommended it, and I was not disappointed. The artwork and the story are both great. Many times I felt I was looking at and reading poetry. I am very intrigued with where this storyline goes. Great introduction of characters and the world they live in. I have so many questions about the characters and their world, but not in a frustrating way. In a way that makes me want to read more. I can't wait for the next issue. If you like sci-fi and/or philosophical ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
In the 2300s, humans have to search the far ends of the galaxy for giant alien corpses and harvest them for resources. Autopsy space ships collect meat, metals and minerals from these beautiful dead bodies they call gods and no-one’s ever seen an alive one. A grew of four on an autopsy ship wants to be the first ones.

The setting of the story was super interesting! It’s like a space mystery and I was dying to learn more about these celestial bodies future humans depend on. Who are the gods? Wher
Billy Jepma
Mar 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, comics
“The Gods are always beautiful. And the Gods are always dead.”

There is so much about this that I loved, but it didn’t quite come together enough to make me care about it all that much. Ewing’s imagination is terrific, and the world he’s developing here is dense, fascinating, and steeped in anti-capitalistic ideals (among other timely themes) that I’m all about. But the character work is painted in broad strokes, and motivations never coalesce in a way that makes them feel tangible. I like th
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fun and weird and daring. Feels like a horror story set on the sea in the distant past, which it basically is though ironically I’d probly never be interested in one of those. But make the story a bit more SPACE and I’m on board!! The only things that get in the way of all this joy is 1) too many new characters are thrown at us at times and I can rarely tell who any of them are because either 2) they’re wearing a helmet or 3) they don’t clearly tell us their names and their relation to the other ...more
Adam Stone
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
While the story went off the rails a bit at the end, I'm intrigued to read the next chapter. It has a solid sci-fi premise: fuel miners collect energy from the corpses of dead gods in a world that is heavily regulated by the military. It veers away from tropes. It includes a diverse cast where the queer interracial relationship between two of the main characters is never mentioned as out of the ordianary, it's just two of the characters have a relationship, they're both male-identified and from ...more
Will Brown
May 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I got strong Love, Death, & Robots vibes from this. In the far flung future, a Captain and his crew struggle to make ends meet and live fulfilling lives as they continually venture out to carve off pieces of giant corpses.

It’s a slow burning story that prefers to focus on the juicy interpersonal drama more than the sci-fi setting it’s created (which’s great, but I would LOVE to see explored more). That’s probably this volume’s biggest flaw. It really feels like it’s just act 1 of a story that ha
Panagiotis G.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
Well, I don't know. Main characters were kind of interesting, but they get scattered around the universe right when we get to know them better through a back story. Main story is vague enough, feels too much stretched and up to a point meaningless. Creatures called "gods" are lying around space.. even when they are alive and seem to have no purpose, none other than that of them being scavenged from our humans. Artwork is very good and powerful, only the element of too much blurring tired me a bi ...more
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
What this book does right:
- Awe-inspiring premise that carries a huge part of the story.
- Good sense of character voice, mostly good characterization (see cons).
- The art is breathtaking and properly captures the scope of the book.

Where it falters:
- Pacing. Flashback placement in the later issues hinders the action.
- Partly due to the above, emotional anchorage could have been better delivered (show, don't tell).

- The art, while mostly breathtaking, could use more variety in framing, th
Jun 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Almost 4 stars. Really strong entrance to a series. There were a few pages of copy-pasted panels and speech bubbles that were supposed to create a montage and enhance a relationship between characters, but I'd much prefer more details and scenes between those characters. The characters were just on the edge of being fully realized, so I'm looking forward to the next volume.

I'd also love some more worldbuilding as to how this "industry" functions: how are the parts of the gods used in society? H
Lukas Holmes
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
So. I just love this concept. It's such a great, high concept and I want it! But, this is poorly done so far. The art is just incredible. But the story is so, muddled and stumbling and we are not being given much in terms of character development and the stuff you want to hear, how we got here, what it means, where we're going, is forsaken for really poorly executed plot points about this ship and a family. Now, the end of this issue/volume I hope speaks to a direction that we really want this t ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Absolutely gorgeous artwork by Di Meo makes this a worthy buy all on its own. The story, though the premise is super unique and interesting, doesn’t quite live up to the high caliber illustrations. I enjoyed the prose, especially the back and forth conversations between the crew, but the main conflict between Georges and Paula felt a bit too one-note. Some parts of the world are so interesting, but haven’t been explained or explored at all yet. That end twist was great though, and I’ll definitel ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Such a let down :( I was expecting something different, I guess. Something Expanse-y? Interesting concept, meh storyline. It was a bit disjointed, so in a few parts I was confused. I didn't care about the characters at all, and after a while I stopped caring about what happens next, and I hate that feeling. It was the title that drew my attention most of all. Very catchy. The illustrations were amazing! They were the best thing about this. ...more
Matty Dub
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
I thought it started great with 3 solid issues but quickly lost steam in the last two.

The setting and world seems so important but is mostly unexplained and feels undercooked while the story almost exclusively focuses on the animosity between Richter and George. Story-wise I felt let down a bit.

The art is stunning but the same environment are present over and over again and I started feeling like I was looking at the same thing for 100+ pages by the end.
Wouter Dhondt
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
Amazing setting and world building. Giant dead alien beings (Gods?) floating in space are harvested by autopsy ships for resources (meat, bone, ...) while the government is using escort fighter ships to suppress the black market of said resources.

While the setting is great and unique, the story itself is pretty basic. The art and coloring is phenomenal.

I'd like to continue reading, but more out of interest in the setting and the art.
James DeSantis
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
A weird, violent, space opera mixed with family drama that ends as confusing as it starts.

I really can't speak much on the story as I understood the baseline of it and the family part but the actual gods part? Still confused as fuck what was happening, why they do what they do, and the ending was weird. I will however say the art is gorgeous and some of the coolest looking space shots I've ever seen.

I'm intrigued to try book 2 but didn't love this. a 3 out of 5.
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