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We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 Review - God is Dead, We have a Body...

Al Ewing (Writer) • Simone Di Meo (Pencils - Cover)

Mariasara Mioti (Colors) • Boom Studios (Publisher)

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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 miners that have the grisly task of mining corpses so enormous in scope and scale that they are believed to be the bodies of gods. The title of the book comes from the fact that no one has ever seen any of these beings while they are alive. This leads the crew and the reader to ask the obvious question of what forces are out there powerful enough to kill these beings?

The crew competes with other minors for prime cuts of the creatures. It's morbid and presented in shocking detail. Imagine finding Galactus's body floating in space and then strip-mined for parts. It's a grisly concept but it also makes the series stand out amongst other series on the shelves.

Simone Di Meo does great work on this issue. If you read his work on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers you'll have a good idea what to expect here. The comic also carries the Boom Studios house style and color palette. The only drawback is there are so many elements introduced that it was easy to get lost while reading the book at times. This became an issue when the enormity of the entities was contrast against the ships mining them.

The problem I've noticed with Boom over the past few years is the decompression of storytelling and a plurality of issues that don't really stand up as standalone stories. With the conclusion of We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 it's more of the same. We're still in setup territory of the series. To its credit the concept here is interesting but I'm not sure how much mileage the series has beyond the initial arcs. I'll stick with the series and see where it goes but I'm not quite hooked as of yet.

Rating: 8/10