Review – We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6
Story by Al Ewing
Art by Simone Di Meo
Colours by Simone Di Meo, Mariasara Miotti
Letters by AndWorld Design
Cover by Simone di Meo
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Release Date May 2021
Fifty years have passed since Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II embarked on their fateful mission and the universe has changed in ways no one ever expected.
Jason Hauer, one of the fated Vihaan II crew, is now 71 years old and living a life on the razor’s edge between the Harvesters and the Worshippers. But as these rival religious factions clash throughout the galaxy, Jason finds himself thrown into the centre of the chaos and forced to confront his tortured past.
But the only people who can help Jason have their own secret agenda-one that may bring him face to face with Captain Malik in ways beyond comprehension…
Writer: Al Ewing
Ewing starts the issue exactly as he finished issue 5. A god-sized Georges Malik explodes into the universe nine years after he led his crew to find gods. His final scream is witnessed by a nearby autopsy ship, now struggling as the supply of gods seems to have dried up. The action then jumps forward to 2414 where the duplicitous Marlyn Chen en route to the new colony of Worshippers who orbit around the dead corpse of Malik. It’s never explained why in a universe of limited resources he was never harvested but I’m sure Ewing will fill in that hole at some point.
Art by Simone Di Meo
The art is as visually stunning as before, but the problem is that most of the issue takes place during conversations to Di Meo’s 3D design doesn’t fit with some of the script or action. I’m going to give them a few more issues to get back to the bonkers floating gods and leave the politics and dialogue behind.
Compared to the first five issues, this is a much slower dialogue-heavy issue and call me a cynic but the holes in the story that we could ignore in previous issues now come to the forefront. The justle between Malik and Richter gave tension and allowed the lesser cast to hide in plain view. With this jump forward in time, we’re disconnected from the original arc and it feels like a painful wound.
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