Review: Will Malik Survive To Discover A Living God In ‘We Only Find Them When They’re Dead’ #3?

by Brendan M. Allen

‘Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II are trapped in warp space, as they’re pursued by the mysterious government agent Richter. They have two choices – drop out of warp speed and risk being destroyed by Richter, or stay in warp until their engines explode from overheating. Who will survive long enough to discover a living God?’

In We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #3, Captain Malik has some decisions to make. He’s obviously pissed this Paula lady off, to the point she’ll shirk off duty and disregard her own personal safety just to bring this one crew down. There’s no good outcome, unless Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II think fast and get incredibly lucky.

Al Ewing serves up an incredibly tense script for this chapter. The whole series could have ended right here, in a spectacular ball of blinding light, and in just a couple chapters, Ewing has managed to make us care that it doesn’t. I have so many questions. I really want to know what Malik did that made Richter literally want to murder him. I want to know what the hell Malik thinks he’s going to do with a live god if he ever finds one. I want to know what god flesh tastes like. It’s got to be chicken, right?

That’s the stuff that’s going to make me see this thing through.

The art in this series is phenomenal. Simone Di Meo has created an absolutely gorgeous aesthetic that works as well in the wide shots of the vast expanses of space as it does in the tight confines of the interior shots. 

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead started off strong right out of the gate, and then seemed to stall a little in the second installment. This chapter picks the pace back up, and signs off with an explosive cowboy cliffhanger that changes the entire game. WOFTWTD is a strong contender for Best New Series of 2020.

 

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #3, BOOM! Studios, 11 November 2020. Written by Al Ewing, illustrated by Simone Di Meo, color assists by Mariasara Miotti, letters by AndWorld Design.

Summary

Captain Malik has two choices – drop out of warp speed and risk being destroyed by Richter, or stay in warp until his engines explode from overheating.

Overall
8.5/10
8.5/10

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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