Oops! All Heists! (We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6)
Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Simone Di Meo
Colors by Mariasara Miotti
Letters by AndWorld Design
Previously on WOFTWTD
We’re halfway through the twenty-fourth century and humanity has spread out among the stars. Unfortunately, we’ve also rapidly exhausted our resources and have been mining the corpses of moon-sized humanoids found dead floating on the edge of the galaxy’s borders through the use of specialized craft and tightly controlled markets for materials. These Autopsy Ships mine the so-called gods for the meat, bones, organs, fluids, and whatever else can be extracted that’s of use as a way to eke out a meager living while powerful corporations grab the most important, and expensive, components for themselves. All the while, a heavily militarized police state monitors the mining and doles out fatal punishments to anyone that tries to get away with unregistered materials or challenge the companies.
The first book of WOFTWTD, consisting of the first five issues, followed the crew of the Vihaan 2, with the primary point of view being Captain Georges Malik as he did the unthinkable: searched for a living god beyond the edges of the known and monitored space. Throughout those five issues, we learned what drove him to this quest and met the three people under his command and the cop-with-a-grudge-and-history, Paula, that has been following him for decades. After a bit of trickery on Paula’s part, she manages to follow the Vihaan 2 as it jumps to hyperspeed to destinations unknown and sticks with them until they stop. I won’t go too deep into details, but there’s a stand-off on the lap of a living god where we learn the truth of why she hates Georges and why he’s so guarded and dour with the crew that ends with a crew member and Paula dying while Georges makes off with Paula’s ship to find more living gods. Meanwhile, the two surviving crew members, a pair of siblings, one of whom was Georges’ boyfriend prior to learning the truth about him, return home with the Vihaan 2.
This time on WOFTWTD
We’ve jumped forward fifty years or so from the events of the first Book and into the point of view of Ambassador Marlyn Chen and her AI crew. She is setting out to Malik’s Flight, a rebel colony on the outskirts of the galaxy and the site of a building cult springing up around a god corpse bearing a suspicious resemblance to the captain of an autopsy ship that disappeared nearly fifty years ago. This corpse arrived alive almost ten years after Georges Malik flew his crew into the void in search of a living god and seems to be the transfigured body of Georges himself. The cult that has sprung up around this corpse has taken the stance that the gods are returning to absolve humanity of its numerous sins. It is here that we are reintroduced to Jason Hauer, Georges’ boyfriend and one of two surviving members of the Vihaan 2. He’s the figurehead of this gods-worshipping cult and the leader of Malik’s Flight and it is during this conversation that we are given a glimpse of Marlyn Chen’s true mission and the plot of this book.
My thoughts on WOFTWTD
I still absolutely adore this series. The art is as colorful as ever and the new characters we’re introduced to are a nice contrast to the cast of the first five issues. I’m hoping that the supporting cast gets more attention this time, but I’m really excited to learn more about the mystery behind the gods and the implications that are set up in this issue are really interesting to me. I love stories that play with concepts like divinity, identity, and spirituality, and in addition to the heist adventure vibes that have been present in this series since the beginning, We Only Find Them When They’re Dead is clearly setting out to do exactly that. This series is absolutely worth your time and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
- The art is vibrant and layered with thick detail that’s easy to miss on first pass and a delight on repeat viewings.
- The characters are all very distinct from each other and none of them feel boring, which is always a plus.
- Another heist, hell yeah!
- While colorful and layered, the art can be a bit busy at times and might be overwhelming for some people.
- The design of the faces is a little repetitive and a bit hard to distinguish at times.