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THE EMPTY MAN RETURNS THIS NOVEMBER
The Empty Man was a comic I caught too late. This November I'll have a chance to experience it anew as BOOM! Studios has announced it's coming back. Writer Cullen Bunn is returning to this chilling world and this time he's joined by artist Jesús Hervás. The series was originally illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Ray.
The Empty Man is set in a world where a terrifying disease has taken on almost deific connotations. No one knows what causes it. The symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia. The end result is death or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia.
The new series drops us back into this world gripped by the Empty Man pandemic. Mandatory government quarantines are in effect, so the afflicted Melissa Kerry should be isolated, but whoever enters the system is never seen again. Her family won't let that happen. They just have to take care of her and keep her condition a secret. They'll do anything and trust anyone to keep her safe.
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“Why am I writing this book now? I guess I could say the Empty Man made me do it,” said Cullen Bunn. “The original run of The Empty Man came out during a time of great uncertainty and fear in my life. The story, with its air of surreal dread and horror, seemed to mirror a lot of what was going on in my head. It's only fitting, then, that we return to The Empty Man now, during another strange and uncertain time in my life. Maybe unease and unpredictability and restlessness are part of the sorcery that calls The Empty Man into existence. I always knew it would come back. The story is so much larger and stranger than the tale that's already been told. If you haven't read the original limited series, don't despair. The new book sets everything up for you. There's a new mystery to be solved and new horrors to be revealed. And, for those of you who have read the original series, there will be plenty of connective tissue to grab onto. The world of The Empty Man is only getting weirder as the influence of this terrifying unseen force continues to spread. “
“The horror genre has always been one of my favorites, first as a reader and spectator and later as an artist, so I’m excited to join The Empty Man family. Not only is this the kind of story I enjoy personally, but I get the opportunity to work with Cullen Bunn, who’s created such a hypnotic and disturbing series.” said Jesús Hervás. “Drawing terror is always fun because it has its own codes and allows you to explore very experimental, creative ways. Vanesa really did an amazing job in the first series, so joining the party to continue in her artistic footsteps is an exciting challenge. The look of this book is inspired by a number of diverse sources, from Goya to HR Giger, and I’m excited for fans to check it out!”
The Empty Man #1 debuts in November. It will feature a main cover by Del Ray and a variant by Hervás.
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