Zachary Clayton

The Empty Man #1 – Filling You With Horror

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Horror abounds in the new book, The Empty Man, from Boom! Studios.  It’ll be sure to have you saying, “Is that skin?!”


The Empty Man #1 cover via


The Empty Man #1
Created & Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Vanesa R Del Rey
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release date: June 11, 2014

Buy Empty Man #1 (of 6) today!

The Empty Man, a new horror-mystery published by Boom! revolves around a couple of Feds assigned to the “Empty Man” case.  A case that involves people becoming hysterical with madness and then killing themselves in very grotesque ways.  Not a lot of details are given, naturally, because we get no insight prior to meeting agents Walter Langford and Monica Jensen.  So, we the reader are along for the ride to figure it all out.  Right away, The Empty Man reminds me of The X-Files.  I loved that show, even though it fizzled at the end, and I will probably enjoy this book quite a bit.  Now, I use the word”‘probably” because they can’t all be winners.  And I don’t feel that the artwork by Vanesa R. Del Rey fits into The Empty Man very well.  I’m not saying it’s bad, because it’s not.  It just doesn’t feel right with the setting this book provides.  What I mean by this is: The Empty Man is a horror-mystery-supernatural-type of book.  It needs clarity of detail.  When a victim meets a horrible end, I don’t want to be second-guessing what I’m looking at.  And, a lot of the time, that’s exactly what I was doing.  There was an amount of vagueness to, what I thought were, some of the most important panels.

Cullen Bunn’s story, is capturing right away.  Starting the story by introducing us to some southern religious zealots, always gets me salivating.  You know those weirdos are up to no-good, and their presence is usually preceded by chaos, mass murder, or the coming of Satan.  They dance with snakes all under the guise that they’ll get a free ticket to paradise for their compliance.  But really, they just allow themselves to become dinner for whatever horror it is they’ve unleashed on the non-believers.  As the story gets weirder, I’m left thinking, “What the hell is going on?”  This story could turn out a number of ways, I just hope none of them are disappointing and predictable, because The Empty Man has a lot of potential.

Also, I thought it was weird that are heroes are on the cover, dead, as they clearly don’t die…or will they?  Get a copy Empty Man #1 (of 6) before everyone else goes cheese and crackers, and let us know how it was!  I’ll be hiding under my bed!

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