Hack Issues: Week Of 4/1/15 – Empire of the Dead

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Well, it’s April Fool’s Day at the comic shop this week, and yours truly will be doing an annual tradition of digging out all 10 issues of one of Marvel’s finest comics of all time, the 1990 Fool Killer series. That’s just my thing though, there’s plenty of new comics on the racks as well, for your perusal pleasure. The beginning of the third and final act of another Marvel book, a brand new epic from the king of the zombies himself, George Romero, takes home the spotlight this week.

 

Empire of the Dead has been a fun read so far. It’s 100% George A. Romero, and feels like the perfect successor to the 2005 film Land of the Dead. With the undead roaming outside, New York has become a quarantine zone, a place where survivors can seek refuge. Zombies, or “stinkers” are captured by wranglers and put in gladiatorial combat inside the arena, entertainment provided to the wealthy by the mayor, who just so happens to have a secret of his own. Turns out zombies aren’t the only type of undead in Empire, a comic described as “vampires versus zombies, with humans trapped in the middle”.

 

Empire isn’t George’s first foray into comics, back in 2004 DC launched what was to be a series of stand alone mini-series’ under the banner Toe Tags. The series began with a story titled “Death of Death” written by George, with painted covers by the legendary Bernie Wrightson. Sadly sales weren’t great, and Toe Tags began and ended with the first mini-series. As stated, Marvel Comics is handling things this time around, as the plan wasn’t quite as grand as Toe Tags. Empire is a 15 part series, comprised of 3 five issue Acts. Joining George for the first act was Alex Maleev (Daredevil, The Crow), act two was Dalabor Talajic whose previous work I’m not familiar with, and finally act three will feature the art of Andrea Mutti (Dark Horse Star Wars).

 

Synopsis from the Marvel Comics website:

 

IT’S ZOMBIES VS VAMPIRES—WITH DESPERATE CITIZENS CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE— AS THE LEGENDARY GEORGE ROMERO UNLEASHES THE FINAL CHAPTER IN HIS NEW UNDEAD EPIC!

  • Zombie Autopsy! But is Xavier dead or undead? Dr. Penny Jones may have a nasty surprise coming her way!
  • Who is kidnapping the children of NYC, where are they taking them, and why? The future of Manhattan may rest in the answers!

In keeping with the zombie tradition of the Easter season, Marvel is also offering up a $1 reprint of the very first issue of Marvel Zombies, which was written by Robert “Walking Dead” Kirkman long before he became a household name. Other highlights of the week include the fifth issue of Cullen Bunn’s  Wolf Moon, the third issue of Richard Corben’s Rat God, as well as Full Moon’s entry into comics with Puppet Master #1.

 

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