In the wake of a disease that is spreading like wildfire with symptoms including fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia or a near lifeless “empty” state of catatonia, the world has been forced to face a few hard realities. These realities are caused by the diseases unknown origins and the fact that after one year no drug has even a passing effect on the disease. Mass panic has lead to murder cults rising up all across the nation and law enforcement agencies are scrambling to stop them at all costs while trying to uncover the one true cure for this nightmare.
As usual this is where I praise the art work and rightly so, there is something gritty about it and yet defined. The artist has shown us a lot without showing us anything. They have this unique tone set by the colours they use including ones you don’t see in mainstream print. Maybe I’m not explaining it right but it’s like a vibrant, gritty, dullness that just creates a negative feeling within its reader but one you can’t pull your eyes away from.
On BOOM! Studios official website they state – ‘There’s nothing scarier than horror that hits home—a tale of terror only one or two steps removed from our reality.’ And boy where they right, there is so much dread in horror that could be real, ghosts and monsters are terrifying, but when it comes down to it, something that makes men into monsters or worse humans into nothing is utterly terrifying, this book hits home with a lot oh humans worst fears and with many of today’s story’s it has a certain relevance. It touches on our fears of disease, people becoming to intwined in their faith, a heavy police presence and extremists, this is a modern story for a modern reader. This dim view of our future was brought to us by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Magneto) and Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit), a vicious team who have created a hole new world for us to be terrified by.
The Empty Man is available to purchase from the official BOOM! Studios website here.