Shipping in November, The Empty Man #1 by Cullen Bunn and Jesús Hervás is an ongoing series following up on the 2014 series of the same name. (Coincidentally, a film version is currently in production.) The “Empty Man” of the title is a disease that causes fits of rage, hallucinations and ends with the patient in an “empty” catatonic state… and a cults are springing up around the disease. The new series follows the family of Melissa Kerry, who are trying to keep her contraction of the disease a secret, since once the government puts patients under quarantine, they tend to disappear.
Official PR follows and then a preview:
BOOM! Studios today unveiled a first look at THE EMPTY MAN #1, marking the return of superstar writer Cullen Bunn (Bone Parish, Harrow County) to one of his most popular creations alongside artist Jesús Hervás (Lucas Stand, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser) in November 2018.
Debuting in 2014, The Empty Man captivated readers as Bunn and Eisner Award-nominated artist Vanesa R. Del Rey (Redlands) introduced their unflinching look at a dystopic version of the world we know, where a terrifying disease has taken on almost deific connotations. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cults and uncover a cure. This new ongoing THE EMPTY MAN comic book series delivers terrifying new horrors, perfect for new readers and longtime fans alike, in the world that captivated fans worldwide and led to a feature film adaptation currently in production at 20th Century Fox.
The nation is still in the grips of the terrible Empty Man pandemic. Government quarantines are mandatory, so for Melissa Kerry, one of the afflicted, the next step should be to isolate her—but those who enter the system are never seen again. Melissa’s family won’t let that happen. All they have to do is care for her, keep her worsening condition a secret—and they’ll do anything, trust anyone, to keep her safe.
“THE EMPTY MAN is an unflinching, insightful look at the way we deal with tragedy both abroad and close to home, wrapped up in a haunting horror narrative,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “From the first page, readers will glimpse a world infected by a terror that has irrevocably changed it – and might just see a bit more of the real world than they ever expected, thanks to the incredible work from Cullen, Jesús, Niko, and Ed.”