The Empty Man #1

The Empty Man #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Vanesa Del Rey Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: June 11, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 2
8.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

WHY WE LOVE IT: There's nothing scarier than horror that hits home-a tale of terror only one or two steps removed from our reality. THE EMPTY MAN is a dystopic version of the world we know, where a terrifying disease has taken on almost deific connotations.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Cullen Bunn (THE SIXTH GUN, VENOM) and Vanesa R. Del Rey (HIT) are two of the most exciting talents in the industry, and perfectly in sync on this haunting new crime procedural.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: It's been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. 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 murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Dave Buesing Jun 10, 2014

    Its not easy to pull off horror in comics, but the “Empty Man #1″ is all kinds of scary. This is a mysterious and gruesome disease in the vein of Michael Crichtons Andromeda Strain, and watching Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Ray build this world together is thrilling so far. Highly recommend this new first issue from Boom! Studios, whether you enjoy a good scream or not. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jun 10, 2014

    An original story that is frightening, entertaining, intelligent, and tense. Jump on this now, while you still have the chance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Luigi Cabrera Jun 17, 2014

    I actually thought that it would be another generic zombie book but the first issue proved me wrong. It has much more to it when you have read it. I'm definitely looking forward to the next issues as I was already hooked to find out what's on the last page. The Empty Man is a definite must have from BOOM! Studios. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jun 12, 2014

    As you may have guessed, I enjoyed "The Empty Man" a great deal. It's an inventive horror story that makes great use of world-building writing and rough, noir-ish artwork to give a look at world just close enough to ours that it is truly terrifying. While Bunn doesn't really get to stretch his writing muscles, this being the first issue and all, Vanesa Del Rey more than makes up for it as she shows herself to be an artist that can masterfully create tone and atmosphere. If Del Rey wasn't on the radar before this, this should be the series that puts her in high demand. Bunn and Del Rey have created an issue that dares you to face the horrors within and then hooks you and pulls you back for ore. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 11, 2014

    Aiding in the book's constant, unnerving tone is the atmospheric line work provided by artist Vanesa R. Del Rey. Her style is quite aggressive, filled with scratchy lines and deep, disquieting shadows. While her character work is solid and expressive, it's actually her set pieces that prove the most transfixing--everything has such a strong undercurrent of realism that it's hard not to let that niggling feeling of uncertainty creep into the back of your head. Colorist Michael Garland completes the effect, his palette one of subdued hues and inky blacks. Say it with me--creepy. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Nick Couture Jun 17, 2014

    The Empty Man #1 should satisfy horror fans with its delightfully messed up premise. Cullen Bunn is a writer finally hitting his stride doing really solid work and he continues that here. Artist Vanesa R. Del Rey supplies the book with excellent creepy, yet elegant, art.I want to see more of what this book is and I'm very excited to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jun 12, 2014

    I love a good mystery, and this series presents a very interesting one. The art was great, complementing the ominous overshadowing of the story. I'll be carrying on withThe Empty Man, andI'm definitely recommending people pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jun 10, 2014

    The story content in this issue mainly gave an overall view of the impact the disease has made on the populace and what it's capable of. Even if this was a little monotonous at times, the concept and visuals kept the material riveting. The two investigators that are introduced are not specified as being either with the CDC or FBI, so some little details fall to the wayside, but hopefully as the plot progresses these elements will come to the forefront. The last page just leaves one in total confusion and begging to see what happens next. The Empty Mandelivers, even with some confusing artwork, and horror and/or mystery comic fans will undoubtedly be intrigued and hooked by this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 10, 2014

    It's a good time for police-based horror stories, with Nailbiter doing so well at Image and now The Empty Man scoring a victory for BOOM! Studios. Whereas the former book is a masterful balance between three main characters, The Empty Man succeeds purely based on how much Bunn and Del Rey can do with their premise. The worst kind of fear is the kind you can't anticipate or expect. Maybe that's the moral of The Empty Man - that terror doesn't need to be seen in order to be felt. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Jun 10, 2014

    BOOM! seem to be pushing more and more these days for a chunk of the horror comic market, and if the rest of this series is anything like this one (perhaps with a bit more depth to it) they could be in for a damn good shot at Dark Horse's Horror crown. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Jun 11, 2014

    Okay, this is not the first time we've seen living viruses. Even Bunn's current charge, Sinestro, has in his employ a sentient infection (Despotellis), while Sublime of X-Men notoriety is an "aware" bacteria, and even last week in Moon Knight, we got a glimpse of a more fungal type of insanity. However, The Empty Man still has its own special kind of catchy crazy, and I'm more than happy to have caught this bug early. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jun 11, 2014

    An awesome introductory issue, “The Empty Man” #1 has a lot of potential going for it with the story's mix of cults, serial killers, and police procedural.I really want to see what happens the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Jun 13, 2014

    "The Empty Man" #1 reads like Slender Man meets "The Happening" (if the movie had a much better execution, anyway) with mysterious murder/suicides, a supernatural disease, and an entire population swept up in something new and dangerous. Cullen and Del Ray's work is instantly palatable, combing action and exposition fluidly for a quick, climactic read. Once you start this issue, it'll be over before you know it -- and its cliffhanger will leave you craving more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Silva Jun 17, 2014

    Suffuse with its peripheral glimpses of mangled flesh, acute madness and overall terror, Bunn, Del Rey, Garland and letterer Ed Dukeshire allow The Empty Man to prey on the reader's anxiety of what's happening and for the sake of all that is holy " why. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Stuff Like That Jun 11, 2014

    The Empty Man may be worthwhile to horror comic fans, especially for those who like thrillers with religious cult angles. Most comic readers, however, will probably put this title down feeling unsatisfied. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jun 13, 2014

    There is enough in The Empty Man #1 for horror fans to try out. Much of the issue has been done before, but Bunn leaves a hint at the end that there will be some twists coming. Fans of bloody, disturbing scenes will have something to enjoy. Del Reys artistic style works with the story but I found it lacking. Im curious enough that Ill at least read the next issue and Im holding out hope for new things. It may not be worth dropping the money but readers wanting a creepy horror story should at least give this one a read. Read Full Review

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