The Empty #1

The Empty #1

Writer: Jimmie Robinson Artist: Jimmie Robinson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 11, 2015 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 5
6.5Critic Rating
4.8User Rating

"DEATH," Part One
Tanoor lives in an empty apocalyptic world of poison and decay. Her village is all that remains of humanity as they struggle against mutant beasts and rotting bones.But Tanoor finds a chance to save her people when a stranger drifts into town. A stranger armed with the power to grow life from death. A stranger who could change the world-if Tanoor can keep them alive in the deadly world of The Empty.

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Feb 12, 2015

    The Empty is worth picking up. The fact that Robinson created, wrote, illustrated, lettered and colored the book is pretty darn impressive! It surely lends to the ability to make sure that every detail is exactly as he envisioned it. This promises to be an interesting journey to follow, full of interesting characters and beings. If you didn't snag a copy at the shop yesterday, I say swing back and grab one, you won't be sorry. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Feb 11, 2015

    This first issue ends up being a decent look at the problems of mankind as we fail to do as much as we should for our own environment, while equally debating the solutions and even making them criminal acts unto themselves. Clearly there is more to the story than this critique, as the story also delves into some action sequences, but it certainly makes one wonder if there are other forms of intelligent life out there if they are on the same semi-destructive path. Regardless of outcome, the story is one which is promising if not a bit overwhelming in its first issue, bit it is still definitely worth a look for its different approach. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Feb 9, 2015

    The Empty is full of wonderful writing and gorgeous artwork. Don't miss out on this title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Feb 10, 2015

    As familiar as some of Empty's elements might be, it's a strong debut to this new series. All of the pieces have been set up in this opening chapter, and while the path seems relatively clear for Tanoor and her strange companion, it doesn't mean that it won't be this fun along the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Kierra Prince Feb 11, 2015

    Unfortunately, that's also a small complaint I have with the comic.Tanoor and her world are all sharp edges and grit while Lila and her world is big-eyed and vibrant. It's not necessarily bad, it's just very alarming having this huge difference play out between panels. One minute you're looking at Tanoor's scarred and bandaged body and the next you have a close-up of Lila's great big Disney eyes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 16, 2015

    The Empty may turn some people off with its non-standard art style as it did with me at first glance, but as I read the issue I came to realize that Jimmie Robinson's art is creating a subtly alien world that I want to read more about. Image comics has been releasing plenty of new series lately and I'm intrigued enough to come back for the second issue of this series that feels different from the others being launched. I hope this book finds an audience of people who are going to appreciate exactly what Robinson is going for here, something different from the average comic that hopefully will click with the different from the average readers out there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Bettendorf Feb 17, 2015

    While this type of story isn't a new concept The Empty #1 stands firmly as a good number one. Robinson's art is fresh. The characters have cartoonish features and odd body proportions that add some lightness to the bleak world they inhabit. The coloring is vibrant, even in the sandy wasteland of the empty. Tanoor and Lila are a good match because they are so alike, yet completely different, the same person from different worlds. Robinson has constructed a world with interesting, motivated characters with plenty of room to explore. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Enrique Rea Feb 10, 2015

    The Empty #1 is off to an excellent beginning to what could become a great adventure. It's reminiscent of Jeff Lemire's work with thoughtful, intelligent characters under extraordinary circumstances. The art is absolutely wonderful and worth a read. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado Feb 10, 2015

    Overall, The Empty offers a wonderful premise and fascinating start. Fingers crossed it stays that way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Feb 13, 2015

    It's exciting to see Jimmie Robinson's work again, and this title is a sure bet for anyone who loved "Five Weapons" " or "Bomb Queen", for that matter. There's no saying whether the story will hold up over time, but for the moment, there's enough weirdness " tempered with solid storytelling " for "The Empty" to feel more than half-full. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 16, 2015

    Robinson takes risks and makes bold design choices in a strange but somehow familiar tale.Fans of classic Heavy Metal might like this one… Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Feb 10, 2015

    Robinson gives life to a truly imaginative world that blends the fantasy and apocalypse. While the writing is a bit lackluster and the art can be either exaggerated or miss completely when it comes to depth, I applaud the originality of the concept and design of the comic. Empty is a great example of a writer exploring new dimensions within the comic book industry and serves as a solid pickup for someone who wants something that seems to come out of left field. While I still can't decide who the target audience is, its fantastical aspects and visual design should appeal to both younger and older readers alike. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Feb 12, 2015

    The world and premise are interesting enough and may very well be worth following. However, there is much to overcome as the dialogue comes off as oddly stagnant in many places and the characters don't quite come to life. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Sushi - Kyle Rowsey Feb 11, 2015

    The art in this issue is a big hurdle for me, from the ill-proportioned characters, to the face acting from panel to panel. If there is a positive it's the background work, Robinson really captures the post-apocalyptic setting and the passerby's that are silhouetted is a tease of what I was hoping to see more of in this book's pages. But hey, Parks and Recreation didn't have a stellar first season, so if this is a story you enjoy and the stylized art is your thing, or you can look past it, stick with The Empty. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jesse Quick-Rincon Feb 10, 2015

    Overall I cant say that I didn't like The Empty #1 and its not going to walk away without a recommendation. Probably the biggest reason that Im being so hard on this issue is that it seems to be taking for granted that youll want to read the next issue for the story to actually start. In my mind first issues should be a vertical slice, a little story demonstrating everything the comic series has to offer. For $3.50 I dont think its too much to ask for a story with a beginning, middle and end, or something close to it. Overall I would say that if the artist seems to expect you to buy the trade, then wait for the trade. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Feb 11, 2015

    "The Empty" #1 is off to a descent start. Hopefully, the protagonists will be fleshed out in the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Feb 12, 2015

    Despite building a unique and beautiful world and characters, The Empty fails to adequately put together all of its overarching plot elements. While there's a ton of cool things going on, they seem to be just haphazardly thrown toward one another, making for a lackluster story. The artwork makes up quite a bit for this lacking, however, and The Empty still has a ton of potential moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Travis Greschner Feb 16, 2015

    The most impressive part of this comic is that Jimmie Robinson did everything with this comic, which made me really feel what he was trying to get across with this comic, but made me also wonder what if he hadn't. If he focused on the story and perhaps let another person do the art, I feel they would have both received the attention both aspects of this comic deserved. In the end it is a first issue, one I would certainly pick up for the story, which itself I can only imagine will pick up next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Feb 16, 2015

    "The Empty" #1 is a decent start, but it needs characters to fuel its concepts. I'm curious to see what Robinson has to say; he just needs to say it in better language. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 16, 2015

    Lila maintains her elegance in Tanoor's world as her unique ability to grow life from death seems to be just what the doctor order. Of course, that annoying fear of what we don't understand rears its ugly head and creates all sorts of drama. Barren lands, dangerous creatures along with good old mystery produces a good first chapter that will hopefully get better with each passing issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Feb 18, 2015

    I can't really suggest picking up this book. Maybe all of the shortcomings will be worked out or explained in time, but by then you can just pick up the TPB and save some money. I don't think you'll be missing much in the mean time, and if those things aren't fixed, I don't think you'll be sorry you missed it at all. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Have-A-Peg Pete Feb 13, 2015

    If you're looking for something visually simple yet appealing, without being too much of a thinker, I think this is a decent comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Overmental - Andrew Tran Feb 12, 2015

    While I'm waiting on the post-apocalyptica deconstructionist comic of my dreams, we have a glut of comics like The Empty to read, all of them gleefully putting a match to the world just to watch the unique ways in which mankind will flounder in the ashes. But there's very little that's actually unique about the approach that The Empty takes"in fact, much of the comic feels like a checklist of the genre. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Feb 11, 2015

    The Empty simply has too much of an unpolished feel right now for me to suggest you pick it up just yet. I will say however, that with Image's track record as of late, I wouldn't write it off completely. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Feb 11, 2015

    Interestingly – or perhaps not – The Empty #1 feels … empty, bringing nothing new to the post-apocalyptic world story and actually coming across as both boring and actively insulting. I'll be keeping an eye on this book, but mostly through a painful wince of what's coming next, rather than legitimate interest. But I live in the sincere hope that Robinson can change my mind or prove me wrong in subsequent issues … dubious though I remain. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Feb 10, 2015

    The problem is that given that its set on another world, its not clear at all whether any of the awkwardness that results from these is deliberate, and Robinson certainly doesnt make any concessions towards explaining this. It could well be an attempt to create a sense of otherworldliness, but if it is, it has stumbled at this first hurdle. Theres quite possibly an intriguing story waiting to be told here if it pulls together in subsequent issue; but what we have here is a relatively lifeless book that is difficult to really recommend. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Feb 12, 2015

    This is the premiere issue, so it shouldnt be judged too harshly. There are clear negatives with this title, but it does show promise. It warrants at least a couple issues to develop and allow Robinson to round out the rough edges. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Soyner Feb 13, 2015

    Nice art. Easy to follow story. A potential interesting adventure involving the roots. I see real potential in this title.

  • 8.0
    supercoolyeah Feb 14, 2015

    Empty has potential. Will it live up to the potential??? We will just wait to see. Tanoor lives in an Apocalyptic world where poisonous roots are killing all life around her and her tribe, including her children. Looking for a way of survival on this dead land she finds a floating body in the Ocean. Lila is her name and doesn't know how she landed up in such a place. Tanoor finds out Lila has a unique ability to bring life to the land around her. Tanoor siezes this opportunity to take Lila to the poisonous roots to see if she can heal the barren land and save the people. Tanoor is stoic and cold in nature but you see this glimpse of hope in her when Lila shows up. Lila is innocent full of life (pun intended), that it is cool to see the difference in not only the story but in the art too. This story is going somewhere. Where? Who knows but I hope it lives up to my hype for this book.

  • 3.0
    ThorIstKrieg Feb 12, 2015

    The art, while at first was unique and interesting quickly became irritating. I realize that they are humanoids but the proportions and the way they are drawn is so awful. The story also goes nowhere and the dialog is so dry and boring. Please don't buy this.

  • 2.0
    JBL Reviews Feb 12, 2015

    Not for me

  • 3.0
    AndrewAnson Feb 11, 2015

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