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Empty Zone #1

Writer: Jason Shawn Alexander Artist: Jason Shawn Alexander Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 10
7.7Critic Rating
7.9User Rating


In this sci-fi/horror saga, Corinne White attempts to reconcile with the ghosts of her violent past, literally, as she trudges through a world of dystopian cityscapes, reanimated corpses, & ganglands full of animal human hybrids.

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Jun 19, 2015

    I would urge anyone who is a fan of high concept sci-fi to pick this up and, for those of you not usually into that kind of thing, this is the comic to take a chance on, there's so much more to it than meets the eye. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Apr 7, 2020

    Empty Zone #1 is a book that shows Jason Shawn Alexander and the rest of the team have a firm grasp of the comics medium and the artistic ability to capture something uniquely terrifying, yet strangely alluring. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 19, 2015

    This book is the perfect mix of sci-fi and just plain dark comics, with a gloomy story and brooding protagonist. There are a lot of questions left unanswered at the end of this issue, but the book moves at a steady pace, enough to make waiting for the answers well worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Bryce Osceola Jun 17, 2015

    The artwork of this comic is very dark and disturbing, but it goes great with the horror feeling of the story. Also, all of the heavy colors add to the sense of how awful life is in the dystopian setting. The writing is very alluring and pulls readers in to the suspicion of the story, but there are a few points where readers might get confused as to what is real and what is not, as this story has a lot of shifts from reality. All in all, Empty Zone is a very original story and is a great experience for any horror or sci-fi fan! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby May 26, 2015

    Between The Empty Zone #1 and Danijel Zezilj, Dave Stewart and Brian Wood's Starve, Image Comics seems to be on a bit of a sci-fi horror kick at the moment. Jason Shawn Alexander has produced a visually stunning comic book here, with a unique script that begs just as many questions as it answers. Hitting the shelves June 17, The Empty Zone is a visceral and challenging book that feels fresh, even if it is set in a slightly clichd universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Jun 20, 2015

    If that isnt convincing enough for you, Im pretty sure there is a little homage to GERTY that has been sneaked in. That alone would be enough for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Tyler Sewell Jun 4, 2015

    Empty Zone #1 is a psychological trip that'll leave you with more questions than answers and while that may be frustrating I have to acknowledge it's a good start to the series. Backed with excellent art, Alexander has created the type of comic that you walk away from feeling slightly disturbed and you can't identify why. Any comic that's powerful enough to make you feel like you need to take a cold shower afterwards is a keeper. Look for Empty Zone #1 on June 17th. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 18, 2015

    If one were to combine Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell and a few Raymond Chandler novels in a blender, the end result might be something like Empty Zones. Even with all the sci-fi comics Image is currently publishing, this new book has little trouble standing out from the crowd. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 8, 2015

    I've equated Empty Zone to a lot of movies because I really think that's the closest thing to compare it to. I can't think of another comic other than maybe Sinister Dexter or Judge Dredd, but in setting alone. Otherwise Empty Zone is nothing like the aforementioned titles, but if you like any of those movies then I really think you'll dig Empty Zone. I'm curious to see what others think of it and if the Image crowd will welcome this title that really has no comic comparison. Time will tell, but you can check out Empty Zone on June 17th. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Alice Hudson Jun 23, 2015

    This first issue feels like an unequal mash-up of Philip K. Dick and Hellblazer (well, Ellis, Diggle, and Carey's Hellblazer runs), with some film noir touches. It's not quite as good as that sounds, but it still is a mash-up of Phillip K Dick and Hellblazer and noir, so it's hard to go too wrong there. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jun 17, 2015

    Though the action and pacing of the first issue are impressive, the overall story or aim of Empty Zone are not clear just yet. Corinne, a work-for-hire agent, has some special skills when it comes to the tech world. She ventures to a local bar to meet her mark as assigned by 8. Her aims and the stakes involved are all rather opaque in this opening story. Readers will meet a few other major characters, but the opening chapter is mostly an adjustment into the setting and visual makeup of this new environment. Despite learning very little about the direction of the story, Alexanders craft and the beautiful color work from Luis Nct deliver an excellent reading experience. For those looking for something unique and with stunning art to boot, Empty Zone #1 is certainly worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Jun 17, 2015

    Ultimately, Alexander succeeds in creating a world I’m interested in visiting again. Especially so, with the immediacy of the art and how rewarding each page is to look at. He doesn’t succeed however, in introducing us to an interesting story in that world. The Empty Zone’s first issue ends up being a beautifully dark but, hollow introduction that relies too much on trickery and not actual suspense. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jun 17, 2015

    The world of EMPTY ZERO is ambiguous as the characterization of Corrine. It seems like a generic dystopian future with nothing really of note. Except that some people have cat tails. THE FUTURE. Alexander uses the "show us the future then rewind to show how we got here trope," but it's not implemented well. Or, Corrine was having a dream. I can't tell after a few readings. All I could say once I was done with EMPTY ZERO #1 was, "Ok?" What does any of this mean to Corrine? Alexander seems to be setting up some dark exploits for Corrine in the future, but we don't have any context as to what they mean to her or these evil looking people. EMPTY ZERO has a few interesting ideas that if developed properly, could lead to a great comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jun 22, 2015

    The debut of "Empty Zone" will stand and fall on a reader's opinion of either the mood or the characters; it's stylish and well-made but still has a lot of work to do before it becomes a compelling, top of the pile series. The gorgeous art will draw in some, but Alexander will have to tease out more of the story in the next issue to keep them around. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Jun 18, 2015

    Empty Zone is an undeniably gorgeous comic that plunges you into a dark and dystopian sci-fi world, where man, machine, and humanoid beast all inhabit a hellish megalopolis where survival is a daily struggle. However, for a debut issue there really is quite a lot going on and the character development seems somewhat lacking. Read Full Review

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