George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act One #1

George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act One #1

Writer: George Romero Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 22, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 5
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8.1User Rating

• Welcome to New York City years after the undead plague has erupted-but just because Manhattan has been quarantined, don't think that everyone inside is safe!
• Not only do flesh-eaters roam within Manhattan, but there's another ancient predator about to take a bite out of the Big Apple!
• Plus: It's a terrorizing team-up in variant cover form when the Zombie Godfather unites with the Zombie King - Arthur Suydam!

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jan 24, 2014

    Empire of the Dead could have easily been a mess. The last few low budget films in Romero's series were not received well, and with his advancing age, Romero could have easily let the series fade away. Fans are going to be glad that he didn't, and even more glad that he decided to make the next installment an epic comic book series. There is no need to worry about a budget when writing a comic book. Then with an artist like Maleev on board, Romero can let his imagination run wild and think bigger than he has previously been able to. Considering where this issue ends off it is clear that thinking bigger was indeed the plan. The first issue of Empire of the Dead is a must read for fans that have been following the series from the beginning, but it also serves as a perfect introduction to what looks to be a contained story. I was worried heading into this issue, but Romero and Maleev make a great team, and this could very well end up being the best Living Dead story in years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Jan 27, 2014

    Alex Maleev has a dark gritty style that perfectly suits this apocalyptic world of shadows and menace. Matt Hollingsworth does a great job of complimenting the art by keeping the colours dark and murky. The only brightness he adds is for the blood that runs a bright crimson. There are similarities with some zombie stories but that is more down to Romero's original movies influencing most of the modern age of zombies. If you are a fan of Romero, zombies or horror in general this is a book that you should check out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 22, 2014

    It's hard to read any book about zombies without comparing it to WALKING DEAD; however, EMPIRE OF THE DEAD is a great start to a new series that follows the earlier works of George Romero, but still keeping the book new reader friendly. It explores some areas of Romero's work that I'm not the biggest fan of, but it does so in a way that gets me on board. The final page was a bit weird, but overall, Romero and Maleev have the start of something extreme fun here. It's also nice to see Marvel do something a bit more out of the box as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jan 23, 2014

    Near the end of the issue, Romero adds a nice surprise with a reveal that ties directly into the original "Night of the Living Dead" film, and then at the very end, throws in a surprising development that makes seeking out the second issue a given. "Empire of the Dead: Act One" #1 is pure Romero, combining what he's best known for with a new medium that works just as well as his best films, and even better than some of lesser ones. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Graphic Policy - Andrew Lamb Feb 13, 2014

    Like I said, maybe I'm the odd man out, and people do want to see the shambling dead merge with other creatures of the night. If that's you, then definitely pick this up. Otherwise, for those of us traditionalists that want their church with an 80 year old organist and predictable sermons, rather than a praise band and a coffee shop in the foyer"you should look elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Jan 27, 2014

    In the wake of series like The Walking Dead, the comic market has become saturated with zombie books (and not all of them good), so it's exciting to get one from the Undead Godfather himself, even if it sticks with a certain level of familiarity. Empire of the Dead is proof of the old axiom, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" " but there's nothing wrong with a new paint job and a set of fresh tires, especially if Romero's new and engaging concepts are creative enough to draw readers back for a second helping of the stuff he's serving. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - 2 Comic Nerds Jan 24, 2014

    All and all this issue wasn't bad, but it failed to live up to the hype that is George A. Romaro. The comic just doesn't stand out in a time full of zombie culture which truly made us sad. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Guy Copes III Jan 28, 2014

    As for the overall story and Romero's writing, the pacing is good and the dialogue comes off as natural. The Padre's problem with the comic, then, is that this story feels like an offshoot of some of his recent of the Dead films, complete with cardboard characters and predictable plot. It isn't a bad comic by any stretch; it's just a mostly boring one until its undeadly last quarter. Read Full Review

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