Comic Review: The Empty Man #1 (BOOM! Studios)

One of our favourite horror comic writers (Cullen Bunn) teams up with Jesus Hervas on art and Niko Guardia on colors to bring us The Empty Man #1, from BOOM […]

One of our favourite horror comic writers (Cullen Bunn) teams up with Jesus Hervas on art and Niko Guardia on colors to bring us The Empty Man #1, from BOOM Studios.

It’s bothersome and creepy right off the bat; a virus called The Empty Man is spreading around the world. You better watch out, you better not fight, The Empty Man is coming around, all right… The Empty Man insidiously implants itself into the brain of the affected. First, a few strange thoughts, then… suicide, murder, mayhem.

Vicki’s family has been infected; mom is violent and unpredictable. Dad is wringing his hands. The authorities are interested, but so are some other visitors to the house.

Bunn has the drama starting on page one, which is good. But The Empty Man takes a bit too long to get underway. Where some writers will jump us into the narrative and fill in the backstory through explanation (or better yet, action that involves the lead characters), we have page after page of explanation of the effects of the disease. This slows down the narrative and makes us impatient.

The art by Hervas is nicely handled. Gestures and expressions are good, the visual flow of the story is smooth. Let’s proceed to issue 2!

BOOM Studios, The Empty Man #1, 24 pages of content, Assume Mature Readers.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!