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Boom! Senior Editor Eric Harburn on Cullen Bunn's new horror series, The Empty Man

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Sep 28, 2018

Cullen Bunn (Monsters Unleashed, Bone Parish), the prolific Southern storyteller whose literary tastes run toward the gothic and macabre, is resurrecting his 2014 horror comic The Empty Man into a chilling new series guaranteed to leave you breathless.

Boom! Studios' The Empty Man first infected and captivated readers four years ago, with Bunn on writing duties and paired with Eisner Award-nominated artist Vanesa R. Del Rey (Redlands). There, the creative team introduced fans to the nightmarish, dystopian world of the Empty Man pandemic and its ravaging effects.

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The exact cause of this murderous malady is unknown, but the shocking symptoms include bouts of intense rage, bizarre hallucinations, then suicidal dementia followed by death, or a zombie-like, "empty" state of catatonia. Cults rise nationwide as the disease takes on biblical proportions, causing the FBI and CDC to launch a joint investigation of the Empty Man in an attempt to stop the cults and discover a cure.

Written by Cullen Bunn and matched with artist Jesús Hervás (Lucas Stand, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser), Boom!'s new ongoing sequel series begins in November and delivers even more terrifying dimensions of the disease, just as 20th Century Fox is nearing release on a feature film adaptation starring Iron Man 3's James Badge Dale.

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The expanded storyline finds America still in the merciless grip of the Empty Man pandemic. Strict government isolation quarantines are mandatory, and for the afflicted Melissa Kerry, the realities of never being seen again after entering the system are all too real. Melissa’s family chooses to reject the internment and despite her deteriorating condition, will do anything and trust anyone to keep her secret to themselves.

"We've been working on The Empty Man for a couple years now and we've got quite a bit of it in the can so it's nice to finally get it out there," Boom! Senior Editor Eric Harburn told SYFY WIRE. "I'm really excited about that book in particular, and it's a great example of what we want to do. It's a horror book and it's spooky and thrilling but it has an emotional and human core to it. Cullen had something to say with this book. And that's not usually how creators approach these types of sequel series. It's not just a return to that universe, he's done a much smaller, character-based story with it. I hope people dig it and I think Cullen is having a renaissance year for himself. Bone Parish is one of our favorite books and think he and Jonas (Scharf) are doing an amazing job and hope people respond to it."

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Check out the five-page preview in the gallery below and tell us if this infectious title might invade your pull shelf when The Empty Man returns on November 8.

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