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George Romero’s Empire Of The Dead Comic Bleeds Out Four-Page Preview

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empire of the deadTimes are tough for zombie fans, who only have 999,999 forms of zombie fiction to spend their time with now that The Walking Dead has gone on its winter hiatus. But zombies don’t quit for the winter, so everyone can safely look forward to the upcoming Marvel Comics series Empire of the Dead from genre king George Romero. Though the comic will be out in a little over a month, they’ve already released a few of the presumably unfinished pages as a preview of things to come. And things are pretty gritty and dire, I warn you.

The year is…I have no idea, but it takes place quite a while after a widespread zombie outbreak has passed. New York City is forever changed, and Manhattan has been quarantined with all the survivors. But they’re certainly not safe, as the undead threat isn’t the only thing putting them at risk. There are also vampires. I’m not happy about it either, but if I’m going to read anyone deliver a zombies vs. humans vs. vampires story, it might as well come from a legend in the game.

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George Romero Unleashing An Empire Of The Dead On Marvel Comics

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marvel zombiesWell, this is one of the more interesting crossovers I can imagine talking about. From a pop culture perspective, as peanut butter and bacon will always be the most interesting crossover. The father of the modern zombie and the comic company that turned Wolverine into a zombie are putting their minds together for an all-new tale of horror with the 15-issue miniseries Empire of the Dead.

George Romero will take his fans somewhere they’ve never gone with him before: New York City. And why haven’t we been there with him? “I could never afford to shoot there,” he joked to USA Today. And because NYC will never die, the story can take place a few years after the zombie apocalypse began, as life in the city is in some ways like it was before. But society is a fickle beast, and Romero will be taking on the social and political aspects as you’d expect. In fact, one of the main characters is the mayor.

The threat here lies in a population of wandering corpses that become gradually more intelligent, and one of the project’s larger themes involves the coexistence of humans and smart zombies. Sounds crazy, right? “These zombies are starting to show sparks of real care and concern for each other,” Romero says. “I’m not going to go all the way to Omega Man where they take over the work, but I’m having a lot of fun with it. We’ve got some new rules and some new characters, and we’re taking it in a completely different direction.”