The Empty Man #1
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Jesus Hervas
Colors by Niko Guardia
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
All over the country, people are being afflicted by a condition that the government and the medical community is calling The Empty Man syndrome. No one knows what it is or where it comes from, but those affected by it begin to see hallucinations followed by coma and then violent outbursts. The situation has led to mass suicides, the ascent of doomsday cults and an environment of fear affecting everyone.
In the Kerry home, the effects of The Empty Man are in plain view as Andrew Kerry finds himself dealing with his wife who is in the first stages. As he tries to hold everything together, his daughter Vicki is dealing with being a witness to the slow destruction of her family. The Kerry home is visited by a mysterious stranger who wants to help and young Vicki gets a visit from some important people with their own agenda.
Cullen Bunn is one of the best when it comes to creating an intense mystery with dynamic characters and situations. The story in this first issue is intriguing and so many elements of it become more intense because one doesn’t know if the Empty Man is real or not. That level of mystery is hard to pull off, but this story is compelling enough to keep readers guessing as they witness the world that is being created.
The art in this issue is perfectly suited to both the tone and subject matter of this story. The character details and the brutality of the deaths shown are depicted in a way that amplifies the intensity and emotion of those moments. Well done first issue.