GEORGE ROMERO'S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT ONE (Marvel, 2014; Softcover)
Collects George Romero's Empire Of The Dead: Act One Nos. 1-5 (cover dates January- August, 2014)
Writer: George A. Romero
Artist: Alex Maleev
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Zombies are all the rage these days, what with the ongoing success of The Walking Dead and all. Younger fans might have overlooked the guy whom Robert Kirkman stood on the shoulders of, Mr. George Romero. If you do not know who he is, use that thar Google button on yore Internet machine and get on right back to me, y'hear?
Done? Okay, good. This takes place 30 years after Night Of The Living Dead. Humanity has been sequestered into Protected Zones, where military and SWAT teams keep the undead out and people live a somewhat normal life within the confines of Manhattan. Of course there is another kind of undead now, the original undead...vampires. Couple that with the emergence of the self-aware, almost thinking zombie and you have a fresh spin on a stinking, rotting idea. Leave it to Romero to once again save us all.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.
The OCD zone- Marvel has a tendency to triple dip, so I am going to hold off on buying any and all future arcs until we get an Omnibus or an Ultimate Collection trade paperback. I am tired of endless upgrades or being dissatisfied because a superior format is released down the road. I have more than enough unread books to last me until such collection happens.
DVD-style Extras included in this book: Introduction by Stan Lee. (1 page)
#1 variant by Frank Cho. (2 pages)
#2 variant by Greg Horn (1 page)
#1-5 variants by Arthur Suydam. (5 pages)
Paper stock: Good weight semi-glossy coated stock.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Glossy lamination.