George A. Romero’s Empire of the Dead Coming to Marvel Comics

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Fans have been wondering when George A. Romero would continue with his Dead series, and USA Today revealed they won’t have to wait much longer. The caveat is that it won’t be a new film, but rather comics. Get ready for Empire of the Dead!

The godfather of zombies wrote a 300-page screenplay of the same name about the living dead overrunning New York City, but he realized that shooting it would be impossible. Instead, Romero is teaming with Marvel Comics for a 15-issue miniseries. Artist Alex Maleev – who has previously worked on the likes of Daredevil, Hellboy and The Crow – will illustrate the effort. The first issue is due out in January.

True to Romero’s previous installments of the Dead franchise, Empire of the Dead’s story includes strong social and political elements. It will serve as a reflection of the violence in everyday life. The mayor of the city is among the main characters, while a female zombie begins to show signs of intelligence.

“These zombies are starting to show sparks of real care and concern for each other,” says Romero. “I’m not going to go all the way to Omega Man where they take over the world, but I’m having a lot of fun with it. We’ve got some new rules and new characters, and we’re taking it in a completely different direction.”

Romero will reveal more details about the miniseries at New York Comic Con on October 10-13.

Romero, of course, invented the modern zombie film with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. He continued the concept with five additional movies: Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the dead.

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