George A. Romero’s Marvel Project Is Empire Of The Dead

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romero 2This is a story we’ve been following for a while. Zombie master George A. Romero has a big Marvel miniseries that has been in the works for a while. The series was supposed to come out this year, but it was pushed back a few months because Romero reckoned Marvel didn’t want a zombie series coming out over the Christmas season. Well today the title and some new information about the series has been released by USA Today.

romero 2Romero‘s miniseries will be 15-part story called Empire of the Dead debuting this coming January. The story will be set in New York a few years into the zombie apocalypse. The story will also have a “major twist on Romero‘s horror oeuvre” that will be announced at this month’s New York Comic Con, but USA Today said of the story:

It’s still the major metropolis everybody knows but a few years into its zombie apocalypse. Some things have reverted to a prior state — there are sheep grazing in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. Yet there are strong social and political elements: The mayor is one of the main characters and a female member of the living dead starts to show some real smarts.

Romero joked he chose his hometown of New York City as the setting because he “could never afford to shoot there.Empire of the Dead started out as a 300-page screenplay that was turned into a comic by Marvel and artist Alex Maleev. You can see a zombie piece for the series by Maleev below. One of the questions the series will explore is whether or not zombies and humans can coexist. Romero‘s zombies have shown signs of intelligence in the films, and it sounds like that trend will continue. The legendary horror icon said:

These zombies are starting to show sparks of real care and concern for each other. 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.

You can see a few more quotes from Romero and Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso by clicking the source link. A 15-issue series is a big project, but Empire of the Dead sounds like it will need to use every single issue. Romero fans will be thrilled to see the legendary filmmaker presenting a screenplay he’s been working on for years too. It will be interesting to see how it holds up as a comic. What do you think about Romero taking on a big comic book project? Will you be visiting the Empire of the Dead?

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Source : USA Today