Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey
Published by Boom! Studios
Release Date: 07/09/2014
After the successful debut of the first issue, THE EMPTY MAN returns this week with its second of a planned six issue series. With the first issue having sold out at the distributor level, a second printing of the debut issue was announced. Looking back at my first review, it read more like a political op-ed than a simple review of a comic book, so I will attempt to write with less pensiveness.
Last month the story concluded with a bit of uncertainty (at least from my view); as it was not quite clear if what we were seeing was real, a physical manifestation of the virus perhaps. Another possibility is that both Langford and Jenson are already infected or at least in the early stages of infection and are experiencing the symptoms (hallucinations) that come along with the virus, unlikely though since it appears as if they both witnessed the same monstrosity.
The second chapter gives us even more back-story as we once again jump back five years to see Reverend Markoff visiting the Spring Glen Nursing Facility. Visiting a man suffering from the contagion, we see a bizarre and disturbing scene as the Reverend looks into his eyes. Also revealed is more information on some of the earliest documented cases of the illness and even speculation suggesting that one may have been the very first case, quite conceivably revealing the origin of The Empty Man.
Meanwhile, the agents show obvious signs of stress and trepidation as they struggle with what they have just witnessed. They continue the investigation and their search for the missing Simmons children, but not without a growing concern involving Jensen and her well-being. There are a couple of other reveals, including Marsh (a colleague of Langford and Jenson) paying a visit to a health facility where it is evident that there is more going on that just medical care, and Jenson doing some digging of her own into her partners family history.
There is nothing more to say about the work that this creative team is doing here. Both Bunn and Del Rey are on top of their game and it is evident as you turn through the pages of the first two issues. There are no signs that the quality of writing and art will falter, and little to no doubt that suggests these two creators can’t continue to produce such an extraordinary series. With this in mind, Boom! Studios would do well by making The Empty Man an ongoing series.
REVIEW: THE EMPTY MAN #2
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Creative team of Bunn & Del Rey
Confined to six issues limits character development and additional stories to be told.