Boom! Studios made it official early this morning announcing that the first issue of ‘The Empty Man’ has sold out at the distributor level, making it the seventh title to reach that accomplishment this year. The Empty Man #1 will receive a second printing with a cover from Scott Newman.
This six issue horror series written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey, tells the story about a virus of unknown origin that spreads quickly across the world, causing violent behavior and suicidal tendencies. It has also created mass hysteria that has spawned religious cults that must also be dealt with. Below it the official press release from Boom! Studios.
You can find my review of the first issue right here: The Empty Man #1 Review
‘THE EMPTY MAN’ MADE US DO IT!
FIRST ISSUES GOES TO A
June 24, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce that the debut issue of its newest horror limited series, THE EMPTY MAN, has sold out at the distributor level. This is the seventh time in 2014 a debut issue from the publisher has sold out, following EVIL EMPIRE, DEAD LETTERS, LUMBERJANES, THE WOODS, BEE AND PUPPYCAT and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. BOOM! has rushed to a second printing like it was fleeing from a disease! Created and written by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Magneto) and illustrated by Russ Manning Award nominee Vanesa R. Del Rey (HIT), THE EMPTY MAN is an eerie, J-horror-inspired crime procedural story about a mysterious disease with an unknown cause, and, even worse, no known cure.
Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of THE EMPTY MAN #1 may still be found at their local comic shop. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!
“THE EMPTY MAN is our first time working with Cullen Bunn and the experience has been as rewarding as we expected,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “When Cullen came to us with this brilliant idea for a horror series we knew that pairing him up with Vanesa and her visceral artwork would be a prime-time event. These are two exceptional talents at work on a story that’s utterly suspenseful and haunting. Even though we’re sold out at the distributor level there are still some copies to be found at various retailers, and we’ll be delivering a second printing as quickly as possible.”
It’s been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter into a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.
Praise for THE EMPTY MAN #1:
“The one thing worse than knowing when to be afraid is NOT knowing, and that’s the beauty of THE EMPTY MAN. ” – IGN
“Equal parts The Following and The Andromeda Strain, BOOM! Studios’ creepy new title THE EMPTY MAN makes for a chilling read.” – Newsarama
“Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey weave an ominous tale with meticulously laid ground work, a fast-paced script, and atmospheric artwork.” – Comic Book Resources
“An awesome introductory issue, THE EMPTY MAN #1 has a lot of potential going for it with the story’s mix of cults, serial killers, and police procedural.” – Bloody Disgusting
“It’s an inventive horror story that makes great use of world-building writing and rough, noir-ish artwork to give a look at a world just close enough to ours that it is truly terrifying.” – Multiversity Comics
“THE EMPTY MAN reads like a late 1970s, early ‘80s word-of-mouth artifact of found horror, a castoff paperback or something a seventh-grader brags about having seen on VHS while visiting a distant relation.” – Comics Bulletin
“This is a great book, with the promise of more greatness to come.” – Comicosity
THE EMPTY MAN #1 second print ships with a new cover by Scott Newman and carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAY148124. It is anticipated to be in stores on July 23rd. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!