The Empty Man Made Us Do It! First Issues Goes To a Second Printing


By Staff Reports

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 or 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 or to find one!


Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment ( Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

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