By George A. Romero, Andrea Mutti, & Rain Beredo

Zombie subgenre godfather George A. Romero’s latest foray into his world looks to be reaching its inevitable conclusion in Empire of the Dead: Act Three. Romero has now introduced vampires into the mix and that they have been controlling New York from the shadows for some time. Of course, the status is shaken up with the political intrigue, militaristic dealings, and new revelations about the walking dead. All these plots are starting to come together and unfold. This issue is the beginning of the end…

It was a very wise decision by Romero to present this story in the comic book medium. With the introduction of vampires, the material may not have translated well to film. In this form, his social and political commentary is not lost amidst some of the more supernatural elements.  Those familiar with George’s work will also appreciate the progression of the walking dead and their presence in this world.  His logical sense of storytelling is very satisfying. Also, it’s fascinating to see various art teams interpret his vision.

The new art duo is Adrea Mutti and colorist Rain Beredo. Mutti’s work is a little cleaner or more expressive than what has been done in the past two series. It’s very refreshing to really see the detailed facial expressions of the characters. Beredo maintains a dreary, unnerving atmosphere by highlighting the shadows in the background with the action in the forefront.  The pages set Columbia Hospital at the beginning of the issue are especially noteworthy. I look forward to what these two will depict for the rest of the arc.

Considering this the third act of a storyline, I would not recommend just picking this up on a whim. Pick up the trades of the first two arcs and become familiar with the plot. Fans of the horror genre should be reading this, especially fans of the zombie subgenre. I mean come on…This is a work from George A. Romero.

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About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”