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George Romero Reveals ‘Empire of the Dead’ With Marvel Comics

We’ve known about it for over a year now, but USA Today released official details regarding George A. Romero’s upcoming zombie project with Marvel. The new series, “Empire of the Dead” continues the “Dead” universe. This time, the zombies will roam the streets of New York City. Artist Alex Maleev will be providing artwork for the entire run. The series is set to be 15-issue miniseries, debuting in January.

Romero says, “It’s a comic book, which means we don’t have to go out and shoot the stuff. You can let your imagination run wild and do pretty much anything you want, assuming it’s within the bounds of decency.”

“These zombies are starting to show sparks of real care and concern for each other,” Romero says. “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.”

“It’s basically Chicago or Detroit. The city isn’t destroyed, but it’s just running on its engine, corrupt and no holds barred. It’s a little bit like the Old West,” says Romero, a lifelong fan of comics.

“That’s what I’m talking about now. There’s hardly any morality anywhere, except of course for our heroes.”



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