Treading Water And Sucking Blood : “Empire Of The Dead” #2

Posted: March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

I take a look at issue 2 of George Romero’s
Empire Of The Dead” for Through The Shattered Lens website.

Through the Shattered Lens


Looking at things in strictly structural terms, second issues are often a tricky wicket in the comic book racket. In today’s marketplace, especially, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re going to lose nearly half your readership (at the very least) between the first and second installments of any given book simply because cover prices are so fucking high (the going rate for the series under discussion here today, Empire Of The Dead, or as it’s known to Marvel Comics’ legal department, George Romero’s Empire Of The Dead Act One, is $3.99 per 28-page issue, with only 20 of those pages devoted to actual story and art) that a title has to be seriously flawless right out of the gate in order for everybody to shell out their hard-earned cash for a second serving.  So you’d better give the diminished-yet-loyal cadre who have showed up for the second…

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