'Empty Man' Comic Released for Free Ahead of Movie

The Empty Man
Vanesa L. Del Rey/Boom! Studios
The first issue of the 2014 series that inspired the 20th Century film is now online.

To mark the digital release of 20th Century Studios’ The Empty Man next month, Boom! Studios has made the complete first issue of the comic book series the movie was based on available for free online.

The Empty Man, starring James Badge Dale, Stephen Root, and Marin Ireland, will debut digitally and on Movies Anywhere Jan. 12, 2021, with Boom! releasing a new edition of the original comic book series by Cullen Bunn, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Michael Garland, and Ed Dukeshire that same month. Today’s release of the complete first issue of the series, available here, acts as a preview to both releases.

The movie, written and directed by David Prior, follows a retired cop’s investigation into the disappearance of a group of teenagers — an investigation that is connected to a group tied to a particular local myth. In the comic, a disease called The Empty Man has ravaging the world for a year, and an investigation into its origins has uncovered a cult dedicated to worshipping the illness — one that might hold clues to a potential cure. The series, launched as a mini-series in 2014, returned in 2018 for further volumes.

In a statement, Boom! president of publishing & marketing Arune Singh, said, “20th Century Studios’ adaptation of The Empty Man has allowed new audiences to discover this horrifying story and we are thrilled that it’ll be available for consumers to watch at home come January. By releasing The Empty Man Movie Edition softcover collection, we hope new fans will discover comics and enjoy all three volumes of the hit series.”

Read on for a preview from the debut issue.