When a housewife contracts a flesh-eating illness, she and her husband rekindle a love that is literally all-consuming!
Without spoiling, we review “The Empties”, a unique horror graphic novel by Kristen Renee Gorlitz that combines a tale of love of a husband with a new innovative take on zombie horror. Beautiful story telling, mature humor, nice art style with 80s feel to it, and the zombie story you’ve never seen before! How far will he go to keep this relationship going for the love of his wife? What horrible things will happen due to this situation?
All of this is a part of the exciting horror graphic novel /comic that was launched on Kickstarter crowd funding platform on February 18th, 2020 and now less than 10 days left to support it.
Please keep reading and scroll down for the link to get your free comic sample!!
A chef has a simple desire – he wants to be happy and he wants his wife to be happy too. But just because his wife has a roof over her head, it doesn’t mean that she’s happy or fulfilled. There’s something missing in her life, and even she can’t put a finger on what it is. That is, until she develops an insatiable hunger for flesh!
There are grand scale zombie stories about action, fights and saving the world, then there are personal stories of a few characters that affect you, make you think, and emotionally move you. “The Empties” falls into the second category. Written by Kristen Renee Gorlitz, the Empties is a grand 143 paged graphic novel, which can also be purchased in smaller interesting episodic issues. It tells the story of a couple who’s isolated after the global zombie apocalypse, and thus, their troubled marriage gets another chance of reconciliation.
The graphic novel starts with the sight of the first zombie, and we get to see why the comic is called “The Empties”. The story of the husband, Derrick, featured here starts as usual, with his chef duties at the bar coming to an end, as the bar is closed and he leaves for his home in Michigan, USA. We start seeing the zombie affected world in short bursts in the form of random sight of a zombie, and the news of the outbreak. Unaware of the severity of the outbreak, Derrick comes home to his wife, Helen, and then he finds out that she’s not feeling well, both emotionally, and physically. We see the trouble with their marriage, and there seems to be confusion in the mind of the wife about the meaning of love. The story has interesting twists and turns as Helen’s secret lover enters the story and makes things more complex for the couple’s relations. There is humor in terms of situational comedy, some dialogues and sometimes, even the expressions of the characters. In terms of comedy, you will also know why Gummy Bears are shown on the logo, as you read the initial pages of the comic. It’s hilarious and also sad as it talks about love and relationships. Gummy bears are also an inspiration for a unique “Gummy Horror” genre of sticky horror, as described on the Kickstarter page of this graphic novel.
The story is paced well, and never gets predictable as there are multiple dynamics working here. Besides the zombie infection aspect, there is the story arc of husband’s undying love for his wife despite her cheating on him, and at some point in the story we feel bad for the husband as he only wants the marriage to work out no matter what. His love seems to be innocent and yet foolish especially in the light of the zombie apocalypse. The secret lover starts off as an antagonist-like character but as the story progresses, all characters start having mixed shades of persona, and that’s the beauty of the story which shows the author’s skills of creating and bending the story to surprise the readers. The isolation, human interactions, desperation, and perhaps, misinterpretation of love affects all the characters here. There’s no support for cannibalism, but it’s a pure zombie infection consequence mixed with the feelings of revenge as well as love made worse by irrational thinking. The context here is very important and if you read from the start, you will know it well. We have seen such a thing in many other zombie brands, and here is it a result of a complicated love triangle happening during the zombie apocalypse. The story ends with a satisfying ending, and with an unexpected dark twist.
The graphic novel is entirely made in black and white sketch-like art which helps us to focus on the expressions, dialogues and small details instead of the background objects. The black and white might also be used to show the bleak joyless world after the zombie apocalypse. It has a beautiful and nostalgic 80s feel to it that makes it both modern and classic looking at the same time. The faces, human anatomy, buildings, and blood – everything is drawn in a realistic and grim way. The physique of the humans is realistic and not perfect super model bodies we often see in zombie movies, so this makes the characters more believable and helps to empathize with them. There is nudity, both sexualized and in a realistic diagnostic type of situation. In both cases, it is not done in a cheap way but as a tool to propel the story in a new direction, and give motives to some characters. There is blood and gore to make horror fans happy despite the black and white shade because the illustrations are very realistic in nature so the color doesn’t matter. The gore is in the essential quantity with some super creepy gory scenes to make the readers really afraid in a psychological horror kind of a way.
Overall, “The Empties” is a horror graphic novel that explores the human relations, isolation, and the pursuit of love amid the zombie apocalypse. The author, Kristen Renee Gorlitz has created lovable characters, grim realistic situations, and makes you think about the meaning of love as the dynamics shown here can happen to anyone, except the fact that there’s an added layer of zombie apocalypse which takes things to the next level.It is a story that will make you feel amazed, thrilled, and moved by the characters and the situations shown here. This is among those rare stories that connects horror with real life dilemmas about relationships, pandemic and what true love really means. It has a good balance of humor and horror to entertain and scare you at the same time. The given content is a good value for your money, and it’s a story worth experiencing for anyone who likes zombie horror stories for the depth of its story & characters, besides the action & zombie killing.
This is a unique horror story that is trying to find the meaning of love amid the zombie apocalypse that’s a must own for any horror fan. Currently on the Kickstarter crowd funding campaign with less than 10 days left, it’s an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss!
Please click here to visit the Kickstarter page of The Empties and secure your copy today! (Free Sample link also available there along with much more information about the book)
Now only few days left to support it to get your rewards for as low as US$1 for name credit and US$5 for digital version of 3 issues!!
Project explained by the writer, Kristen Renee Gorlitz:
Sample Pages from the Kickstarter Page:
There’s some great gore and horror moments, but there’s also a lot of love in The Empties:
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Contact the creator:
Writer: Kristen Renee Gorlitz
Artist: Eli Powell
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Cover Art: Jeanne Vadeboncoeur
Graphic Design: Zimri Mayfield
Author’s vision and dream:
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