The Disease Takes Form In The Empty Man #4

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Some sort of demon has accompanied the Whisper Oracles in their attack on Kerry’s. Monica and Owen manage to hold off the Whisper Oracles and their demon long enough for everyone to make an escape. The demon lets out a terrible scream that is heard for miles around, and Monica, Owen, and the Kerry’s find a hotel to hide in. Monica explains what she knows about the Empty Man to the Kerry’s, including the fact that she is infected. Meanwhile, the forces behind the Whisper Oracles plan their next move.

The Empty Man #4 cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey
The Empty Man #4 cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey

The Empty Man #4 finds the Kerry family dealing with the more intensely supernatural elements of the virus, and Monica fills them (and the new readers like myself) in on what she and her former partner learned during the first Empty Man series.

We also see how far up the Whisper Oracles are in the realms of power.

The horror elements continue jive quite well. I often dig more supernatural horror myself, so the introduction (or reintroduction) of straight-up demons and other dimensions adds to the fun.

There is a slight injection of political allegory in the effects the Empty Man virus has had on the population at large. Monica attributes the fact that “No one can have a civil conversation anymore. That’s why we’d rather hate each other than hear the other side of the argument,” to the Empty Man. It’s a bit of a limp element that doesn’t jive well with the rest of the comic.

The Empty Man #4 art by Jesus Hervas, Niko Guardia, and letterer Ed Dukeshire
The Empty Man #4 art by Jesus Hervas, Niko Guardia, and letterer Ed Dukeshire

Jesus Hervas’ artwork continues to be both haunting and beautiful, and the design of the demon looks fantastic. His artwork often comes off as a bit ethereal, but it hits hard when it needs to. Niko Guardia’s color art keeps the tone heavy and intimidating while generally looking damn good.

The Empty Man #4 is another solidly enjoyable and disquieting installment to the horror series. Things get worse, the world get stranger, and it looks like none of our lead characters will get out of this alive. This is a solid read and worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

The Empty Man #4 comes to us from writer Cullen Bunn, artist and variant cover artist Jesus Hervas, color artist Niko Guardia, letterer Ed Dukeshire, and cover artist Vanesa R. Del Rey.

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