The Whisper Oracles Arrive In The Empty Man #3

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The Whisper Oracles want Melissa Kerry, and they’ve decided that they will make catching her their next offering to the Empty Man. They don masks and arm themselves with guns and blades, and then they launch a full assault on the Kerry’s neighborhood. At the same time, Monica Jensen and Owen Marsh arrive at the Kerry residence to observe Melissa and warn the family about the Whisper Oracles. It’s too late; as soon as Monica meets Melissa, the Whisper Oracles begin their slaughter of the neighborhood. Plus, Melissa seems to know that Monica is carrying the Empty Man disease.

The Empty Man #3 cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey
The Empty Man #3 cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey

The Empty Man #3 makes up for the second issue’s slowness by bringing wall-to-wall mayhem in this comic.
The book opens with the Whisper Oracles preparing themselves for the attack on the Kerry’s, and it doesn’t take long for the attack itself to start.
The resulting action resembles many siege-style movies such as Straw Dogs, but it primarily resembles The Purge. The dystopian atmosphere of Empty Man is a quality it shares with the Purge franchise, and the escalation to masked individuals with zealous devotion murdering an entire neighborhood of people really draws upon the concepts of the Purge films.
Of course, Empty Man is written more smartly in many ways, even if it doesn’t have the blunt and outraged takedown of capitalism that the Purge presents.
The supernatural allusions become more abundant in this issue too, culminating in a finale that leaves you wondering if what you’re seeing is truly there.
The Empty Man #3 art by Jesus Hervas, Niko Guardia, and letterer Ed Dukeshire
The Empty Man #3 art by Jesus Hervas, Niko Guardia, and letterer Ed Dukeshire

Jesus Hervas’ gritty style works especially well in this issue. The gore and mayhem is more palpable, unnerving, and sickening thanks to Hervas’ unique style. The choice of masks for the Whisper Oracles is clever too, and they are strikingly detailed. Niko Guardia’s color work is bleak and oppressive, which works wonders for this brutally violent comic.
The Empty Man #3 gets this iteration of the series back on track with a shockingly bloody issue that puts our heroes on the run from the Whisper Oracle zealots and whatever being is on their side. This is a strong horror read and easily recommendable to those who can stomach such things. Check it out.
The Empty Man #3 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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