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George Romero Brings Zombies To NY In New Comic MiniSeries

George Romero the zombie godfather and Night of the Living Dead filmaker, recently wrote a 300 page screenplay that’s being turned into a Marvel comic. Launching in January, Empire of The Dead will be a fifteen-issue miniseries, set in New York with artwork from Alex Maleev.

“I could never afford to shoot there,” Romero, 73, says with a laugh.

It’s still the major metropolis everybody knows but a few years into its zombie apocalypse. Some things have reverted to a prior state — there are sheep grazing in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. Yet there are strong social and political elements: The mayor is one of the main characters and a female member of the living dead starts to show some real smarts.

One of the big questions he asks in Empire: Could zombies coexist with humans if the undead became more intelligent?

“These zombies are starting to show sparks of real care and concern for each other,” Romero says. “I’m not going to go all the way to Omega Man where they take over the world, but I’m having a lot of fun with it. We’ve got some new rules and new characters, and we’re taking it in a completely different direction.” – USA Today