George A. Romero’s project for Marvel has been in the works for a while, but now Romero and Marvel have finally announced the name, plot and timeframe for the anticipated miniseries via USA Today–Empire of the Dead with premiere in January.
Art for the 15-issue miniseries will be by Alex Maleev (best known for his frequent collaborations with Brian Michael Bendis on Sam and Twitch, Daredevil, Spider-Woman, Moon Knight, Scarlet). The story itself is based on a 300-page screenplay set in his hometown of New York City, a few years into the zombie apocalypse. The reason Romero turned it into a comic? "I could never afford to shoot there," he joked.
The father of the zombie genre has had his undead creatures evolve since the days of the original Night of the Living Dead (remember Bub in Day of the Dead and Big Daddy in Land of the Dead?), and that’s one of the big questions this 15-issue miniseries will explore: Could zombies and human coexist if the undead showed signs of intelligence?