George Romero’s Empire of the Dead to be Published by Marvel Comics in January

George Romero's Empire of the DeadThe Godfather of zombie movies, George A. Romero, is ready to unleash the undead in a new format – comic books.

Titled EMPIRE OF THE DEAD, the 15-issue comic series will begin rolling out in January, 2014. According to an article in USA TOday, the books poses a question Romero has been toying with for quite a while: Could zombies coexist with humans if they became more intelligent?

Here’s a quote from Romero about EMPIRE:

“These zombies are starting to show sparks of real care and concern for each other… 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.”

Romero apparently wrote a 300-page screenplay for EMPIRE, which is being transformed into the comic format by Marvel and artist Alex Maleev. The story details are still under wraps, but Romero will be unveiling more about the project at New York Comic Con, which runs next week.