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DF Interview: Cullen Bunn brings readers the triumphant return of the Micronauts
By Byron Brewer
The wait is almost over. They are coming.
They come from a dying universe. Acroyear, Space Glider, Biotron and their allies – the Micronauts! – are back, on the run from the evil Baron Karza, and blasting through a universe where magic and science vie for control.
Writer Cullen Bunn and artist David Baldeon bring back the longtime fan-favorite franchise as an IDW Publishing continuing comic in April. Dynamic Forces wanted to welcome back the miniature mites and thus sat down with the scribe to find out about the excitement.
Dynamic Forces: Cullen, were you a fan of the Micronauts? And if so, the toys, the comic books, or both?
Cullen Bunn: I was a fan of both the toys and the comics. One of my fondest Christmas memories revolves around finding a bunch of Micronauts under the tree. And the comics were very important to me as well. I have often credited Micronauts #7 (purchased at the corner grocery store) with being the comic that made me love comics. There was just something about the world-building that captured my imagination straight away. I now have all my Micronauts comics bound in hard cover, and I still think the series holds up all these years later. As for the toys, I have a boat-load of those too. As I write this, a Biotron is looking over my shoulder. If I had a little more room, I’d have all the figures in my collection on display.
DF: Will this be the same Micronauts team we knew in the 1980s under the Marvel banner, by Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden? Will Bug be a part of this team? He has been very busy until a few years ago in the Marvel U. with Guardians of the Galaxy.
Cullen Bunn: This is a completely new story and a new team. Notably, you will not see Commander Rann, Marrionette or Bug. This is a new take on Microspace. There will be some familiar faces, all of them toy-based, and a number of new characters I think readers will dig too!
DF: After all these years … decades … and rumors galore, in a nutshell how is this comic coming about from IDW? How did you become involved?
Cullen Bunn: Of course, I have no clue on all the behind-the-scenes derring-do that brought the Micronauts to IDW. I think I found out about it the same way as most people. I was at San Diego Comic Con, and I woke up early to check my e-mail and any news from the show. I saw a news article about IDW publishing Micronauts. I almost never do this, but I quickly fired off e-mails to everyone I know at IDW, asking if a creative team had been chosen. To my surprise, I was asked to swing by the IDW booth to talk to the editor. I asked to pitch for the series, of course, so I came home and put together the best Micronauts pitch I could come up with. It was tweaked here and there along the way, but for the most part the story you will see in the comic is the one I so feverishly put together when I got home from SDCC.
DF: So tell us about this team as characters, how you see them as the writer.
Cullen Bunn: I’ve sometimes described the team as a ragtag group of scallywags. The team consists of Oziron Rael (Oz), the captain of the Heliopolis; Phenelo-Phi, a young woman who has “procured” Space Glider technology; and Larissa, a mercenary “Orbital Defender”. And—oh yeah—Acroyear, Biotron and Microtron (all classic Micronauts) play vital roles on the team!
DF: Big Bads? (Dare I hope … Baron Karza??)
Cullen Bunn: Baron Karza will definitely be one of the big bads in this series. I guess he’s the biggest of the bads!
DF: Is this a Microverse story or does Earth play a role as well?
Cullen Bunn: For at least the first arc or so, the story will be set in Microspace. It will be more of a spacefaring cosmic epic. We will, though, be visiting Earth as the series progresses.
DF: How has it been working with artist David Baldeon?
Cullen Bunn: David’s great, and I can’t wait for his character designs to be revealed! It’s funny, because a few months before I heard about Micronauts, I e-mailed him and asked if he’d be interested in working together. I’m just a big fan of his work. At the time, he was interested but way too busy. But our time has finally come!
DF: Cullen, what else present or near-future might be coming from your keyboard that you’d like to mention?
Cullen Bunn: In addition to Micronauts, I’m wrapping up The Sixth Gunn this year (issues #48 through #50 are the final issues). I’m continuing with Harrow County from Dark Horse. And I’m still writing Uncanny X-Men. It’s great. X-Men and Micronauts were two of my favorite series as a kid. I never imagined I’d be working on both of those titles!
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Cullen Bunn for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Micronauts #1 from IDW hits stores April 27th!
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