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DF Interview: DC serves up Lobo’s new book on a Bunn
By Byron Brewer
Writer Cullen Bunn has more irons in the cosmic fire than anyone we know. At DC alone, the scribe is handling Sinestro, which will be part of the coming war between the New Gods and the Lanterns, as well as a new book featuring that Wolverine/Superman mashup, Lobo!
Dynamic Forces wanted to know more about the confusing New 52 life of the last Czarnian, so we tracked down Cullen Bunn in Space Sector 2014 and quizzed him viciously. Here’s what we found out.
Dynamic Forces: Which New 52 Lobo will we see in your new ongoing, Cullen: Rob Liefeld’s familiar character or the slim-n-trim Kenneth Rocafort model?
Cullen Bunn: You’ll be seeing both versions of the character in the series, but the star is the more recent character that was designed by Kenneth Rocafort.
DF: Lobo was recently in Justice League United. Will this story spin out of that or is this a fresh beginning for Lobo?
Cullen Bunn: The new story is not connected to the events of Justice League United. In more ways than one, this is a fresh beginning for Lobo. And I want readers who have never read anything about the character to be able to jump onto this book and enjoy the ride. It’s really the perfect opportunity, since Lobo is kind of a blank slate and we’re able to add so much backstory to the character.
DF: Can you tell us how this new title came about and how you became a part of it? Something you pitched?
Cullen Bunn: This is something that editors Mike Cotton and Eddie Berganza brought to me. Basically, they asked what I would do with the character, and I put together a pitch. We batted a number of ideas back and forth until we landed on the current story.
DF: A few non-spoiler details (if possible) about your first arc, sir?
Cullen Bunn: In the first arc, Lobo is hired for a special mission: kill eight other competing assassins before they eliminate their target. Each of these assassins is a brutal, no-holds-barred killer who is dead set on doing his or her job. So Lobo has to be meaner and more bloodthirsty than a group of trained murderers.
Shouldn’t be a problem.
Along the way, we’re going to see quite a bit about Lobo’s history. We’re going to learn what makes him tick.
DF: Lobo has been villain, anti-hero and even a champion. Who is he in the new ongoing – in reality, and to himself?
Cullen Bunn: Lobo knows he’s not a hero. He’s a “black hat” through and through. He’s a mercenary and hired gun. Sometimes that means he goes after “bad guys” and sometimes he goes after “good guys.”
DF: Will this new series be based in outer space?
Cullen Bunn: There are some scenes based in space, but most of the first arc takes place on Earth.
DF: Might we see the return of some DCU cosmic villains? Or perhaps some new big-bads?
Cullen Bunn: Sure, that is possible. Not in the immediate future, though. This is about Lobo. We’ll be introducing a number of new villains (and allies) for Lobo in this series.
DF: Lobo was a tremendous property in the 1990s but his story star seemed to burn out. Why was that and how can he again claim fame in the New 52?
Cullen Bunn: I don’t know why Lobo might have burned out, but I think he would like it that way. Times change. The tastes and expectations of readers change. And Lobo, in his previous incarnation, is the kind of character who doesn’t change easily. In my opinion, he especially doesn’t read well to new readers. That’s why the time is right for this updated take on the character, This version simply has more potential to bring in new readers.
DF: What does Reilly Brown bring to this cosmic table? Why is he right for the book?
Cullen Bunn: Reilly brings a lot of energy and visual comedy to the book. While this isn’t a slapstick story, there’s definitely some humor and quirkiness that Reilly helps bring across.
DF: Before we close, Cullen, any present or future projects you would like to discuss?
Cullen Bunn: I’ve always got a bunch of irons in the fire. With DC, be on the look out for the Godhead storyline crossing over into Sinestro. In that story, we’ll be seeing the New Gods going head-to-head with the Lanterns.
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Cullen Bunn from taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Lobo #1 hits stores in October!
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