(CBR) Whether he's taking on the rest of the Marvel Universe, the Ideaverse or himself, Deadpool has had some crazy adventures at the hands of Cullen Bunn -- but lately, Bunn's managed to walk the Merc with a Mouth right into the zombie apocalypse in "Night of the Living Deadpool."
The new series with art by Ramon Rosanas sees Wade Wilson amidst a classic zombie movie plot: the zombies are beginning to overrun the world, and there's only a few dedicated survivors left. The kicker? Deadpool may actually be the only superpowered "hero" left on Earth. The news also recently came that Bunn is set to write a new "Magneto" series with artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta focusing on the solo adventures of the Master of Magnetism for All-New Marvel NOW!, as he splits off from the cast of "Uncanny X-Men."
With so many irons on the proverbial X-Men fire, X-Position caught up with Bunn to discuss his love of the horror genre -- and especially zombies -- as well as crafting a new story for Deadpool and his plans for Magneto in All-New Marvel NOW!.
Renaldo kicks us off this week with some questions about -- surprise -- Deadpool and zombies.
1) I love asking Deadpool writers this: How's it like writing him? He's so perverse, violent and a ball of crazy. Do you get to live out the inner-crazy when you put him to paper? Seriously, what's the process of writing this chap?
Cullen Bunn: I should be asking the real question here. What's it like having a cool name like Renaldo? I can only imagine that you lead a laugh of chandelier-jumping swashing buckles, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, stealing hearts and leaving roses behind to soothe broken hearts left in your passing. I had a D&D character named Renaldo the Fox one time, and that's how he rolled.
But I digress.
Writing Deadpool can be a lot of fun. When I first started working with the character, I wasn't sure I'd like him. I quickly realized, though, that a writer can do pretty much anything with him -- comedic stories, serious stories, completely nonsensical stories. And, yeah, I get to cut loose a bit when writing him, letting him do things that other characters would simply never do.
2) How much do things like George Romero's work, "Marvel Zombies" or "The Walking Dead" pop into your mind writing this? I ask because it seems the geek-culture market is becoming super-saturated with zombie stories. When I was younger, my goal in life was to work in special FX makeup. Liquid latex and fake blood! That was the dream! And like every other teenager who was deranged enough to have that goal, I was obsessed with horror movies. In particular, Romero's movies, with those meaty Tom Savini effects, but also "Return of the Living Dead" and Fulci's "Zombie." There was a time, as a young comic book reader, that I would have proclaimed "Deadworld" my favorite series. I've been lucky enough to run with the horror writer crowd and call many of them friends. Skipp and Spector's "Books of the Dead" were huge influences on me as a writer. I was reading zombie novels like Brian Keene's "The Rising" and "City of the Dead" when the zombie "craze" started kicking again. And, of course, I've written my share of zombie stories.
Here's a quick one that I wrote during a horror writer's meeting. We challenged ourselves to write a zombie story in less than a minute. This one is inspired my Monster Squad.
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