Cullen Bunn and Dynamite Entertainment are taking the Army of Darkness and the series’ hero, Ash, into space this winter. Army of Darkness comics have given fans Ash’s ongoing adventures for years, and Bunn’s addition to the family will be an exciting continuation of the Chosen One’s story.
Bunn’s catalog of work is impressive, with titles like Wolverine, Sinestro, The Shadow, and The Sixth Gun under his belt, his latest venture following Ash and the Deadites is sure to be a wild ride. It’s his work on various Deadpool books that has us chomping at the bit to see him take on the Army of Darkness.
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TFAW: Hi Cullen, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. When did you discover Raimi’s Army of Darkness?
Cullen Bunn: I was already a fan of Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 when Army of Darkness came to movie theaters. I saw the flick on opening weekend and was completely taken by surprise. As much of a departure as EVIL DEAD 2 was from the original movie, Army of Darkness was even more of a game-changer in terms of tone and style. I loved it.
TFAW: How did you come to work on Dynamite’s Army of Darkness comic book series?
Bunn: Nick Barrucci and I have been talking about working together for some time, but we wanted to find the perfect projects for me. Last year, at Emerald City Comic Con, Nick and I sat down to discuss several projects. He surprised me by asking, “Are you familiar with Army of Darkness?” I’m pretty sure my ear-to-ear grin answered that question for him.
TFAW: It sounds like Ash is going to be in quite the predicament in this story. How did this idea hit you, and when did it start to look like this was really going to happen?
Bunn: Ash has battled demons and been possessed himself. He’s been thrown through time. It only seemed natural that I throw him into space. When Nick and I started discussing this project, one of his requests was that I do something unexpected with good ol’ Ash. Sending the Chosen One on a deep space adventure seemed to fit the bill. As the story started to come together, I was able to draw inspiration from so many amazing science fiction sources—from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Star Wars to Dune to Lovecraft’s tales to stories of John Carter of Mars!
Now, you might think that space adventures aren’t a good fit for Army of Darkness, but I believe this tale is very true to the spirit of the franchise, but still offers plenty of surprises! I’m not sure any reader will expect where this story will take them!
TFAW: The first issue has multiple variants, is there one that you dig the most?
Bunn: I like them all, but the Jay Shaw ET-inspired variant might be my favorite. I like the starkness of the image. I also like those blank covers, because I can just draw my own images! Stick-figure Ash for the win!
TFAW: How has Larry Watts been to work with as a partner?
Bunn: Larry is a great collaborator. He genuinely loves the material, and he does an amazing job balancing the horror, sci-fi, and humor aspects of the story. He manages to get a lot of “acting” across with Ash, which is vitally important to this book!
TFAW: What’s your favorite part about writing Ash and the Deadites?
Bunn: I love that this project straddles a couple of different worlds and styles. The way I’m approaching this story, Ash provides the humor with his bumbling buffoonery. But the Deadites provide the creepiness and horror.
TFAW: You’ve worked with Dynamite on other projects before. How has it been to work with the folks at Dynamite Entertainment?
Bunn: Team Dynamite is an absolute delight to work with…which is nice because I’m dealing with them so frequently of late!
TFAW: How would you describe this series to someone who’s never seen Army of Darkness or read the comics?
Bunn: You know that crazy uncle of yours…the one who thinks he knows a lot more about everything than he really does…the one who frequently lets his mouth write checks his rear-end can’t cover…the one who has the utmost confidence in himself even when he gets himself into the most unbelievable hot water time and time again? Yeah, that guy. Imagine he’s the savior of humanity, our last line of defense against demons as old as time. And then imagine he has to stow away on the space shuttle in order to stop these demons from conquering the world.
TFAW: What comics are you reading right now?
Bunn: I’ve been reading a few different titles of late. I just read the first couple of issues of Fred Van Lente’s Resurrectionists, which was great. I’m digging Chris Sebela’s Dead Letters and Scott Snyder’s Wytches. My absolute favorite book right now, though is Southern Bastards from Jason Aaron and Jason Latour.
TFAW: Do you have any other projects in the works that you’re excited about?
Bunn: I have several projects that have either been recently announced or will be announced soon. Masks II from Dynamite is in the works, and it is a wildly ambitious story featuring a dozen or more characters in three time periods. Terrible Lizard from Oni Press will be launching in early November. It’s an all-ages story of a girl and her T-Rex. Wolf Moon from Vertigo is a werewolf story with a twist that will hit the stands in December. And I’ve got a couple of more Dynamite projects in the works…but I can’t reveal them just yet!
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