On this edition of Beneath The Pages, I’m going to put the spotlight on graphic novelist and comic writer, Cullen Bunn. Bunn has a reputation for writing horror and noir stories that have translated into his work in comics. He’s written successful series on characters like Magneto and Sinestro, blurring the lines between black and white and making the reader invest heavily in their journey.
Bunn’s first comic was called The Damned, and it was published in 2007 by Oni Press. It was about gangsters, demons and tommy guns that he worked on alongside Brian Hutt. This helped him branch out into other areas, with him writing for Marvel and DC. He’s written titles such as Moon Knight, Deadpool Kills Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men and Lobo.
I was first introduced to his work by reading 2014’s Magneto series. Bunn stripped The Master of Magnetism down to his core and presented him in his most brutal incarnation. It was a blend of noir and horror, with Magneto hunting down threats against mutants on his own. Bunn tapped into Magneto’s past as a Holocaust survivor and brought new depth to an iconic character.
This sets the tone for the rest of Bunn’s writing. He can focus on a villainous character and make the reader care for them. He’s also written a graphic novel called The Sixth Gun, a story about a band of outlaws during the American Civil War who wielded supernatural weapons.
Bunn has won the Broken Frontier’s Best Writer Independent Award and has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. What I enjoy most about his writing is that he creates and can take on such complex characters. He isn’t afraid to show them at their worse, yet finds a way to make us give a damn about who they are.
You can stay up to date on all his new projects by visiting his website.