Exclusive Interview: Cullen Bunn Looks Home With Ultimate Comics Wolverine
Wolverine has been a vital part of the Marvel Universe ever since he hopped from a snow bluff during the Hulk’s battle with the Wendigo. Now the son of another Logan in another universe, Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Universe, is beginning a long journey of discovery in a four-issue limited series starting this March by writer Cullen Bunn (Fearless Defenders) and artist David Messina.
Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer caught up with Bunn for an exclusive talk about this most important mini, headed for shelves in March.
Cosmic Book News: Cullen, you've had the chance to play around with Logan in Wolverine. How is the feel of things different dealing with his son Jimmy Hudson in the Ultimate Universe?
Cullen Bunn: Well, Jimmy is such a vastly different character than Logan (whether we’re talking about the main Marvel Universe or his father in the Ultimate Universe). He had a different upbringing. He was raised by loving, caring parents. While there are some mysteries surrounding his origin (mainly, who his mother is), Jimmy knows who he is. He’s not the lethal killing machine that Logan was. He’s not as bloodthirsty. And, while he’s seen his fair share of harrowing events, he hasn’t been tested in anywhere near the same fires as Logan.
CBN: Tell us a little about what Jimmy Hudson will face in this limited series and what changes, if any, this adventure might bring go him.
Cullen Bunn: This series will represent some big changes for Jimmy. In the end, he’ll have a new attitude… a new approach to how he lives his life. He’ll be facing off against a number of threats, and he’ll be learning quite a bit about where he came from. He’ll know who his mother is by the end of the series, and that knowledge will open up some very dangerous doors for him.
Cullen Bunn: Jimmy was raised by adoptive parents—James and Heather Hudson. They are, in every way that really counts, his parents. But he will always have questions about his birth parents. He’ll always want to know who they are, where they came from, and why they gave him up. How he approaches this and what he learns along the way is important to me. This is because my own son is adopted. He was abandoned on the day he was born, and he’ll never know anything about his birth parents. But it’s his mom and I who are helping him grow up into the young man he’ll be.
CBN: Will we be meeting any new characters here or perhaps seeing established Ultimate characters in different ways?
Cullen Bunn: Both! We’ll be seeing a new character or two… but this is a violent story, so they may not last long. There are also a couple of established Ultimate characters who will be cast in a new light. One in particular will be reforged into a major Ultimate Universe villain.
CBN: What effects might Jimmy's adventure in this series have on the larger Ultimate Universe?
Cullen Bunn: As I mentioned, there’s a character who will taking some big steps into a villainous role. I can see this character having a big impact on the rest of the world.
CBN: How has it been working with artist David Messina? Why was he right for this series?
Cullen Bunn: David has been absolutely awesome to work with. I picture this story as a Bourne Identity in a super hero world. That requires someone who can nail both the real world visual aspects as well as the really wild elements. There are also some quieter character moments that needed to be played just so. David juggles all those aspects of the story like a pro, and it just looks awesome.
CBN: I imagine there will be some issues of "nature vs. nurture" here since Jimmy was raised by the Hudsons. Did you do any research in this area?
Cullen Bunn: I didn’t really do a lot of research into this. I simply went with my gut in terms of what felt right for the story.
CBN: Any forthcoming projects you would like to discuss or promo?
First up is Deadpool Killustrated, the follow-up to Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. It’s a direct sequel to the first series. This time around, though, Deadpool decides that the way to destroy a multiverse full of super heroes is to destroy the literary characters who inspired them. So he goes after the icons of literature—Moby Dick, Captain Nemo, Sherlock Holmes and many, many others.
Next up is The Fearless Defenders, my new team book featuring Valkyrie, Misty Knight and a veritable army of Marvel’s most amazing female characters. It’s an unapologetic super hero action book.
On the creator-owned front, Oni Press is releasing Helheim in March. This is a new series that I’ve described as a cross between Beowulf and Frankenstein. It’s a violent horror story in the Viking age featuring witches, demons and the undead! It’s illustrated by an amazing artist by the name of Joëlle Jones. Her artwork on this is going to blow people’s minds!
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Cullen Bunn for taking time out of his busy schedule to chat with us as well as Marvel Comics publicity maven Arune Singh who helped make this interview possible.
"Ultimate Comics Wolverine" #1 (of 4) hits shelves in March.