A Passage in Black: The Graphic Novel

Azzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs a kid, I often went fishing at the creek with my old man. He had a nice fishing boat, lots of expensive rods and reels, and he often took the family out on ocean fishing excursions. But he still liked taking old fashioned cane poles out to the creek to fish for catfish. I went with him frequently. (One of his favorite fishing spots was near a country club, and we often squeezed through a break in the fence and snuck across the golf course to get there.) For some reason, I always took a big stack of horror comics with me to read on the muddy bank. House of Mystery, Ghosts, House of Secrets, Creepy, Eerie, Haunted Library, you name it. I never brought superhero books. Only horror tales seemed right while sitting in the eerie, early morning light. I loved those anthologies so much. They absolutely played a big role in the writer I would become.

Over the past couple of decades, I’ve written many short horror stories. Many of those stories were collected in the book A PASSAGE IN BLACK from Omaha Bound. That
book, if you haven’t read it yet, has some of my earliest work in it, but I wanted to showcase everything so readers could see who I am and where I came from.

And now—right here!—I’m announcing that my love of horror comic anthologies and my love of horror short fiction is coming together like peanut butter and jelly! In just a couple
of weeks, I will be launching a Kickstarter for CULLEN BUNN PRESENTS: A PASSAGE IN BLACK! This book will feature comic book adaptations of some of my short horror stories from the prose collection. I have brought together an amazing group of writers and artists to bring these stories to life. Just check out the list!

Cindy Bunn and Baldemar Rivas – “Why Sing the Sirens”

Kevin Watkins and Adam McLaughlin – “School for the Dead”

Anton Kromoff and Bob Freeman – “Dance, Dance, Upon the Night of the Ball”

Heath Amodio and Daniele Sera – “Last Night of the Fair”

Josh Roberts and David Moscati – “Feast of Crows”

JimmyZ Johnston and Isaac Crawford – “Piasa Dreams”

Jeff Lawler and Fran Strukan – “Still Waters”

AE Steuve and Arjuna Susini – “For Her Love”

Sonica Ellis and Rowan MacColl – “Someday Dolls”

Tim Mayer – “A Passage in Black”

And yours truly working with Marcos Marz on something new!

With special appearances by Blacky Shepherd!

A logo designed by the Kucharek Brothers!

And a cover by Kyle Strahm!

Omaha Bound is once again helping with the design and printing of the project, so I’m confident it is going to be a fantastic book!

I want this book to represent amazing talent that readers might not be familiar with, and I think these folks have accomplished something amazing. They took these prose stories and ran with them. They made them their own and did something special with them.

And here’s some more exciting news. Assuming the Kickstarter, which launches around the first of October, is successful, I plan on making this an annual project. The next volume, though, will feature all new stories by the various collaborators (and myself). This will be a way for me to contribute to the legacy of horror anthology comics in my own way. CULLEN BUNN PRESENTS A PASSAGE IN BLACK is my Creepy, my Eerie.

I really think we’re on the verge of something exciting here. All the stories are written. All the art should be complete by the end of September. I hope you will all join me on this journey! Stay tuned for the official launch-day announcement!

Posted by cullenbunn on September 15, 2018  /   Posted in Comics, Feature

WITCH HAMMER from Aftershock Comics!

Today’s big announcement! From the official press release–

AfterShock Comics has announced Witch Hammer, a new original graphic novel from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dalibor Talajic, the first in a new line of OGNs from the publisher.

Witch Hammer tells the story of two agents drawn into a murder mystery when someone starts killing witches. It will consist of 64 pages.

Witch Hammer is a different kind of horror story,” said Bunn. “In this original graphic album, we are thrown headlong into a dark and bloody mystery. Someone is hunting people down, murdering them in cold blood. The connection between the victims–they are all practitioners of witchcraft.  The killer is a terrifying figure–armed to the teeth and wearing a ghastly goat mask–and he is made all the more frightening and more dangerous by one simple fact. He believes in what he is doing. Emboldened by the awful power of conviction, he is on a one-man crusade. He is pursued by a group of federal investigators hellbent on stopping his killing spree. These investigators, though, are faced with a dreadful conundrum of their own. What if the victims actually are in league with demonic forces?”

“This is a bloody, violent, frightening thriller, and I can’t wait to hear what readers think about it,” he continued. “On the surface, the story is fairly straightforward–a murderer is at work and must be stopped–but I think this book will challenge readers. Who are the heroes? The villains? The victims? The answers will change as the story progresses.”

Here’s the full solicitation for the OGN, available November 28:

$19.99 / 64 pages / Color / on sale 11.28.18
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dalibor Talajic
Colorist: Seb Camagajevac
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Dalibor Talajic
Witch. The word conjures images of hags in black robes and crooked hats, standing over cauldrons of bubbling brew. But witches are among us, and we do not realize it. They are our friends and neighbors. They are our family members. They are our idols.
And someone is murdering them.
Agents Frontenac and Guinness are on the killer’s trail. But as they delve deeper into the hidden, magical world around them, they are haunted by a terrifying question. Is the killer doing the right thing?
Presenting the first in a unique collection of compelling stories crafted by master storytellers and told in the way they were meant to be told.

Posted by cullenbunn on August 16, 2018  /   Posted in Comics, Feature

Final order cutoff for ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1


unnamedMonday is the Final order cutoff for ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1.

Spinning out of the events of INFINITY WARS comes an epic space opera from DEADPOOL veterans Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli!

Angela, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded Valkyrie – and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. Skurge the Executioner, freshly returned from Hel. Throg, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero Thunderstrike. And the Destroyer, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials – its wielder unknown. The events of INFINITY WARS set NEBULA off on a quest to rule the galaxy – wielding an Asgardian weapon even Thor would fear – and it’s up to this team of gods, assassins, frogs and heroes to stop her. Rated T+ In Shops: Sep 05, 2018


unnamed-1This is an exciting adventure comic, the story of Asgardian heroes traveling the cosmos. It’s a crazy cast of misfits! Many of your favorite cosmic characters will also be appearing in the series, and the name of the game will be fun and excitement. I know how tough it is to launch a new comic book these days, and I’d love to be able to tell a good, long story with this book. Pre-orders for books like this are vital! Comic book retailers will use pre-orders to gauge interest in the book and make estimates of what to stock in the shelves. So, please call your local comic book shop and ask them to pre-order the book and add the series to your pull-and-hold list!

The order code is JUL180980

Posted by cullenbunn on August 09, 2018  /   Posted in Comics




You know… I see lists of ranked comics all the time… “The 10 Best Avengers Stories”… “The 25 Most Important X-Men Stories”… “The Most Terrible Magnus: Robot Fighter Stories, Ranked Bad to Worst”! And I tend to hate those lists. Just never cared for them at all because they are all so subjective and typically there’s little thought put into them.

Also… there are no bad Robot Fighter stories.

He fights ROBOTS, people! With karate chops!

But now that DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN is coming out, I thought I’d rank all my Deadpool stories. Keep in mind, I like them all! But I have favorites among all my beautiful little children. Most of the time, it all boils down to how much fun I was having while working on the title.

Please note that I’m not counting stories that were not primarily Deadpool-related, such as VENOMVERSE, or short stories like “Armed and Dangerous” which appeared in issues of Deadpool, but were not Deadpool stories.

So here we go!


Deadpool_&_the_Mercs_for_Money_Vol_1_1_Fried_Pie_Variant14) DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY – I’m lumping the original mini and the ongoing in here together. This might have ranked much higher if I had been able to stick with the book and finish the bigger story I wanted to tell. Ah, well! It had Gorilla Man and Hit-Monkey! So, that was awesome!

13) DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE – This was a fun free-for-all. I enjoyed connecting Deadpool and Carnage’s craziness. I would have loved to do more with the composite symbiote that Deadpool used in this story.

12) “SHOW AND RAISE HELL” – The second Deadpool tale I wrote, this one featuring Kid Deadpool and Dogpool riding around in a giant robot. The robot, Jet Falcion, was intended to be Red Ronin, but apparently there was some legal mumbo jumbo that prevented that.

11) “MOUTH OF THE BORDER” – My first Deadpool short story! A tale of chupacabras and Twilight references. Short, but I liked it!

Deadpool_Kills_Deadpool_Vol_1_110) DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL – The end of the “Killogy” of Deadpool stories presented in DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE and DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED. I wanted to take those stories (so obviously alternate universe tales) and make them “important” by throwing the Deadpool from OUR continuity into the mix. I killed the Deadpool Corps here, too, although I had designs to bring them back at some point down the road.

9) RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL – Where NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL was tied to horror movies, this one is influenced heavily by PLANET OF THE APES. What’s not to love?

portrait_incredible8) DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #888 – A single issue, featuring Deadpool and Ben Grimm at a wrestling match. I wanted to write Ben Grimm because of all the old MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE stories I loved. And wrestling… well… I just wanted to showcase my love of professional wrestling. A lot of people said I stole this story from an episode of DEXTER’S LAB. Wrong. I stole it from a MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE Annual… which was the inspiration for that DEXTER’S LAB episode.

7) DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE… AGAIN – A shameless cash grab? Let me explain something to you. ALL comics are cash grabs! They are published to sell. They are sold when your cash is grabbed. Anyhow. I loved this book. It’s not quite as dark as the original, but it was fun trying to place this in the continuity of a different comic book story. Go read it to figure out what I’m talking about!

portrait_incredible-16) DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK – A sequel to DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS, showing us that, once again, Deadpool is tied up with the origin of the Venom symbiote. I loved being able to play around in the 80s. Obnoxio the Clown! Power Pack! Kraven (who might have been influenced by Deadpool for Kraven’s Last Hunt). So much fun!

5) DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS – After the success of DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, this was the story I pitched as a sequel. Deadpool was always part of the 1984 SECRET WARS series. We just don’t remember him. It ended up being published later, and I loved revisiting the original series and making it work. I also love the debate around it. Was this in-continuity? The answer is—YES—and that means the origin of Venom is changed forever!

4) DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED – The weirdest book in my Deadpool library! In this series, Deadpool kills the icons of literature! This is a story that could ONLY be told with Deadpool as the lead. It also introduced the Literature Avengers, a team of characters I had plans for in the future… but it just didn’t play out.

copyOfFirstPage._SX360_QL80_TTD_3) DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN – My latest… possibly my last… Deadpool work. I am very proud of this series. I love the way this story plays out. It’s Deadpool for those who love Deadpool… and for those who hate Deadpool. It’s a grounded story. The Marvel Universe is the background. And it has ramifications on the world at large. There’s a weird backstory to this book. I’ll probably never share it. But I’m glad folks get to read this book. If it is my last, I’m proud of the way I went out.

2) DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE – My first full-length Deadpool series. And—by far—the best seller. Also… the most violent and dark. I wonder if there is a correlation?

1) NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL – Hands down my favorite! I love the use of color in the series. I love that I was able to bring in all these great horror tropes in a Deadpool story. The book was just so much fun to write.


There you have it. Something like 58 issues, plus a couple of short stories. That’s not a bad run. How does my list of favorites compare to yours? DEADPOOL: ASSASIN #3 comes out this week, and all the other stories have been collected in trades! You can order them from your favorite comic book shop! And IF you’d like to see me do some more Deadpool stuff, all you have to do is let the powers that be at Marvel know!






Posted by cullenbunn on July 09, 2018  /   Posted in Comics
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