Midtown Comics recently had the chance to interview Cullen Bunn (Deadpool, Sinestro, The Sixth Gun) on his work for the upcoming Dynamite Series, Masks II.

The Shadow. The Green Hornet and Kato. Black Terror. These are just a few masked vigilantes drawn into a mystery that spans the decades – a plot that threatens our society again and again. With the devastating power to kill thousands of people in a matter of seconds, the Red Death is a villain who may be impossible to stop. It will take more than a dozen masked heroes from three different time periods to stop this madwoman from bringing the world to its knees!

Read our interview with Cullen Bunn below!

Midtown: There are so many great characters in the Masks series. Who has been your favorite to write for?

Cullen: That’s a tough call! There are several characters who have risen to the top as favorites. The Shadow is a lot of fun for me. Peter Cannon is another character I really get a kick out of. Those two might have been favorites for me to begin with, though. I have fond memories of my dad telling me stories of the Shadow, and I vividly remember getting some old Peter Cannon comics at a garage sale when I was a kid.

Midtown: What drew you to the Mask series? Have you been a fan? What’s been the toughest challenge writing this new series?

Cullen: I’m definitely a fan of many of the masked heroes like those appearing in this book, and I love pulp adventure stories, in the original pulp stories (I have a pretty healthy collection of Doc Savage books, and I have my eye on some original Shadow pulps), in comics, and in modern prose (if you haven’t read “Night Calls the Green Falcon” by Robert R. McCammon, you’re really missing out). And therein lies the biggest challenge, I suppose. I have all these great characters, and I want to make sure that each and every one of them gets as much page time as possible. Another challenge for this story was finding a way to connect heroes from three different time periods, but that was a fun challenge to face!

Midtown: Will some of your Deadpool humor crossover to this new series? Which character do you think relates the most to Deadpool?

Cullen: Deadpool is very off-the-wall and slapstick and bizarre. That tone didn’t really fit into Masks 2. There’s some humor in the series, but this is much more of an adventure story.  There’s not a character like Deadpool in Masks 2, but Lady Satan is definitely a trickster if not a jokester.

Midtown: Which of your previous work does Masks 2 most relate to?

Cullen: I think the action/adventure elements might make Masks 2 a distant cousin of The Sixth Gun, which features a lot of wild action, crazy set pieces, and swashbuckling pulpy action.

Midtown: What can fans expect from this series?

Cullen: I’m not sure anyone can predict where this series is going to go. It will, I think, play against expectations and take these characters in some very strange territory. That’s probably the thing I’m most excited about. In the first few issues, we’re telling what seem like three fairly straightforward adventure stories. But those three stories, while different, have some connective tissue that starts to pull them together. By midway through the series, we take a pretty wild turn, and there’s another couple of twists that will take the characters even farther down the rabbit hole.

Midtown: Anything else that you’re currently working on, and that fans can look forward to?

Cullen: I like to stay busy, so I have several more books on the horizon. From Dynamite, I’ll be tackling a short Voltron story. I’m also working on a horror story for Dark Horse called Harrow County that I’m pretty excited about. And The Sixth Gun is still rocketing toward its finale with issue 50, with a couple of spinoff limited series along the way!

 

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