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Interview: Cullen Bunn Talks 'Bloodborne: Lady of the Lantern'

Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen

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In comic shops this week from Titan, Bloodborne: Lady of the Lanterns #1 is the latest in the publisher's series of comics based on the critically acclaimed gothic gaming hit,  Bloodborne

Written by Cullen Bunn with fan-favorite artist Piotr Kowalski, Lady of the Lantern invites seasoned gamers and new readers into the city of Yharnam. Here, new hunters take to the streets to fight against the cruel and unusual epidemic that has gripped the city! It'll take more than a "Boom Hammer" or the "Blade of Mercy" to battle this epidemic, however. Families and faith will be tested...

In the following interview, Eisner Nominated writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Wolverine, Spider-Man: Season One) explains what is so fascinating about the game and how his new comic mini-series expands the lore.

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PREVIEWSworld: Tell us, what first attracted you to the Bloodborne world? Are you a fan of the original game?

Cullen Bunn: I was familiar with Bloodborne long before I actually played the game. I stumbled across it while doing research, and I was immediately fascinated by the look and feel of it. I remember calling a friend of mine, who was a big gamer, and asking him if he was familiar with it, and he went on and on about how amazing it was. Not just the game, but the world and the story. A while later, I actually played the game. And it took me forever just to get out of the first section of the city. But I loved it and was enthralled by the depth of it all.

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PREVIEWSworld: How did you feel when you got the news you’d be working as the writer on this whole new series?

Cullen Bunn: This is one of those series that I just felt like I was the perfect person to write. I felt like I could do something a little different and unexpected. I’m thrilled to have the chance. It really is an honor to build this story for Bloodborne fans, to expand a world so many love.

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PREVIEWSworld: How did you approach writing the story, in terms of building from the established narrative of the game?

Cullen Bunn: Bloodborne is, of course, a story of hunters. as much as illuminating different aspects of it. Players create unique hunters, equip them with wild equipment and weapons, and embark to face the Scourge. With this tale, I wanted to introduce several hunters, all working alone, for the most part, but coming together to face a greater threat. So, we have the opportunity to see the dangers of Yharnam from several different points of view. I wasn’t interested in deconstructing or changing the world and story of Bloodborne as much as illuminating different aspects of it.

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PREVIEWSworld: What do you think makes Bloodborne a good fit for adapting into comic form?

Cullen Bunn: Visually, the world of Bloodborne is stunning—from the setting to the monsters to the characters—and that’s a great place to start when it comes to a comic. Throw in the mystery, the horror, the tragic character moments, and the fast-paced action, and you’ve got a great recipe for adaptation.

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PREVIEWSworld: What do you think fans of the game will love most about this new series?

Cullen Bunn: I think readers who have never played Bloodborne can really enjoy this comic, but fans who have played the game will find lots of nods to the time they’ve spent exploring the world. I’ve really tried to make this series feel like part of the adventure they might be playing through themselves, and they’ll be thrilled to see sights they know and love along the way.

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Bloodborne: Lady of The Lanterns #1 written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Piotr Kowalski arrives on July 27, 2022 at your local comic shop and features covers by Junggeun YoonAbigail Harding,  Damien Worm, and Piotr Kowalski. Reserve your copy with PREVIEWSworld Pullbox.

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TITAN COMICS
BLOODBORNE LADY OF LANTERNS #1 CVR A YOON (MR)
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Piotr Kowalski (CA) Jung-Geun Yoon
New comic series based on the critically acclaimed gothic gaming hit, Bloodborne!
Enter the city of Yharnam through the eyes of its citizens, when new hunters take to the streets to fight against the cruel and unusual epidemic that has gripped the city. In the black of the night, families and faith will be tested...
Fan-favorite artist Piotr Kowalski returns to the series with Eisner Nominated writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Wolverine, Spider-Man: Season One)!
In Shops: Jul 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #376

TITAN COMICS
BLOODBORNE LADY OF LANTERNS #1 CVR B HARDING (MR)
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Piotr Kowalski (CA) Abigail Harding
New comic series based on the critically acclaimed gothic gaming hit, Bloodborne!
Enter the city of Yharnam through the eyes of its citizens, when new hunters take to the streets to fight against the cruel and unusual epidemic that has gripped the city. In the black of the night, families and faith will be tested...
Fan-favorite artist Piotr Kowalski returns to the series with Eisner Nominated writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Wolverine, Spider-Man: Season One)!
In Shops: Jul 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #376

TITAN COMICS
BLOODBORNE LADY OF LANTERNS #1 CVR C WORM (MR)
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Piotr Kowalski (CA) Damien Worm
New comic series based on the critically acclaimed gothic gaming hit, Bloodborne!
Enter the city of Yharnam through the eyes of its citizens, when new hunters take to the streets to fight against the cruel and unusual epidemic that has gripped the city. In the black of the night, families and faith will be tested...
Fan-favorite artist Piotr Kowalski returns to the series with Eisner Nominated writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Wolverine, Spider-Man: Season One)!
In Shops: Jul 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #376

TITAN COMICS
BLOODBORNE LADY OF LANTERNS #1 CVR D KOWALSKI (MR)
(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Piotr Kowalski
New comic series based on the critically acclaimed gothic gaming hit, Bloodborne!
Enter the city of Yharnam through the eyes of its citizens, when new hunters take to the streets to fight against the cruel and unusual epidemic that has gripped the city. In the black of the night, families and faith will be tested...
Fan-favorite artist Piotr Kowalski returns to the series with Eisner Nominated writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Wolverine, Spider-Man: Season One)!
In Shops: Jul 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #376

TITAN COMICS
BLOODBORNE 1-3 BOX SET (RES) (MR)
(W) Ales Kot (A) Piotr Kowalski (CA) Jeff Stokely
A new story set in the world of Bloodborne, FromSoftware and SIE's award-winning gothic gaming hit! A new wanderer arrives in Yharnam, desperate for the city's famed medical wisdom... but as the Great Ones wake and reality itself begins to crumble, can he save his own sanity from the relentless truth? The acclaimed horror-mystery comic from writer Ales Kot (Zero, Days of Hate, Wolf) and artist Piotr Kowalski (Wolfenstein).
Collects Bloodborne Vol. 1-3.
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $49.99
PREVIEWS Page #356

TITAN COMICS
BLOODBORNE TP VOL 04 VEIL TORN ASUNDER (MR)
(W) Ales Kot (A) Piotr Kowalski (CA) Jeff Stokely
As the Great Ones wake, one traveler fights to stay sane in a city falling to madness!
The horror-mystery comic hit in the world of FromSoftware & SIE's hit game BLOODBORNE!
Collects Bloodborne #13-16.
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $17.99

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Troy-Jeffrey Allen is the producer and co-host of PREVIEWSworld Weekly. His comics work includes MF DOOM: All Caps, Public Enemy's Apocalpyse '91, Fight of the Century, the Harvey Award-nominated District Comics, and the Ringo Awards-nominated Magic Bullet.

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