Cullen Bunn is no stranger to writing monsters, having populated the worlds of his creator-owned series "The Sixth Gun" and "Helheim" with all manner of demons, devils and other ne'er do well creatures. But in "Terrible Lizard," Bunn has to think a little bigger -- a lot bigger, actually -- for his all-ages, Oni Press published, T-Rex-starring tale set to hit stores in November.
Joined by artist's Drew Moss and Ryan Hill, Bunn's story about "a girl and her dinosaur-fightin' dinosaur" is a time-tossed tale of adventure, family and -- naturally -- gigantic lizards battling each other.
CBR News spoke with Bunn about his feelings on the importance of all-ages comics material and his love of the giant lizards, as the writer shared a bit about what readers can expect from his miniseries and reveals why we have plastic dinosaur toys, roadside attractions and Jack Kirby to thank for the creation of "Terrible Lizard." Plus, an exclusive, extended preview of the first issue!
CBR News: What's the basic premise of "Terrible Lizard?"
Cullen Bunn: This is the story of a girl and her dinosaur-fightin' dinosaur.
Our lead character, Jess, lives with her father at a government-funded think tank/laboratory. Her father is the scientist in charge of all temporal displacement projects. One of those projects tears a hole through time and space, pulling a T-Rex into our world. This dinosaur quickly bonds with Jess, and it proves to be more mischievous than monstrous. But experiments of this nature always have complications -- and the T-Rex comes with a doozy.
Residual temporal energies that are clinging to the dinosaur are pulling other creatures into our world. Unlike the T-Rex, these creatures are hideously mutated and bent on destruction. Because the dinosaur is the focal point for these gateways through time and space, he is quickly marked for death by the government. This, of course, doesn't sit well with Jess and her prehistoric friend, so they run away, pursued by the military as well as mutants.
From those humble beginnings, readers can expect to have a lot of fun! This is the story of friendship, of the relationship between a father and daughter, and of lots and lots of monster fighting action!
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