There’s only one thing worse than a world overrun by zombies… a world overrun by Deadpools. That’s what you’re getting in the forthcoming Return of the Living Deadpool series by Cullen Bunn and Nik Virella, which follows up on the earlier Night of the Living Deadpool series which saw Deadpool trapped in a world plunged into a zombie apocalypse. The twist to that series’ finale was that if zombies bit Deadpool they would turn into Deadpool themselves, but Return of the Living Deadpool shows that the thing that saved Wade Wilson in the last series now comes to kill him in this one because each new Deadpool gets a different facet of the Merc with a Mouth’s erratic personality.
This series, which was announced Saturday during New York Comic Con’s “Marvel: Death of Wolverine – The Logan Legacy” panel, is the latest in a line of Deadpool stories for Bunn. Bunn has carved out a spot for himself as a veteran Deadpool writer with this and previous miniseries, despite having never written the character’s main series itself. Now, in mixing in the world of zombies he’s literally creating a pool full of dead Deadpools.
Newsarama: Cullen, Deadpool and his zombie saga is back in Return of the Living Deadpool. What’s going on in this series, which follows up on Night of the Living Deadpool?
Cullen Bunn: When we last left Deadpool, he had figured out a unique way to stop the zombie apocalypse. He managed to boost his healing factor to crazy levels, and every time a zombie bit him, that zombie “became” Deadpool, taking on his personality. So, in theory, every time a zombie bites one of these Deadpools, another Merc With A Mouth is born.
As Return of the Living Deadpool kicks off, a little bit of time has passed, and we see how the world has evolved and changed now that there are hordes of Deadpools in addition to hordes of zombies.
Nrama: So in the last series we saw Deadpool learn he could turn zombies into Deadpools by eating a piece of him. With an army of Deadpools on his side, Wade should have life pretty easy. So what’s the struggle with this series – who is Wade up against?
Bunn: An interesting thing happens when there’s a horde of Deadpools in the world. Deadpool’s various personalities begin manifesting in very different ways. That might not be a good thing for humanity as a whole. What’s more, if there happens to be one of their number who doesn’t fit the mold, they’ll be cast out.
Nrama: What do you think being in the middle of a world overrun with zombies brings out in Wade Wilson?
Bunn: It brings out the absolute worst, at least in terms of the burgeoning society of Deadpools that is forming. Some facets of Deadpool’s personality are dark and insane and even downright evil. As these different aspects of his personality manifest among the society of Deadpools, humans… the survivors… start suffering.
We see that most through the eyes of teenage Liz, the character we follow over the course of the series.
But it brings out the best, too, especially when you look at the one exiled Deadpool who will be joining Liz.
Nrama: When you wrote that original series Night of the Living Deadpool, did you see room in there for a sequel as this has now become?
Bunn: Yeah, I saw potential for the story to continue from where we left off. I wasn’t sure where the story might go, but I knew there was much more story to be told. Where it has gone, though, has been a really pleasant surprise.
Nrama: You’ve become a veteran Deadpool writer – but not of the ongoing series, but a series of well-received miniseries. What’s that like for you to be able to do these self-contained (in most cases) stories?
Bunn: It’s been a great deal of fun. The miniseries offer me a chance to write a really fun character in a variety of situations. It can’t be beat!
Nrama:This and the previous series seem inspired by the Living Dead movie with “Night of the” and now “Return of the”. If sales are good, could fans expect to see more – Dawn of the Deadpool perhaps?
Bunn: There’s really no telling where this could go! There is definitely potential for the story to continue. As with this story as compared to Night of the Living Deadpool, a sequel would take us to some unexpected places.