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"The opening issue of 'Mr.T' is pretty much a mystery thriller that takes place in more of a real world, very street level setting," Bunting told CBR News. "A lot of strange stuff is going on, including a dangerous new drug. The neighborhood is really falling into decay because of it. Someone needs to pull it out and clean it up, but the only person who can do that is nowhere to be seen. As for what the 'Mr.T' comic is about, it's going to be a comic with a real entertainment factor. It'll be contemporary and will be layered with action, adventure and intrigue. It'll also have depth and substance. And, hey, it's got a sensational star!"
The characters in "Mr.T" are likely familiar to many, but for the new fans, Bunting is happy to re-introduce the diverse world of Mr.T. "The star of the comic is of course none other than Mr.T himself. Now, just about everyone knows who Mr.T is from his starring roles in TV and film to guest-appearances in rap videos and high-rating cartoon shows. But there will still be those that ask, 'what does the T stand for?' Well, the answer will also shed light on his comic character so I'll run through it. The T stands for tender for the good guys and trouble for the bad guys. This is going to be the Mr.T we all know and love -- like they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
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"Last but not least is the Padilla crime family."
With the perceived "nostalgia craze" cooling down in the last year or two, it might seem odd for such a genuinely nostalgic character to be brought back in today's comic book market, but Bunting explains that it was his passion for the mythos of the character that got the project rolling. "In a way it was very simple. I'm a comic writer, I'm a Mr.T fan … what was a more ideal plan than a Mr.T comic book? I approached APComics with this suggestion, they loved it and, there and then, they agreed to publish it. We secured the rights to do so, and then came assembling the creative team. I'd met inker Randy Emberlin at the San Diego Comic-Con 2004, a real talent who's worked on such titles as 'Amazing Spider-Man' and 'X-Men.' His style was ideal for what I had planned, so I'd always had Randy in mind as inker for Mr.T. Then we made a real discovery with our penciler, Neil Edwards. Neil had just come off a stint on big Brit comic, '2000AD,' and I guess just happened to be in the right place at the right time. His rendition of Mr.T and his terrific art style meant he was onboard the book in a flash. His pencil pages alone never cease to amaze me, and everyone - including Mr.T! - is so excited by his art. Finally, we needed a colorist. Neil and Randy already made one unbeatable art team so therefore I knew we had to get our choice of colorist exactly right. APComics suggested Don MacKinnon. We've not looked back since. Don truly is one of the very best in the biz. And the biggest hitter on our creative team? Guess."
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Initial reaction to "Mr.T' has been excellent, according to Bunting, and he says that is part sales and part publicity. "It's been great, it really has, from the reaction of fans to the actual pre-orders. 'Mr.T' is already APComics's best selling title ever and it's still so early. I can say with utmost certainty that the first print of 'Mr.T #1' will sell-out very quickly ... so don't miss out!
"The attention on Mr.T from outside of the comic industry has been fantastic too: Dozens of newspapers, radio stations, magazines and websites all reporting on it. We're being contacted by the media and press virtually every day. This can only be a good thing for the comic industry too, which doesn't get enough spotlight."
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"It's always been my dream to write comic books since I was a kid, and to be here now, writing such a hotly anticipated comic like 'Mr.T' and chatting away to the renowned CBR … well, I can't complain. As for what's next, I've just agreed to adapt a major novel into comic form, but apart from that I'm not shy -- I'm open to offers!"
With the apparent success of the book so far, Bunting is excited about and encourages reader to try the book before they pass judgment. "Let's be honest, we could let Mr.T's name alone sell this comic book for us, sit back and do some hack work. We're not. We're here to tell the coolest and most entertaining stories possible, featuring this terrific, iconic character. In fact, I truly believe that Mr.T will both reset and start some trends in the comic industry! We've some big plans with this big star!
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"Plus we know the bad guys will get no pity from Mr.T…!"
CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland contributed to this story.