July 28, 2021
“Civilization is a lie.” That is the first line of the synopsis for The Last Book You’ll Ever Read. It is also the best way to sum up the latest series from Vault Comics. Written by Cullen Bunn, the horror title features art from Leila Leiz, colors by Giada Marchisio, and letters from Jim Campbell. Tim Daniel completes the creative team on designs.
Bunn chatted with The Beat about the book and his thoughts on humanity’s hidden (or not so hidden) dark side.
Deanna Destito: What was the inspiration behind this book?
Cullen Bunn: Some time ago, I wrote the words “Civilization is a lie” in one of my notebooks. I don’t know why that notion sprang into my head, but it struck me as interesting enough to jot down. I let it sit for a little while. Eventually, I returned to it and started layering new ideas onto that initial concept. I was just brainstorming, really, but I started to develop this world in which people were becoming more feral and animalistic and violent. They were becoming stronger, faster, and more aware, too. As I kept adding new ideas to the mix, I eventually stumbled onto the character of Olivia Kade, an author who had written a bestselling book about this apparent breakdown in societal norms. Olivia really spoke to me. Here she was, watching a collapse in the world around her, trying to make sense of it all. Soon, she rose to the top as our lead character, and the book she had written became something of the focal point of the story.