Taking the Pulse of “Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team", Interview with Cullen Bunn and Miguel Valderrama

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August 31, 2020

pecial thanks to Devinaut ( Night City IO ) for finding this gem that was released earlier today. Writer Cullen Bunn and Illustrator Miguel Valderrama sit down with Gregory Ellner of Multiversity Comics to discuss the upcoming Trauma Team comic which is due out on September 9th, 2020.

During the interview they discuss several details pertaining to the time period the comic is set in, if the comic and characaters are tied into the 2077's story arch or not and more. I've taken a few excerpts from the article and postem them below.

If you'd like to read the full article you can head over Multiversity Comics

Trauma Team Comic Issue #3 Cover

How would you both explain the general concept of this series, without spoiling anything? Elevator pitch, or more if you prefer.

Cullen Bunn: Trauma Team is a squad of elite medical and rescue technicians, expertly equipped and heavily armed. Their clients pay for extraction and treatment when they get themselves into hot water. Nadia is a member of Trauma Team, but she has experienced a great deal of pain and suffering herself. In her last mission, she managed to save her patient, but the rest of her team ended up getting slaughtered. She’s now been cleared for active duty again, but the memories of that day haunt her. And she needs her head in the game. The patient they are going to rescue is pinned down by a ferocious gang of killers, trapped in a towering skyscraper-turned-deathtrap.

Trauma Team International is a fixture in the world of Cyberpunk 2077, as people keeping an eye on the game’s development have surmised, not to mention people who know the franchise lore. When does this story take place with regards to the rest? Did you have a set time period in mind relative to anything to happen in the upcoming game, or did you just tell a story that fits somewhere else in the same world?

CB: In my mind, this story takes place during the same timeline as the game. It’s just another story playing out somewhere in the shadows. It has a kind of evergreen quality as it is not bound to any events of the game. It’s a story that readers can enjoy whether or not they play the game, really. We just wanted to show off that there is more going on in Night City than you realize. If we do more stories, they might focus on different characters and different aspects of the Cyberpunk 2077 mythology.

Considering the very unusual position Trauma Team International has in comparison to other medical operatives in fiction, being essentially a medical private military corporation with no qualms about killing to get to their client, this series is definitely not the standard fare for those expecting medics from other franchises. With a world as cynical as this, are there particular things you two are especially excited about exploring in “Trauma Team,” from concepts to other mega-corporations or anything else?

CB: Our lead character, Nadia, offers up an interesting dichotomy. She is not necessarily a cynical person (by Night City standards). She actually wants to help people. She wants to treat the sick and injured. But that isn’t her job. Her job is to treat those who have paid for TTI’s services. What happens if she is treating a client and sees an injured child nearby? She might want to do one thing, but the job—and her teammates—might have other goals. What happens if she is assigned to rescue and treat someone who doesn’t deserve to be rescued? I think a lot of people will be able to understand being caught between what’s right and what your job requires of you.

MV: This story sums up almost every aspect of the medical system, but living the times we’re living, what would they do in a pandemic? It couldn’t be more Cyberpunk.

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