Loveless #3

Aug. 4th, 2018 08:04 pm
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"It’s not going to be as wide open as 100 Bullets is with the supporting cast. There’s going to be four or five characters that follow them around. One of them is a bounty hunter who is a former slave. He’s a very interesting character – Atticus. He’s not a “noble savage.” A lot of popular fiction from that particular time focused on “I just want to do good.” He doesn’t want to do good. He just wants to kill white people. He’s got an axe to grind – rightfully so.

Atticus may turn out to be the character that readers most identify with. I mean, Lono is arguably the most popular character in 100 Bullets despite my best efforts."

- Brian Azzarello

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SEAN FAHEY: What I immediately found interesting about this story was the setting. It’s somewhat unconventional for a Western. Missouri. The Western Confederacy. Reconstruction. At best a loose federal government. A lot of resentment. Probably the most lawless period in our nation’s history. What does this period bring to your story that the conventional Western setting does not?

BRIAN AZZARELLO: It’s the part of the war that we’re not supposed to know about really. What immediately attracted me to that setting when I was doing this was what we’re going through right now – with an occupied nation. It’s very similar. The South was for all intents and purposes occupied. And the Haliburtons and Bechtels of the time were going down there and making some serious money with the government’s blessing. It was completely lawless, and what rules they had were being made up as they went along.

This was also a time when people were promised one thing and it was only delivered very, very briefly. Then it was taken back. No one was happy. The war was over, and no one was happy. Everyone was getting screwed. People were asking, “Was the war about slavery? I don’t know.” They were asking “We fought about this? But we didn’t make a change. They’re free but they’re actually in worse shape than they were before.”


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WIRED.COM: Were you more influenced by original film noir auteurs like Raymond Chandler, Jim Thompson and Sam Fuller, or their postmodernist revisionists like Quentin Tarantino?

BRIAN AZZARELLO: The original auteurs. And I consider 100 Bullets to be postmodern noir.

WIRED.COM: What are your thoughts on noir's substantial creep into cultural narrative, especially that of superheroes?

BRIAN AZZARELLO: I’m certainly guilty of it, which is probably why devoted readers of superhero comics scream bloody murder when I dissect their icons looking for flaws. That’s essential, though, in noir. A character’s flaws drive the story. It’s what attracts me to the genre. I’m interested in damaged people because we’ve all been roughed up in one way or another.

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