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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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