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Interview with Brian Azzarello | Napoli Comicon 2018

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Published on May 03, 2018

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During the Napoli Comicon 2018 we have had the opportunity to exchange some banter with the legendary Brian Azzarello – author of The Dark Knight – Breed, Supreme, and a series of cornerstones marked DC including 100 Bullets, Hellblazer, the Joker, lex Luthor...

After a long autograph session, and visibly flushed, the writer has responded to all our questions, but not before they have procured an ice-cold beer...

MF: Benvuto on MangaForever, Mr. Azzarello...

BA: Thank you! It is wonderful to be here at Napoli Comicon...

MF: we Start, of course, by Breed Supreme...

BA: Because we start from there?

MF: Why RW Lion has just completed the publication of the series here in Italy and brought here to the Napoli Comicon, preview, version deluxe hardcover...

BA: okay, it seems to me a good motivation...

MF: do you Think that this particular version of Batman, that of the universe de The Return of the Dark Knight, it still has a socio-political, and that the public can grasp also in the Race Supreme?

BA: I hope well! But I also hope that their perception has changed, 30 years have passed from the graphic novel of the original. Of course, you have to look differently at the issues that dominate our society: what we were worried about that thirty years ago, no worries there, today!

MF: We step into the recent past: his run on Wonder Woman was... incredible! What was the idea behind the apparent change of tone of the character, and the series, than in the past?

BA: he Had need of good antagonists. I didn't want to delete the item in the mythological but “update it”, making it contemporary: if the gods were to be venerated today they would look “contemporary”... it's a bit the concept at the basis of a certain reading of the Greek mythology.

MF: I, personally, enjoyed his run and I think he could stay still on the character, because there is always another story to tell...

BA: I Had a project, I told the story I wanted to tell. The end. The comic strip serial would question on this aspect...

MF: it is of the opinion that writers today do not have enough time to tell its story or develop their characters?

BA: No not really... I think the serial comic strips instead should be more “self-contained” with narrative arcs more narrow and essential. If you want to write already thinking about the collection in the volume is fine, but also to collect the two narrative arcs from 3 stories to one would be fine...

MF: his name is always associated with noir and crime fiction, especially about 100 Bullets, and in recent years, however, this particular genre seems to have moved, as the background, from the big cities to the american province as its two series, creator-owned Moonshine and American Monster: do you think that is something that has to do with the political and social climate of modern day America?

BA: After 100 numbers of 100 Bullets I just want to get out of the city! [Laughs – Ed.] The truth is that in order to explore this genre the big cities you have a lot to offer, but that they sell out “quickly”, in order to explore other aspects of the crime, I wanted to get away from the urban setting... now that I think actually many new series in this genre are set in the province of...

MF: Let's make a jump in the less recent past... his run on Hellblazer: after more than a dozen years of writers and themes that are decidedly british, he took John Constantine and he has literally thrown in the middle of America, creating what is, in my opinion, is a distorted version of the legendary "American Gothic" by Alan Moore...

BA: There were a lot of strange things [weird things – Ed.] in that run... when I entrusted the task, after that I think 140 numbers or so, I thought that the time had come to take John from his head. From a certain point of view it was an effort, a conscious decision to be inspired by "American Gothic": we know what there is in the head of John, let's see what there is outside...

MF: Has written two graphic novels with exceptional protagonists, two villains, Joker and lex Luthor, there is a trick, according to her, to write a good villain? Or, more simply, able to connect better with these character?

BA: I don't think there is a way to write a good story about a bad, or maybe yes... the problem is that the two graphic novels you mentioned have as protagonists two characters that, from their point of view, I was not expecting to be the bad guys. It is a cliché, that every villain is the hero in their own story, but take Luthor for example, there is a certain rationality in what he does and in his point of view...

MF: After having spoken enough of the past, think about the future... for Black Label will return to work with Lee Bermejo on Batman: Damned. There will be the murder of the Joker, Batman will investigate with John Constantine, can you give us some other detail?

BA: I can tell you with absolute certainty that there will be no murder! I don't know why the DC has provided the synopsis... there is definitely a “mystery” but I can't tell you more, I'm sorry!

MF: This is a trick question... in the last few weeks has been associated with the Suicide Squad: he will take the reins of the regular series?

BA: I Want to be clear: they are just rumors! there is nothing written and I don't want to further feed these items...

MF: I Think that Suicide Squad would be a series that would fit perfectly to his style...

BA: AND this is exactly the problem... think about it a lot! If, and I stress if, I were to one day write the Suicide Squad, I would just respecting the concept at the base of the group...

MF: The last question is in regards to Superman. How difficult was it to write Superman, I mean, obviously, Superman For Tomorrow, than, for example, Batman with whom she had already had to do on several occasions?

BA: it was challenging, it was a process very natural... you know I tend to change my style rather try what the character needs in that moment.

MF: Thanks so much!

BA: Thank you!

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