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Brian Azzarello - "God created the Devil. He created Lono too."

The Eisner award-winning team behind, 100 Bullets--writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso, reunite to tell the story of the baddest Minuteman of all. When last we saw Lono in 100 Bullets, Dizzy Cordova had shot him through the chest ... but Lono always was too tough to die. Now, after the final events of 100 Bullets, Lono finds himself in Mexico working on the side of the angels. Check out what Brian had to say about "100 Bullets: Brother Lono". BrotherLono

Question 1: You don’t need to read 100 Bullets to pick up "100 Bullets: Brother Lono", so what’s your tagline to new readers for this miniseries?

Brian Azzarello: "You don't need to read 100 Bullets to pick up "100 Bullets: Brother Lono" sounds like a good one. "God created the devil. He created Lono too." That works as well.

Q2: Brother Lono has a very different feel than 100 Bullets, but still fits comfortably in that world you created. How did you find the right balance of creating something totally new that still fits with 100 Bullets?

BA: Eduardo and I never want to repeat ourselves, so going back to a character from 100 Bullets we had to have a fresh perspective on him, or why bother? Turns out we had one… a rotten fresh perspective.

Q3: 100 Bullets has been compared to jazz and you’ve called BROTHER LONO “mariachi death metal,” so what would that make WONDER WOMAN? And who would be in a “punk rock” 100 BULLETS spinoff?

BA: WONDER WOMAN is definitely metal--Norwegian black metal. As for a 100 BULLETS punk spin-off… there's NO FUTURE for that.

Q4: If Lono was never one of the Minutemen, what do you think he would have ended up as?

BA: A Hollywood executive.

Q5: Out of the characters you’ve written—such as Lono, other Minutemen, Joker, Comedian, and Rorschach—who do you think is most messed up in the head?

BA: C'mon, what kind of question is that? Only one of them is insane…

Q6: Was the collaborative process with Eduardo Risso the same as it was on 100 BULLETS, or was the process different on BROTHER LONO?

BA: Well, it was more familiar, but still a joy. What can I say? I'm still in love with what we create. This time though, I was going through some seriously stressful quicksand in my life, and Eduardo really picked me up through this story. I owe him. We owe him. 

Q7: Did you have to think about where to draw the line with Lono’s villainous qualities, or did you trust that audiences would always love to hate him?

BA: Boy are you wrong. Readers don't love to hate him, they hate to love him. That's why he's so compelling.


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