Brian Azzarello

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Brian Azzarello
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Azzarello at the 2011 New York Comic Con.
Born (1962-08-11) August 11, 1962 (age 51)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
100 Bullets
Before Watchmen: Comedian
Before Watchmen: Rorschach
Hellblazer
Joker
Lex Luthor: Man of Steel
Loveless
Wonder Woman
Awards Eisner Award (2001)

Brian Azzarello (born in Cleveland, Ohio, August 11, 1962) is an American comic book writer. He came to prominence with the hardboiled crime series 100 Bullets, published by DC Comics' mature-audience imprint Vertigo. In 2011, he became the writer of DC's relaunched Wonder Woman series.

Career[edit]

Prior to his rise to prominence as a writer, he was best known as the line editor for Andrew Rev's incarnation of Comico. Azzarello's first published comics work was "An Undead Evolution", a text article in Cold Blooded #1 (May 1993) published by Northstar. His first story for DC Comics was "Ares" which appeared in Weird War Tales vol. 2 #1 (June 1997). He and artist Eduardo Risso launched the 100 Bullets series for Vertigo in August 1999.[1] In addition to 100 Bullets, Azzarello has written for Batman ("Broken City"; Batman/Deathblow: After the Fire; Joker), Hellblazer and Superman ("For Tomorrow" and Lex Luthor: Man of Steel). In 2003, upon being assigned to write both the Batman and Superman titles, Azzarello told the Chicago Tribune, "DC is giving me the keys to both cars in the garage, the Maserati and the Ferrari...Somebody told me, 'Don't drive drunk.'"[2]

In 2005, Azzarello began a new creator-owned series, the western Loveless, with artist Marcelo Frusin.[3] Also at Vertigo, his Filthy Rich original graphic novel was one of the two titles that launched the Vertigo Crime line.[4] Azzarello and Risso produced a Batman serial for Wednesday Comics in 2009.[5][6]

He designed the First Wave, a new fictional universe for DC Comics, separate from the main DC Universe. It starts with a Batman/Doc Savage one-shot,[7] followed by the First Wave limited series.[8]

In 2011 he began writing The New 52 relaunch of the Wonder Woman series, collaborating with artist Cliff Chiang.[9] He wrote two Before Watchmen limited series featuring the Comedian and Rorschach.[10][11] In 2014, he and Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, and Dan Jurgens co-wrote The New 52: Futures End.[12]

Influences[edit]

Azzarello cites Jim Thompson and David Goodis among his influences.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Azzarello is married to fellow comic book creator Jill Thompson.[15] The couple reside in Chicago.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

Early work[edit]

Vertigo[edit]

  • Weird War Tales #1: "Ares" (with James Romberger, 1997)
  • Gangland #1: "Clean House" (with Tim Bradstreet, 1998) collected in Gangland (tpb, 112 pages, 2000, ISBN 1-56389-608-7)
  • Jonny Double #1-4 (with Eduardo Risso, 1998) collected as Jonny Double: Two-Finger Discount (tpb, 104 pages, 2002, ISBN 1-56389-815-2)
  • Heartthrobs #2: "The Other Side of Town" (with Tim Bradstreet, 1999)
  • Flinch:
    • "Food Chain" (with Eduardo Risso, in #2, 1999)
    • "Last Call" (with Danijel Žeželj, in #10, 2000)
    • "The Shaft" (with Javier Pulido, in #13, 2000)
  • 100 Bullets:
    • Volume 1 (hc, 456 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3201-9) collects:
      • "100 Bullets" (with Eduardo Risso, in #1-3, 1999)
      • "Shot, Water Back" (with Eduardo Risso, in #4-5, 1999)
      • "Short Con, Long Odds" (with Eduardo Risso, in #6-7, 2000)
      • "Silencer Nights" (with Eduardo Risso, in Vertigo: Winter's Edge #3, 2000)
      • "Day, Hour, Minute...Man" (with Eduardo Risso, in #8, 2000)
      • "The Right Ear, Left in the Cold" (with Eduardo Risso, in #9-10, 2000)
      • "Heartbreak Sunnyside Up" (with Eduardo Risso, in #11, 2000)
      • "Parlez Kung Vous" (with Eduardo Risso, in #12-14, 2000)
      • "Hang Up on the Hang Low" (with Eduardo Risso, in #15-18, 2000-2001)
      • "Epilogue for a Road Dog" (with Eduardo Risso, in #19, 2001)
    • Volume 2 (hc, 416 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3372-4) collects:
      • "The Mimic" (with Eduardo Risso, in #20, 2001)
      • "Sell Fish & Out to Sea" (with Eduardo Risso, in #21-22, 2001)
      • "Red Prince Blues" (with Eduardo Risso, in #23-25, 2001)
      • "Mr. Branch & the Family Tree" (with Eduardo Risso and various artists, in #26, 2001)
      • "Idol Chatter" (with Eduardo Risso, in #27, 2001)
      • "¡Contrabandolero!" (with Eduardo Risso, in #28-30, 2001-2002)
      • "The Counterfifth Detective" (with Eduardo Risso, in #31-36, 2002)
    • Volume 3 (hc, 512 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3729-0) collects:
      • "On Accidental Purpose" (with Eduardo Risso, in #37, 2002)
      • "Cole Burns Slow Hand" (with Eduardo Risso, in #38, 2002)
      • "Ambition's Audition" (with Eduardo Risso, in #39, 2002)
      • "Night of the Payday" (with Eduardo Risso, in #40, 2003)
      • "A Crash" (with Eduardo Risso, in #41, 2003)
      • "Point off the Edge" (with Eduardo Risso, in #42, 2003)
      • "Chill in the Oven" (with Eduardo Risso, in #43-46, 2003)
      • "In Stinked" (with Eduardo Risso, in #47-49, 2003-2004)
      • "Prey for Reign" (with Eduardo Risso, in #50, 2004)
      • "Wylie Runs the Voodoo Down" (with Eduardo Risso, in #51-57, 2004-2005)
      • "Coda Smoke" (with Eduardo Risso, in #58, 2005)
    • Strychnine Lives (tpb, 224 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-4012-0928-9) collects:
      • "The Calm" (with Eduardo Risso, in #59, 2005)
      • "Staring at the Son" (with Eduardo Risso, in #60-63, 2005)
      • "The Dive" (with Eduardo Risso, in #64, 2005)
      • "New Tricks" (with Eduardo Risso, in #65-66, 2005-2006)
      • "Love Let Her" (with Eduardo Risso, in #67, 2006)
    • Decayed (tpb, 192 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1939-X) collects:
      • "Sleep, Walker" (with Eduardo Risso, in #68, 2006)
      • "A Wake" (with Eduardo Risso, in #69-74, 2006)
      • "Amorality Play" (with Eduardo Risso, in #75, 2006)
    • Once Upon a Crime (tpb, 192 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1315-4) collects:
      • "Punch Line" (with Eduardo Risso, in #76-79, 2006-2007)
      • "A Split Decision" (with Eduardo Risso, in #80, 2007)
      • "Tarantula" (with Eduardo Risso, in #81-83, 2007)
    • Dirty (tpb, 128 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1939-X) collects:
      • "The Lady Tonight" (with Eduardo Risso, in #84, 2007)
      • "Red Lions" (with Eduardo Risso, in #85, 2007)
      • "Rain in Vain" (with Eduardo Risso, in #86, 2008)
      • "The Blister" (with Eduardo Risso, in #87, 2008)
      • "My Lonely Friend" (with Eduardo Risso, in #88, 2008)
    • Wilt (tpb, 304 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2287-0) collects:
      • "100 Bullets" (with Eduardo Risso, in #89-100, 2008-2009)
  • Strange Adventures #4: "Native Tongue" (with Esad Ribić, 2000)
  • Hellblazer:
  • El Diablo #1-4 (with Danijel Žeželj, 2001) collected as El Diablo (tpb, 104 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1625-0)
  • Loveless (with Marcelo Frusin, Danijel Žeželj and Werther Dell'Edera, 2005-2008) collected as:
  • Vertigo Crime: Filthy Rich (with Victor Santos, graphic novel, hc, 200 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-1184-4)
  • Spaceman #1-9 (with Eduardo Risso, 2011-2012) collected as Spaceman (hc, 224 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3552-2)

DC Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

Awards and homages[edit]

Azzarello and Argentine artist Eduardo Risso, with whom Azzarello first worked on Jonny Double,[16] won the 2001 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story for 100 Bullets #15–18: "Hang Up on the Hang Low".[17]

Mark Waid's and Alex Ross' Elseworlds limited series Kingdom Come features a character named "666", who is physically modeled after Azzarello.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brian Azzarello at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ a b Mowatt, Raoul V. (November 14, 2003), "Chicagoan takes a flier with Superman, Batman", Chicago Tribune, archived from the original on November 13, 2011, retrieved November 13, 2011 
  3. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008). "Loveless". In Dougall, Alastair. The Vertigo Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. pp. 116–117. ISBN 978-0756641221. OCLC 213309015. 
  4. ^ Arrant, Chris (August 15, 2008). "Karen Berger on the Vertigo Crime Line". Newsarama. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 338. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "[Wednesday Comics] contained fifteen continuous stories including...'Batman' with a story by Brian Azzarello and art by Eduardo Risso." 
  6. ^ Trecker, Jamie (September 3, 2009). "Wednesday Comics Thursday: Brian Azzarello On Batman". Newsarama. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (August 11, 2009). "Azzarello Reimagines Doc Savage". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  8. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (October 12, 2009). "Azzarello Pulps Up DCU With First Wave". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ Melrose, Kevin (August 22, 2011). "Relaunched Wonder Woman is ‘a horror book,’ Brian Azzarello says". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (April 16, 2012). "Brian Azzarello Talks Before Watchmen, After the Controversy". Newsarama. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Behrens, Web (November 16, 2012). "Wonder Woman and Before Watchmen writer Brian Azzarello Interview outtakes". Time Out Chicago. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ Moore, Matt (December 11, 2013). "DC Readies Weekly Weekly Series, Futures End for Spring". Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Waters, Tom (December 1, 2006). "Rapid Fire With Brian Azzarello". Acid Logic. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ Phillips, Dan (October 23, 2008). "The Joker's Wild Ride". IGN. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Rockford Register Star staff. (November 7, 2005). "Meet a couple of comic book creators". The Rockford Register Star. Pg. 1E
  16. ^ Irvine "Jonny Double " in Dougall, p. 112
  17. ^ Irvine "100 Bullets" in Dougall, pp. 11-17
  18. ^ Cronin, Brian (April 17, 2008). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #151". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. "In Kingdom Come, Alex Ross DID specifically use [Jill] Thompson as the model for Joker’s Daughter (and her husband, Brian Azzarello, as the basis for another character, the villain 666)." 

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Preceded by
Darko Macan
Hellblazer writer
2000-2002
Succeeded by
Mike Carey
Preceded by
Jeph Loeb
Batman writer
2003-2004
Succeeded by
Judd Winick
Preceded by
Joe Kelly
Superman vol. 2 writer
2004-2005
Succeeded by
Judd Winick
Preceded by
J. Michael Straczynski
Wonder Woman writer
2011—
Succeeded by
Incumbent