It's rare when a comic book maintains the same writer and artist team throughout it's entire run. However, this has been the case for writer Brian Azzarello's and artist Eduardo Risso's ' 100 Bullets' since the book's release back in August of 1999, nearly ten years ago. The comic, which has seen a tremendous amount of success, will finally be coming to a close on July 11th. MTV caught up with Azzarello to discuss what it was like ending this series.
Azzarello had considered extending the books, but in the end, he decided against it, citing that the series will end exactly the way he had planned for it to end ten years ago this summer.
“It’s a funeral,” said Azzarello. "Okay, it’s a wake, maybe,...We did this book for nearly ten years. 100 issues with the same team — that doesn’t happen very often. I will never do that again,” he said. “Yeah, it’s stable, but it’s a big, big commitment to write something serialized for 10 years. … Maybe something that would only take two years of our time, tops — something quick and dirty.”
The author also cited the possibility of a spin-off of his successful Vertigo series, and isn't ruling out the prospect of bringing the successful series to other mediums; television for example.
“I didn’t start writing it until I had an ending. From day one, I’ve known where this was going,” said Azzarello. “[But] about a year before it was set to end, Vertigo came to me and said, ‘If you don’t want to end it, you don’t have to.’”
For fans of the series, how do you feel? If you've been following Azzarello's book for the last ten years, will you be sad to see ' 100 Bullets' go? I feel like this was certainly something special that both the writer and artist put a lot of thought into. I would imagine that writing and drawing the same characters for ten years would lead the creators to grow pretty attached to the characters as well as the story line. At least I imagine that's how I would feel. You can check out ' 100 Bullets: Last Shot' in stores on July 11th.
“Television — there’s an idea!” the author exclaimed. “That’s all I’ll say. Television… or maybe something that’s not just TV.”