RARA-AVIS: Re: Nina Zero

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 31 Jan 2005

On Jan 31, 2005, at 12:37 AM, miker wrote:

> There's a big difference between Nina and Hendricks's
> protagonists. Nina is a triumphant comic strip
> character. You can torture her all night long but
> give her an opening and she'll kick your ass, drag a
> Harley off the ground and ride it through a ring of
> fire. Hendricks's women come from Lou Ford's
> neighborhood, not Superman's.

Nina? Nina Zero?

I don't really consider her really noir at all. Hard-boiled, sure, but not all that noir.

And one of the things I like about Nina IS her vulnerabilty, and her continuing battle to rise above it. She's no more a super hero than Marlowe or Archer or any of them.

Are you sure you've read the books? I haven't read all of them, but in all the ones I've read it's her inner toughness (arguably what makes a character hard-boiled) that helps her persevere, not some over-boiled macho comic book bravado. You make her sound like Don Pendleton's Executioner, that shoot 'em up moron who was always far more of a comic book than anything (and considerably more "comic bookish" than most comic books these days).

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