Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: occult P.I.s

From: Sean Shapiro (
Date: 13 Jun 2008

'That's how you can tell they're hard-boiled. And noir. Both terms now refer to clothing and whether anyone smokes.'
  Actually, no.
  The stories in Hellblazer are noir because they are bleak. They deal with crime and mystery. The endings are not always comfortable. And everyone, including the main character, is morally ambiguous. The trench coat and the smokes are a 'wink' to the audience and should be taken with the requisite irony. (In Dr Occult's case, however, the outfit was already a clich銊in the 40s.)
  But you are right. All too often a trench coat and a line of patter are automatically passed off as noir.


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