Review: Garth Ennis’ Red Team #2
The Rules: in which our heroes take a further step down a very dangerous road and lay out their battle plan. But not everyone is happy with the unit’s new direction, especially some of the other players in the game…
Dynamite’s crime line of comics rolls on this week with the release of Red Team #2. The cop turned killers book is written by Garth Ennis with art by Craig Cermak. Adriano Lucas provides colors with Rob Steen providing lettering. The first issue was a great start to the new line for crime stories, so does this issue keep it up?
The first issue saw Detective Melinger being interrogated about Red Team’s decision to start taking matters into their own hands and start killing criminals who slip thorough the fingers of lady Justice. This time Detective Giroux, the female member of the team, is in the hot seat. Her story centers on how the team decided to keep going on with the killings and how they set up the rules for how they’d handle each particular case. The rules are cut and dry, though hard to follow completely: absolute certainty, never make it personal, think like cops, no speeches, don’t make hits based on info only cops have, and they have to be evil. With the rules set, the team start looking for who the next hit will be.
Ennis crafts another great story. We get a little more character development than last issue. Melinger and Giroux get the spotlight this time, so hopefully we get more about our other two members next month. It is a wordy book. There is a little action, but this is a crime drama. It’s nice to get a solid story that normally wouldn’t play out in the pages of a comic book, played out in a comic book. It actually works. Cermak does a great job with the art. With a lot of sitting and talking, he had to do some heavy lifting. He makes everything interesting. Lucas’ colors are just as good, especially when the actual hit is taking place.
Bottom Line: Red Team has kicked off Dynamite’s crime line perfectly. We get a story with familiar elements told in a fresh and interesting way. Ennis sums things up with what’s going on in the book perfectly with the no speeches rule. He tweaks the nose of other similar stories by stating the team will never start pontificating on why the criminal is starring down the barrel of a gun. Red Team #2 is another solid issue 4/5
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