Red Team #1

Red Team #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Craig Cermak Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: February 6, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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Part one: The First-Timers. Eddie Mellinger, Trudy Giroux, Duke Wylie and George Winburn are Red Team: the NYPD's elite anti-narcotics unit. They've taken down one drug lord after another with a careful blend of meticulous surveillance and applied violence, but their latest case has even them stumped. Their frustration leads them to take extreme measures- setting them on a path from which there can be no coming back. As they're about to discover, doing the wrong thing can be very, very seductive.

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Feb 1, 2013

    Some of Garth Ennis' works are really out there, graphically violent, and sometimes petulantly vitrolic, (all of which can be immensely engaging and cool), but Red Team is Ennis at his most realistic and morally ambiguous best. If Red Team #1 is any indication of the types of works we can expect from Dynamite Entertainment's crime line, they can't publish them fast enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - thorverine Feb 6, 2013

    Ennis has another hit on his hands with Red Team. This is one crime drama that's worth your attention. If this is how Dynamite is going to handle their new crime stories, then I'm game. The story isn't entirely new, but the way Ennis goes about it makes it very fresh. Ennis and Cermak make a fantastic team 5/5 Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Feb 4, 2013

    The writing in this book is unbelievable, in a great way. Garth establishes on the second page that the worst possible thing that could happen does but he slowly builds the suspense as the issue progresses until you feel a knot in your stomach as the issue comes to a close. The dialog is tight and believable and everything slowly builds to the last page and it then leaves you wanting more and isn't that exactly what a first issue of a new series should do? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Feb 11, 2013

    It is very hard to judge a series from just one issue, but I have really got a good feeling about this book. Ennis has set up a really intriguing series that I am eager to follow. If you are fans of the tv shows "The Wire" or "The Shield" then I suggest you read this first issue and make your own mind up. It is a 3.99 book but I feel that you really get your moneys worth due to the amount of content in it. You will need to put aside a good 20 minutes to get through this and to get a good feel for it; however I can guarantee that if you are into this sort of thing then it will be a 20 minutes really well spent. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 7, 2013

    This first issue blew me away. It's so good, words can't do it justice. If you're a fan of cop shows or noir, this is an absolute must buy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Feb 11, 2013

    This is Garth Ennis at his finest, playing with complex characters and exploring morally ambiguous themes. He is ably aided by Craig Cermak who's simple and realistic style sets a tone for Ennis' exploration of the morality of power, and how a thin line of judgment can break both the justice system and the individuals that work to maintain it. This issue is mostly set up so there are some growing pains, but it sets up a series of with great potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - dmburns81 Feb 8, 2013

    Red Team could become a good comic but it is off to a bit of a slow start. While nothing is "bad" about it, you'd be better served by spending $4 on two downloaded episodes of The Wire. Cermak's art is serviceable, but again, nothing got me excited for next month's installment---not a good sign in a first issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 9, 2013

    Garth Ennis rarely produces a dud. This series could very well pick up and turn into something very special. However, as far as first issues go this is a really slow, unoriginal and boring read. There just isn't anything to commend the book on. This one may be for the real die-hard fans of Garth Ennis or perhaps true crime stories. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Feb 6, 2013

    "Red Team" #1 might be a good idea that's not well presented. Garth Ennis is a writer who should be able to do good things with this idea and these characters, but this issue is relatively turgid. Not even grand enough to be a spectacle, this book is a whimper of a crime not even worth unraveling. Read Full Review

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