Red 3 (February 2004)

Seriously, someone read Red and wanted to option it for a movie? I just finished reading it and I want to burn the memory from my mind. Ellis gives the comic some big Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ending like anyone cares. I’d forgotten how much I loathe this hipster comic books.

This issue has a lot more dialogue. It still generally takes place in about five minutes, but it’s a dialogue heavy five minutes. The protagonist gets to ramble on about real men and so on and so forth. The second issue reminded me a little of Rambo; this third one made me wish Ellis could write dialogue as well as a Rambo movie. He’s so self-indulgent and bad it boggles the mind.

It’s one of those comics one could easily laugh about but I cannot. I read the entire thing and so the joke is on me.


Writer, Warren Ellis; artist, Cully Hamner; colorist, David Self; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Ben Abernathy; publisher, Homage Comics.

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