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Red City

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liked it 3.00  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In the wake of a system-wide civil war, hard-nosed interplanetary investigator Cal Talmage is given a simple mission to find a missing ambassador's daughter in Mars Central, aka RED CITY.
The routine case quickly complicates as Cal finds himself in the midst of rival alien mobs, street vendettas and political conspiracies. He struggles with personal demons as he discovers
Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Image Comics (first published November 11th 2014)
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Interplanetary investigator, Cal Talmage, is given a job to find a missing girl, the daughter of an important diplomat. Mars Central, the Red City, is being used as the focal point for a new treaty between Venus and Mars but if Cal doesn't put the pieces together quickly the treaty may be used to sanctify genocide.

This is an entertaining mix of sci-fi and PI noir with lots of twists and turns in the sto
Jan 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
This read briskly, looked fine, and played out quite well, but I have no idea what was going on. If you want a noir set on Mars where everyone is introduced too quickly for their real motives and behind-the-scenes machinations to register at all, welcome on board. I had the sense throughout of just watching, as I couldn't engage with, these proceedings. At times I found myself enjoying a few pages here and there, before I remembered I had no idea to whom they referred, such is the complexity of ...more
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'd like to review this, but several pages are blank, and I simply cannot read it. I tried re-downloading it, but to no avail.

If Netgalley and the publisher will fix this problem, I'll be happy to read and review. Until then, it goes into the abandoned book pile. :(
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
(review of collected issues) RED CITY is a cool concept let down by the complexity of characters and conflicting plot threads all vying for a slice of the readers attention. There is just too much going on too soon with the chief pitfall of RED CITY being the decision to cram, what actually is, a very interesting story into a 4 issue arc.

The plot revolves around Cal Talmage, a former Mars PD Officer and decorated war veteran who has fallen from grace and is now seen as an expendable solution to
Wayne McCoy
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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'Red City' combines SF with noir/cop genre and does it quite well, unlike the hybrid science fiction/fantasy story I read that not long ago. It's got lots of familiar tropes that work pretty well.

Ex-Mars cop, Cal Talmage, is given a simple job to find a missing girl. Of course, if it were that simple, it would be a pretty short story, wouldn't it. Things go awry as Cal runs into old informants who seem to have agendas. Along the way, he gets framed for a murder, finds himself in the midst of a p
*** Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***

Spoilers, maybe? I honestly don't know how much is a spoiler and what's ok to say in this case. It's not like it was all unexpected.

What to say about Red City. It's a very good comic book combination of science fiction and cop drama with a noir feel to it. The main character, Cal, has been many things in his life and now he's been ordered to find a Venus' ambassador's daughter. And because nothing can't be easy in the Red City, he
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it

An mix of sci-fi and noir detective fiction set on a Mars populated by an amazing variety of alien races. Unfortunately, how they got there and why is never explained. The story tends to get a bit formulaic as it unfolds - the plot details have been set out in several other reviews so I won't repeat them - but the story was still a fun read. books 1&2 had a different artist than books 3&4. The change was a bit jarring at first but I got used to it and it really didn't detract too much fr
Nick Brett
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Set on Mars, this is a bit like the old fashioned PI stories, but with a sci-fi twist. Nothing stunningly original, but it is well put together and is a fun read.

An ex-marine and ex-cop is tasked with finding a missing girl in the lead up to some critical (and political) negotiations. As our hero follows the leads, everyone has their own agendas and some of those agendas include killing our weary hero. Lot of pace and snappy dialogue help push this along and some fun twists and turns. Graphics a
Ross Armstrong
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

This is an independent graphic novel. It is a mix of sci-fi and hard boiled detective tales. Talmadge is assigned a mission to locate a kidnapped girl somewhere in Mars Central also known as Red City. He discovers that he has been set up to fail. It is a standard detective tale that tries to be different but doesn't really succeed at that. It's not bad but not the best of this type. A little predictable at times.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It was alright. The art style wasn't my favorite, and the story didn't really go anywhere. It was hard to keep track of all the different people and who was fighting who. There were a couple of clever bits, but by the end, you were just left saying 'That's it?'
Nicole Westen
It felt like there was a lot of potential, but the plot tried to do too many things at once, and none of them were completely thought out.
I loved the 'Moriarty' teaser at the end thought. I was way better than the whole Red City comic. If that ever comes out as a book, I am totally reading it!
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