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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,279 ratings  ·  161 reviews
In the explosive espionage-thriller RED, Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner create a stark tale of revenge, as retired CIA killer Paul Moses finds himself forced back into the game to gain revenge on the agency that trained
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by RHUS (first published January 1st 2003)
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May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay I will admit that I was led to this from the two films which I thoroughly enjoyed. I sort of knew they were taken from a comic book I just didn't know much more than that.

Well now I do

first of all it was a limited run so it is quite interesting to see two films and a suggested TV series coming off the back of such little source material.

The second fact was that it was from the pen of Warren Ellis who I seemed to have been inadvertently following recently. Honest I was not planning it that w
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Paul Moses, a former 'wet boy' (assassin-agent for the CIA), has been retired for years and is living a quiet life on a country estate. Beesley, the agency's latest bureaucrat director, decides Moses is too dangerous to be walking the earth and orders his immediate death -- that was the first mistake. A competent but inexperienced young team is sent to do the job -- that was the next mistake. Beesley thinks his headquarters will be impenetrable if guarded by a heavily armed force -- that was the ...more
Sam Quixote
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A retired CIA operative called Paul Moses is suddenly being targeted by a new CIA director for the things he did in his past. He suddenly finds himself fending off assassins as he goes from retired (Green) to active (Red).

The fantastic Warren Ellis does a tremendous job of writing an enthralling revenge tale. Moses shows that despite being old that he is far from useless as he kills his way to the top to take down the CIA Director who ordered his retirement be called off.

It's a very short read
Lolly's Library
Short, violent and to the point. Not much character development and what story there is serves only to move the action along, nothing more. For those looking to expand on their movie experience, move along, there's nothing to see here. In fact, it was the movie which expanded on the book, which only focuses on the tale of Paul Moses and his reactivation to the world of assassination. Other than that, the layout is crisp and focused, and the animation is vivid and well-done. I would say not much ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Quite enjoyed the movie, and as a result tried the graphic novel (maybe that was my mistake - the movie caused some preconceptions in my head). Was to say the least quite dissapointed. Firstly, it appeared to be a slightly thinner than normal graphic novel, but not too bad. Until i found that the actual graphic novel was less than half the content of the book! Storyboard sketches etc made up most of the book! What ended up in the movie, was pretty much "inspired" by the book, but if a direct com ...more
David Dalton
I liked this very much. Only complaint? It was too short. Different from the movie as this story was only about Frank. The movie did incorporate elements from this story and expanded on those elements. This Frank is a stone killer, but like the movie version, he JUST wanted to be left alone. I would have loved to have seen this 3 part story arc extended to five or six parts. It was really pretty straight to the point. So do not expect the movie version of Frank, but this is the story that laid t ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Not what I was expecting I'll admit, but come on?! Where was Helen in the ball gown with the machine gun??


I guess I was just expecting the movie that I saw to be a bit more in line with this since this is the original story....I know, I know what the hell was I thinking. Since when are movies all that faithful to their books?

The story focuses only on Paul Moses - no geriatric sidekicks for him this time round - as he is sucked from his retirement when the CIA suddenly wants their golden boy of
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Nice to see when a short little story gets done by a writer who isn't going to compromise or flinch. Too many would take this story and do what Hollywood did to it (in fact, so different to the book, there's no humour in Paul Moses at all, there's no sidekicks, just one pissed off man.)
The art is brutal, in a good way, just strong colours, red obviously being the base, and a lot of bullet motion, heads snapping back, and angry man face.
Also nice that Ellis didn't take an idea and try to stretch
Mitchel Broussard
Fleshed out, it could achieve greatness. However, what we get is a 70 page splatter fest of a wholly unlikeable old guy killing mostly-innocent people for the mere fact that they kinda made him angry. Thank god it seems the movie is adding a cast of diverse characters, and Bruce Willis seems to be bringing comedy into it. Because this was way too serious and way too short to be anything enjoyable. If a 90 minute movie can pull off a solid action movie out of this material, I think congratulation ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've never seen the movie (and I don't intend to), but this comic is very cool. Violent, gritty revenge tale. A very short read. Nice artwork. You should probably read it.
Luke Kondor
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick bish bash bosh of a read. Quick and dirty and full of violence.
Judging by thickness of the book, I thought there might be more story than there ended up being (74 pages, the rest sketches and the script). While the plot was decent, it seemed more like a prelude than a finished story. Though it had a beginning and middle, there was no end, just another beginning. I would have liked more. The artwork serves the story well and I had no trouble following the layout, though it is the color schemes that stood out to me. They were fantastic. From the subdued blues ...more
Nov 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
A dick sandwich. Avoid. You get about $3.00 worth of ideas and stories in this piece 'o shit GN, but you have to pay $15 for it. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. I strongly advise all potential purchasers to spend their hard-earned money on something else. This is not a worthwhile read, and the art is far below expectations.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
RED is a short story comic about a retired agent. I'd read the book before the movie and it was a great and fun little thing.
Don't, however, go in with the movie in mind. You will be sorely disappointed and unable to appreciate the simple elegance.
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Just a blast to read. A short, sharp, focused little tale that takes its premise directly to its logical conclusion. Glad this was there for the movie to leapfrog off, but more serious than the movie by far.
Lee Gibson
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Short. Good, but short.
Chad Jordahl
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Cool but... that's all?
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
a former-cia operative is forced to come out of retirement when the government decides they dont want him alive. awesome, short and sweet.
c wylie misselhorn
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretty great. I read this after seeing the movie.
Short but interesting story of retired agent specialized in bringing down countries, people, man,woman and children as long as it is in interest of his country.

Paul Moses is a walking legend of undercover "foreign acquisition department" of CIA, happily retired and going through nightmares every day while trying to live with what he did while being active agent. When new director goes through briefing and finds out about Moses he is deeply disturbed - not because of what he did mind you but beca
Mark Allard-Will
Thanks to the fantastic Movie adaptation, you could be forgiven for making the mistake of believing that it's source material is a solid read.

Unnecessarily heavy-handed in its attempt to portray a dark and gritty criminal underworld within the intelligence community and bombastic with its clunky dialogue, RED is example of great talent in the form of Comic Book industry headliners gone to waste.

The script has clearly been rushed, evident from the clunky dialogue that's so exposition-ladened th
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-thriller
The sheer brutality in this comic is a sight to see. The main character was trained as a highly efficient killer from a young age and time hasn't dulled his skill. The underlying idea is that he was trained by the CIA and he performed his job as a loyal employee. He accuses them for turning him into a monster and especially for not allowing him to live his final years in peace, considering the atrocities he was a part of.

The new director of the CIA decides that a retired agent must be killed at
Scott Ollar
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good. Enjoyed the movie, saw this graphic novel at the Goodwill bookstore for $4.00. I almost didn't buy it, as they are usually only $3.00, and I wasn't sure it would prove to be worth the extra $1.00. It definitely was. I hope there are more in the series, which I will be looking for on eBay tonight.

I especially enjoyed the layout section, where you can see how the work developed from "script" to finished product.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Visually really lovely art work and a quick read. The movie RED is based off of this graphic novel and this was a good little story, but seriously very short compared to the story told in the film. This is just the very beginning of Paul Moses being pulled out of retirement and what happens when you just don't let the sleeping dog lie....
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, crime
A pretty standard action comic. Good for what it is, but nothing spectacular. Judging by the trailer of the movie, I'd say the source material is much darker.

If you have time to kill, this'll fill that need quite well.
Jonathan Karmel
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This was the idea behind the 2010 movie Red, which I saw before reading this. Enjoyed the comic depiction of the backstory of Bruce Willis' character in the movie.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
ABSOLUTE RATING: {3+/5 stars}

Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's bloody depiction of a dangerous retired CIA operative is definitely not subtle. Page after page is filled with new and creative ways to kill someone. Hamner does a great job on art. Everything is clear, bright, and dynamic. My issues with it were it was much too short. There weren't many characters, but they still could have used a lot more work. The main character, while a monster is somewhat sympathetic but it doesn't come across as much as I assume the author i ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh? Short and brutal. Not my fave.
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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“But I am not a monster because I kill. Killing is easy. I am a monster because I accept the hard choices. (Frank Moses)” 4 likes
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