Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #3
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Craig Cermak
Colors: Vinicius Andrade
Letters: Rob Steen
Cover: Dan Panosian
Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #3 had an exceptional art team in Craig Cermak and Vinicius Andrade. Cermak did a spectacular job of consistency in the characters and the emotions they were experiencing. Great facial expressions and simple but very effective layouts. Andrade’s coloring was fantastic and fit perfectly with Cermak’s art. Andrade uses a nice blend of colors that adds subtle definition and depth to the panels. He also chose subtle colors that create a surreal atmosphere to the comic. These two make a great team. Their similar styles really mesh well together.
Garth Ennis (Preacher, Punisher) is a legend in the comic book industry. At least in my eyes. I am personally amazed at his level of skill. He seems to be able to write well in any genre. And the crime-story, Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #3 is no exception. As usual, Ennis delivers a riveting tale, with real characters and new perspectives. Like when Detective Mellinger openly and honestly discussed both angles of the war on drugs with that punk-chick. I found it informative and character building.
Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #3 follows narcotics detectives Trudy Giroux and her partner Eddie Mellinger. They are currently trying to take down a gangster named Little Boi. Lucky for them, they have a kid named Eric that’s willing to wear a wire. All Eric has to do is get Little Boi to talk about drugs on tape. But things in drug enforcement are rarely so cut and dried as that. Plus, Garth Ennis is at the helm on this one, things are bound to get wild and crazy right quick.
Overall Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #3 was good. The artwork and lettering was great. Garth Ennis’ story was decent as well. My only real complaints about the book was the lack of a third act in the story. It has great build up with both the plot and the characters. But, by the time something really exciting starts to happen, the comic was over. This series obviously needs to be read as a whole and not as individual issues. My other complaint is that the comic lacked the ultra-violence I have come to expect from Garth Ennis. So, on the plus side, I really want to read the next issue, Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #4. I would recommend this book but I would also say that you need the first two issues to comprehend what’s going on fully.
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