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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm; New edition edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140122346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401223465
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ells' best comics are character-based thrillers involving high concepts and heavy attitude."

About the Author

Warren Ellis is well known in the comics field and beyond, with writing credits on Authority, Planetary, Global Frequency, Hellblazer, Transmetropolitan, Stormwatch, Fell, 2000 AD, Batman and Ultimate Fantastic Four. Cully Hamner is an American artist whose work includes Batman, Blue Beetle, Daredevil, Down, Green Lantern, The Ride, Spider-Man, Titans and X-Men. He is currently illustrating DC's Black Lightning: Year One. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) 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 GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

Customer Reviews

Though it's not what you might think.
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If your only exposure to this character is through the movie then you MUST read this book.
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The lack of plot and characterization.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Angus Guthrie on August 29, 2010
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I got this book after I saw the trailer and naturally expected something different then what I ended up getting. It's a great read, short and to the point. If you're getting this because of the movie, then you might want to know it's about only one character, namely Bruce Willis' and there's not really an ounce of humor in the whole thing.The art is crisp, the fight scenes brutal and the storytelling is swift and on right on the money for a tale like this. It's bleak and gritty like you would expect from Warren Elli, so good news if you want to pick it up because you're a fan of him. I recommend getting it even if it is a bit short, you won't be disappointed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. Terra on November 24, 2010
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This is a great comic book. If you saw the movie and want to read the comic, be aware, this comic tells a story slightly similar to the movie but amazingly different in its structure. You have the ex-CIA being chased and its vendetta against the company, that's all.
The tale told here is amazing, is a story about a man that had only one purpose when active and after the retirement wanted to be left alone, that's all. You understand his morals, his trainning and his mind. It's more about the psychological state of someone that killed all his life than the killings or the vendetta.
It is a great comic book, amazing writing and drawing, and something that should be read by everyone who's interested in comics.
But it's not the movie, not at all.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Oscar on July 5, 2010
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This one grabs you by the lapels. There is relatively little exposition here, just straight story. And the action? It his hurled at you in a visually arresting way, with hard and fast pacing. And boy, it is almost shockingly violent (this one is not for the kiddies). It will be interesting to see how they expand the relatively sparse story for the upcoming Bruce Willis - Helen Mirren - Morgan Freeman film.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By deudad on December 6, 2010
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I'll start this review by saying that I've see the movie adaptation of Warren Ellis's RED, and I loved it. And because I saw the movie, I thought I'd check out the graphic novel on which it is based. So I came into this book biased from the start. I'll begin by reviewing the graphic novel, and then I'll compare the novel and the movie.

RED's premise is simple. The new director of the CIA finds out about some dirty deal that a retired agent, Paul Moses, was involved in. He decides the man knows too much, so has him killed. Problem is, Paul Moses still has his moves, and kills the men sent to kill him. Moses is angry with the CIA, so goes on a rampage to try and kill everyone in the CIA who knows his name.

That's all. There are no subplots, no other characters--just Moses and a couple of CIA guys, and the myriad of agents Moses kills in as bloody a way as possible. That's what made me dislike RED so much. The lack of plot and characterization. Paul Moses was just a killing machine who did nothing but kill, which added nothing to his character. Toward the end, it seemed like Ellis tried to throw in a slight attempt to bring the plot to somewhat of a resolution and a measly effort to tie some loose character ends into a conclusion, but what it turned out to be was a mess of random ideas that didn't make any sense in the context of what already happened.

So, in the end, RED was nothing more than an excuse to make a killing machine brutalize the pages with splashes of mindless gore and violence to the end of shallow to no character development and lack of plot and just generally good storytelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on March 25, 2013
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While I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot, it was not worth the money charged. Took all of 20 minutes to read through it and while the graphics and storyline were fantastic, overall I was disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toban_Frost on October 1, 2012
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It's a pretty good book. Nothing fancy. Kinda cool. Very dark. Though it's not what you might think. It's short as hell, for starters. I mean Half the page count is just extras like scripts, concept designs, and things like that. Secondly I must say, that if you want to read this because of the movie, you might be disappointed. The film was much longer, and had alot more to it, and much was changed from the book you see here. The book is virtually humourless, by comparison, and it's just a straightforward story about what happens when you wake up a monster that was content to just live out his life, and leave the world in peace. I'd say this is an OK read if you like Ellis, and have 10-15 minutes to kill, but I would not advise paying more than five dollars for it. I would also not advise reading this if the movie had any motivation for you to seek out this book. Three Stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 9, 2010
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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 as it was only a 3 issue run originally but even so you can see why Hollywood read it and thought there was a film there. In the book it's just one retired hitman Paul Moses (Bruce Willis in the film) but in the movie there's a whole team. The book does a far more compelling job of telling the revenge story and does it in style with Cully Hamner's excellent art. With Hamner's work you feel the bullet snap back the head as it hits, his work is tremendous.

A great comic book from Ellis and Hamner and a great read. Better than the film and one of Ellis' best, highly recommended.
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