One year after the catastrophic events that ended the first series, Red Team survivors Eddie Mellinger and Trudy Giroux are in the doldrums. Considered a political liability, the two are kept busy on small-time cases by their suspicious NYPD commanders… but a chance encounter in the ghetto gives them a chance to get back in the game. Trouble is, it means going far beyond the law… which is what almost got them killed last time around.
Red Team: Double Tap, Centre Mass features the return of two of my favorite characters, Detectives Eddie Mellinger and Trudy Giroux of the NYPD. The first Red Team saw them survive by the skin of their teeth; now they’re dropped right back in at the deep end, with their growing feelings for each other only complicating matters.
Although I hadn’t read the first series, I was hopeful when I saw that Garth Ennis was the writer for this story. I was really shocked at how little depth I found to the story. Eddie and Trudy could have come right off the screen of any of a dozen big screen buddy copy movies right down to their repressed attraction to one another.
Toward the end of the first installment they are grilling a suspect with the typically outlandish tactics that would never be allowed in the real world and I found myself more empathetic to him than I was them even though he was obviously guilty of something.
I’d like to say that the dialogue was fresh or edgy, but it lacked any real imagination. It’s my earnest hope that the story and writing develop more fully in later issues since this is billed as a “more intimate story” than its predecessor.
The one saving grace for this book is its artwork, rendered by Craig Cermak. It’s rare that I find a comic based on real life that actually pulls off the effect, but Cermak does it in spades. The characters are beautifully executed with expressions that are readable and the shading and detail are second to none in the business.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.