Read Team Double Tap Center Mass #3 cover

Pipeline #1025: “Red Team”

Red Team Returns

When Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak’s “Red Team” mini-series debuted a few years back, I ripped into the first issue. It was a great example of everything a comic shouldn’t be.  It was just a bunch of people sitting around and talking.  The whole thing seemed very stiff and tired.

Lesson learned: Beware of your first impressions.

Red Team covers by Dan Panosian

Covers in the series are by Dan Panosian

That first mini-series turned out to be a very compelling story and one of the best mini-series of the year.  It reminded me a lot of “The Shield,” which ranks in my top three television series of all time. It told the story of a special team of corrupt cops and the troubles they get into trying to cover their tracks when they start hitting bigger and bigger targets.

“Red Team” is the comic book equivalent of that.

I was very excited when it was announced last year that Ennis and Cermak were coming back for a second series with what was left of the team. It’s called “Red Team: Double Tap Center Mass.” Six of eight issues in, it’s just as compelling and exciting a read as the first mini was.

This week in Pipeline at, I looked at the story so far.

And Organization

The review is book-ended by some thoughts on comics organization. I cleaned up my comics closet over the Christmas break.  The closet is clean now, but the comics aren’t any better organized.  I just have too many comics to keep them as neatly organized as I’d like.

I still think total alphabetization is the way to go, but the reality of the situation is that that’s the hardest way to organize it, too.  Figures.

I need to keep purging…

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