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RED (2003, 2010, 2013)

RED began as one of several three-issue mini-series that Warren Ellis wrote for WildStorm in 2003-2004. Dynamically illustrated by Cully Hamner, RED told the over-the-top tale of retired government killer Paul Moses, forced to return to his violent ways.

It was a fun, well-done comic, and it got new life in 2010, when a film version, starring Bruce Willis as the now-renamed Frank Moses, performed well in theaters. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film expanded on the original mini-series and adopted a fun tone that resonated with audiences who were perhaps ready for a smart action movie that didn’t take itself too seriously.

For the occasion, Cully Hamner, the artist of original mini-series, produced a 40-page prequel to the original comic. He wrote it himself, with Ellis’s blessing but not participation. In addition, the movie’s screenwriters authored four prequel comics, focusing on four separate characters.

A sequel to the film, titled RED 2, is slated for 2013 release.

Original Version

RED: Eyes Only

written by Cully Hamner; art by Cully Hamner; prequel to the original RED, written by Cully Hamner with Warren Ellis’s blessing (but without his participation); cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 40 pages; $4.99; cover-dated Feb 2011

RED #1

first issue; art by Cully Hamner; cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm / Homage Comics; 22 pages; $2.95; cover-dated Sept 2003

RED #2

art by Cully Hamner; cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm / Homage Comics; 22 pages; $2.95; cover-dated Oct 2003

RED #3

final issue; art by Cully Hamner; cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm / Homage Comics; 22 pages; $2.95; cover-dated Feb 2004

RED

collects RED #1-3, plus the script to RED #1 and developmental art by Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $14.99; cover-dated June 2009

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Film Version

RED: Frank

written by Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, and Gregory Noveck; art by Jason Masters; prequel to the film (starring Frank Moses, not the original comics version’s Paul Moses); cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $3.99; cover-dated Nov 2010

RED: Joe

written by Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, and Doug Wagner; pencils by Bruno Redondo; inks by Pol Gas and Bruno Redondo; prequel to the film; cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $3.99; cover-dated Nov 2010

RED: Victoria

written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber; art by David Hahn; prequel to the film; cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $3.99; cover-dated Nov 2010

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RED: Marvin

written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber; art by Diego Olmos; prequel to the film; cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $3.99; cover-dated Nov 2010

RED: Better R.E.D. Than Dead

collects RED: Joe, RED: Victoria, RED: Marvin, RED: Frank, and RED: Eyes Only; published by DC Comics; $14.99; cover-dated June 2011

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RED movie

directed by Robert Schwentke; written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber; stars Brian Cox as Ivan Simanov; stars Mary-Louise Parker as Sarah Ross; released 15 Oct 2010

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RED 2
released 19 July 2013

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