Garth Ennis & Craig Cermak
L’amato Maritozzo, da decenni esploratore della migliore produzione fumettistica americana, legge e recensisce il secondo volume di Red team. ^^
Take a few, selected, highly-trained, well-intentioned people. Assign the responsibility to protect the sheep and to hunt down the wolves. We are talking about super-heroes, don’t we? Or, since we story involves cops and drug dealers, we are talking about heroes, don’t we?
No. We are talking about men and women. And men and women sometimes fail.
Once there was Red Team: for people put in charge with dealing with the worst-of-the-worst among criminals. They did their job. And they gave themselves a mission, and went over the edge. Because justice requires rules, like it or not.
Now only two of Red Team members remain, a man and a women, now workings as ordinary cops. But let Fate drop into their hands the lead to another big drug operation and another villain who must be stopped to make the world a better place… what then? I won’t spoil you any surprise, but let me say this: the greatness of Ennis is to let his characters make their own minds, and their own mistakes, in the light of past lessons and in the shadows of their own weaknesses. And since we are talking about people and not guys flying around in spandex, our cops have families and relationships and sometimes they develop feelings which can jeopardize what little peace they can find at home.
Another central theme is death in the line of duty. The event is not played out as Shakesperian drama, neither with the callousness of certain procedurals in which bodies are just the fuel to drag on the show. Ennis’s characters fear for their own life just as any ordinary human being would. Their job – a demanding, never-ending one – has gifted them with the ability to immediately and precisely weight the danger level of any situation: and more than a few times, they know that nothing can save them. There are those gifted with the braveness to go on their way despite of this, and those who have traced the line never to be stepped over. What they all have in common is the knowledge that death is not glorious, it just sucks and it is ultimately inevitable.
I have been following Ennis’s work through the years since his run on Hellblazer. I am familial both with his <<as crazy as I can be>> stories and with his <<as grim as I can be>> stories. Through the years he managed to write about a Preacher on a quest to literally meet God and he showed he could re-invent the Punisher after decades of stale continuity.
I noticed an evolution in his writing and how he depicts his characters. It looks to me that Mr Ennis is more and more bored by the exceptional and the uncanny and attracted to what all human beings – as unique as we would like to be – share in common.
Is it grim? Is it funny? One way or the other, Ennis we will find a way to make it into a good story.
Ringrazio l’editore per avermi/gli/ci concesso la copia necessaria alla stesura di questa recensione. 😉