You know you’re reading a good action comic when you can hear the gunshots, when the panels flow together like you’re watching a movie. That’s the case with Red by Warren Ellis. The slim three-part miniseries is being reissued along with a bonus section featuring the script side-by-side with original layouts.

The story follows Paul Moses, a retired CIA hitman, who becomes a target after the new CIA Director decides he is a liability left alive. Now the world’s best killer is out to settle to score.

The artwork by Cully Hamner is brutal, capturing moments of violence in close up, impossibly slow motion that is somewhere between Sam Peckinpah and The Matrix.

It’s a lean, fast, entertaining ride.

Grade: A

Red is currently available.