I’m not going to lie; I knew nothing about this book and basically grabbed it on a whim. A couple of pages in I thought to myself, man this book sure is jocking the shit out of the Justice League. Wow, that guy sure does look like The Martian Manhunter and wait a second did that guy just call himself the fastest man alive? Yes, yes he did. What the hell is going on with this book called, The Red Ten? Is this a perfect example of someone taking a piss? Or was this just one of the coolest comic books that I had never heard of? When the world’s greatest detective, Scarlet Angel, is murdered by her arch nemeses, Oxy-moron, her superhero affiliated group, The Alliance, begin to pick up the pieces and clues to extract their revenge.
Meanwhile, local district attorney, Daniel Lawrence, does his best to work the case until he realizes the best thing for him to do is to help the Alliance personally. When the team tracks down their former teammate’s killer they get a little more than they bargained for, followed by an explosive result.
That’s all I really want to divulge about the story due to the fact that the way everything transpires is the real treat, well that and the Justice League comparisons.
You know what, I really dug this book. It didn’t blow my mind but it fulfilled its main priority, which was to be entertaining. I wanted to see what was going to happen next; I wanted to see their spin on the universe that millions of comic readers are familiar with and how they were going to work that into Christie’s work. To me that was just so much fun to watch unfold. Who hasn’t built their own version of the Justice League or X-Men and ran wild with stories about crazy adventures? Don’t lie, you know have ya’ geek.
At the end of the book there is an open letter of explanation from the writer Tyler James. In the letter he explains the origin, the inspiration and process of the idea. That’s when all of my questions were answered and “I got” what this creative team was trying to do and I’m completely down for the true DIY comic movement!
The bottom line is that The Red Ten is a superhero retelling of Agatha Christie’s classic novel “And Then There Were None” and that's pretty cool.