Is Nemesis the smartest bad guy of all time? Is everyone in this book an unlikable asshole? Is Mark Millar already counting his potential millions from the Movie Deal this book already has? Let’s see how these 3 all come together to make this a less than satisfying read.
Controversy Creates Cash. This term has become famous, due to the book that Eric Bischoff (former Wrestling Executive) released in 2006, chronicling his career from its humble beginnings to the Monday Night Wars that raged on Cable Television in the 1990’s. It is also a term that described his overall strategy during those wars, where it didn’t matter to him whether the press was good or bad, all that matter was that you couldn’t look away, because you wanted to see what happened next. It was something that worked until his promotion could no longer shrug away the structural problems that would bring it to its ruin. Despite that, however, it is a strategy that is still used to this day in entertainment, and it is one of the techniques that are used to sell many comic books today. However, there is one man that probably stands head and shoulders above in using this tactic, and his name is Mark Millar
As for the man himself, Mark Millar is probably the most controversial and polarizing figure in Comic Books today. In this reviewer’s time lurking and posting on many of the comic book forums on the Internet (along with his time on the Convention Scene), he has noticed that very few people have middling opinions on the man. Most of time, he is either greatly loved or savagely reviled. Even those who don’t love all of his work, find that the ones they do love or some of the hallmarks of the decade, and the ones they hate to be some of the worst stuff they’ve ever read, or spent money on. A trend that will probably continue with his latest series, Nemesis which has been published in a joint venture between Marvel’s Icon, and Millar’s own Millarworld imprint. What did the review think of this issue? It’s safe to say that my thoughts will be a lot closer to reviled than loved.
As for the title character himself, Nemesis is driven by a single goal. Revenge against the police officer (Blake Morrow) that ruined his happy little childhood by exposing the criminal activities of his parents. His form of acting out, being this World’s only Super Villain, causing untold damage, and killing tons of people. The current issue in question starts with Nemesis being arrested, and taken to a Maximum Security Prison. From there we see….
- Nemesis escaping from his shackles with help from his gang.
- Nemesis killing nearly 100 Prison Guards with his bare hands, freeing all 2,000 Prisoners and blowing up the prison he was to be incarcerated in.
- Nemesis kidnapping Blake Morrow’s children, and forcing him and his wife to reveal 3 of the family’s darkest secrets.
- Nemesis artificially inseminating Morrow’s daughter with his own Son’s Semen, and wiring her Womb to collapse if they try to abort the child.
What you see here is what you are getting, ladies and gentlemen. Those 4 points consist of 95% of the story presented here. If you are looking for any nuances, deeper meanings, and compelling storytelling, then you aren’t reading the right comic. This isn’t to say that this comic has a bad story because of its face value storytelling; it’s for reasons beyond that. First of all, Nemesis escapes during a Press Conference where Homeland Security not only brags like a Teenage male who got his first lay with a cheerleader, but ends up discounting his gang at the same time. Seemingly forgetting that Nemesis came into the game with Billions of Dollars that he could’ve used to train his gang in everything they would need to bust him out of jail. It shatters the belief that Nemesis is really that much smarter than his competition, because that sequence of events exposes them to be so damn stupid, they make the New York Mets ownership look intelligent.
Also, one cannot talk about this story without talking about the relationship that Blake Morrow has with his family. We find out that Blake is so obsessed with his job that not only did his wife cheat on him during the first 18 months of their Marriage; he went without the knowledge that his Son was Gay, and that his daughter had an Abortion. The way this is all portrayed, it doesn’t make Blake Morrow a protagonist worth cheering for. It just makes him look like he’s thrown away his life in pursuit of a man that continues to undermine the very thing he protects, and if he does catch him, he is left with nothing afterward. It also doesn’t help that his wife is actually a nasty person who didn’t have the guts to not marry him, or leave him after she realized who he was. If Blake Morrow was modeled after John McLain, Mark Millar forgot to make him likable.
As for the art in this comic book, we have quite a paradox, as the art itself isn’t bad, but the colors and the inking is. Steve McNiven does a good job drawing everyone as their own character, and it shows. The Black and White drawings of the covers on the back of the book show how good his work looks without colors, and truly makes the internals looks worse. I don’t know what happened during production, but his work suffers because of it.
What is most interesting about this whole entire thing is that the Movie rights have already been optioned off by 20th Century Fox, where it stands to become the fastest a comic book property has been converted into a movie. When you take that into consideration, you can see where the lack of effort in the overall product comes from. Why put any into this when you already counting the money you stand to make from this. Even if the movie is a flop, the book will still make a pretty penny due to the Creator's name alone. I’m sure the creative team took that into consideration when they made this comic, and I’m going to take that into consideration when rating this book.
Story: * (2): Nemesis continues to win over opponents that would insult most videogame AI on Retarded Easy. It wasn’t fun in the first issue, and it hasn’t gotten fun now
Art: **1/2 (5): The pencils are done really well. Too bad the colors fail in showing that.
Accessibility: *** (6): On its own, there isn’t much you need to know, but you need to read the other 2 issues to fully understand where we are now. Otherwise, this will be just a mindless action film in comic book form.
Final Judgment: *3/4 (3.5)
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