I wanted to hate this. I really did. I'm tired of Millar's comics, tired of the fact that they're so overhyped, tired of them being so focused on concept instead of story, tired of them being so short, and tired of the fact that they're the comic equivalent of a James Cameron movie.
But I didn't hate this. It was... alright. The fight scene in the beginning was well done, with great action and violence depicted by McNiven. The story was easy to follow and the characters easy to pick up on, despite not having read the first issue. The events of the issue actually made me want to find out what happens next. It may not seem like high praise, and it's not, but it's more than I expected, and any comic that succeeds in making me want to read the next issue is a winner.
It had it's flaws. Of course, I understand that this is a comic book, but the concept of this still bugs me. "What if Batman was a prick?" or whatever it's supposed to be. Batman pulls off being this unbeatable superhero based on years and years worth of stories. It feels cheap to take this character, Nemesis, and basically just say "He's the ultimate bad ass, dude!" It reeks of gratuitous ninetiesness. All flash, no substance.
Why is Nemesis the ultimate badass? Why can he fight ninety-seven trained prison guards by himself? How is he able to capture the president? I guess this stuff doesn't really matter, because, as mentioned before, Millar comics are all about the concept. Nemesis is a badass. That's all you need to know I guess. I would like more.
The revelations about the Police Chief and his family all appear to be very interesting on the surface, but the fact is it is psuedo-characterization. It's like the Jerry Springer show version of character exposition. "Your daughter had an abortion! Your son is gay! I've been cheating on you with your partner, because you can't perform sexually! And that's not all! He's a midget!" (cue on-stage brawl). To the easily fooled, this may appear deep and interesting, but to me it just seems ho hum.
That being said, the art is good, and the story wasn't bad. It wasn't great, and it's horrendously overrated, but it was servicable. I may read the next issue.
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