Hilariously, the book in question is stupider and more offensive than this thread. I changed my mind. Review o'clock.
"What if Batman was a cunt?"
Apparently the answer is that everyone else's IQ would drop around fifty points. Millar's protagonisteponymous villain* is an evil everyman in a world of thundering morons who loves doing bad things because he's a bad person. We're given no reason to pick a side and watch the carnage play out either, so with no-one to root for it's hard to look at the book without almost complete detachment.
The problem here is that the character is flat and unconvincing and his shenanigans are shocking in a way that lacks depth or wit. When reading an issue of some other books accused of 'shock value' we at least get something to go with it. Societal cause in Stray Bullets, black wit and brotherhood in Preacher and Young Liars stretched the boundaries of what can be considered logic. Nemesis just has career middle work from McNiven. Bad art can ruin good writing, but when an otherwise reliable artist churns out something this choppy and weak you can only assume Millar promised him a healthy sized movie cheque.
A very thin comic lacking in depth, subtlety, wit or charm. If I was thirteen I'd have thought this was cool. For about ten minutes.
*Edited to compensate for Millar's inability to make it clear who the main character of a book is.
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