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A bit of the old Ultraviolence...
on February 19, 2011
If you're expecting something similar to Kickass, then by no means will Nemesis by Millar and McNiven satisfy your craving. However, even though this book does not really seem to be about anything other than showing readers how brutally and graphically human beings can be dismembered by a super-criminal simply because he is "bored and rich" (his own words) I still found myself very much enjoying the twists and turns it takes before the story's big payoff. There's plenty of action, blood, chills and wonderful art by Steve McNiven, though not on the scale of his Old Man Logan Wolverine story. The writing by Millar is sparse and succinct, in other words nothing special. But like I mentioned before, it's a fun book. SADISTIC fun, but fun nevertheless.
The main character in the book, Nemesis, is a supremely capable megalomaniac intent on murdering the best cops in the world in a stylish fashion. Aided by a private financial empire and a host of gadgets and vehicles, Nemesis is Bruce Wayne gone bonkers. So the concept Millar came up with is once again interesting and semi-original, much like his Wanted comic or Superman: Red Son. Even though Nemesis boasts no powers he seems to be capable of near-superhuman feats, much like Batman, and he always takes out his target. Now he's set his sights on Washington Police Chief Blake Morrow, supposedly the best police officer in the world. Madness ensues. Sounds interesting so far? Well, it gets better.
There are some negative things about his hardcover, though. For one, it is way too short, collecting only four whole comic issues. Still, no big deal, since it was a four issue miniseries, but it left me wanting more. Much more. The paper stock is good, though. Next, Mark Millar seems to be falling into the trap of simply writing about violence for violence's sake. This is literally a book that showcases blood and destruction with no deeper meaning other than satisfying a reader's lust for blood on the comic book page. But, like I said, I liked it, so I guess I must be as sadistic as most Millar fans out there. Buy it if you're like me, but if you're looking for something with literary and not just entertainment value, give this one a miss.