01/03/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
Nemesis by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. pub: Titan Books. 96 page graphic novel hardback. Price: GBP 14.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-85768-107-2.
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I read the first chapter of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s ‘Nemesis’ in the first issue of ‘CLiNT’ which I reviewed last year. With this graphic novel, I have the complete story under one cover for proper assessment. To say this book is page to page gratuitous violence is a bit of an understatement. However, if you want to point out what happens when hit by a train or when shot or blown up, then this book might turn you away from such actions. Violence hurts. Violence kills. You’re left in no doubt, it also kinda hurts. Terminally. Although I’m not sure if Millar and McNiven see it as anything but a means to move the story along.
Nemesis is a wealthy man with a preference for going around in a white zoot-suit, not to be confused with the demon warlock biped from ‘2000A.D.’, who targets law enforcement officers and uses elaborate plans to kill them all at a time he selects and tells them. He is a real uber-terrorist and extremely dangerous. He also has his eye on Police Chief Blake Morrow in Washington DC and then the game begins. I should point out that that Blake is no wuss and apart from protecting his family is determined not to be a victim and determined to get Nemesis as well. Two arbitrary forces and carnage ensues as they try to outwit each other.
Millar makes a point in the back of the book that he doesn’t want his dialogue getting in the way of McNiven’s art but this also makes this book reading light and maybe it’s my age, but I would wonder at the mentality of any kid who would dwell over each panel of violence. Millar doesn’t make any bones about the fact that his Nemesis is a creator owned character and as his ‘Wanted’ and ‘Kickass’ stories have been made into films, he’s looking for a similar reaction to his new story. If I was to think in that direction, then I would have to say this book is far too lightweight and superficial, mostly cos there is no real depth to the story other that to methodically kill someone in as gruesome way as possible. That might fit the current state of Hollywood but I would definitely prefer to see more bones, as well as a bit of unskinned flesh, on a story than this. Read only under advisement.
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