Millar & McNiven’s NEMESIS

My last post dealt with the subject of a Superman-gone-bad…but what if someone with the resources of a Bruce Wayne went to the dark side?

NEMESIS begins with the murder of a Japanese police chief, which has been set at 11:35 PM; the comic begins a number of minutes before the deadline, so that we are witness to Nemesis’ machinations. He ‘tips’ off the lieutenants, who then storm a hotel, only to find tons of explosives, which then go off.


The police chief begs Nemesis to end his torture; but Nemesis says that it’s not quite 11:35 just yet; the train will be here in twenty seconds.

The train comes on time.

His henchmen begin to congratulate him, but he states that their accolades are premature – they forgot that the train is on an elevated track…which passes by the hotel that once stood there, two miles away.

We shift now to Washington, D.C., during a robbery-in-progress…wait; I should say it’s more like duck season. Every perpetrator is blown away by the chief of police, Blake Morrow, who has established himself as a sort of real-life celebrity. This, of course, has put him squarely in the crosshairs of Nemesis, and he receives a card with the time of his death, along with a cryptic message.

We then get to see Nemesis kidnap the President of the United States (looks to be George W. Bush). There is something interesting about the kidnap attempt, and I hope someone else brings it up. At any rate, the book ends with the cliffhanger of Nemesis holding the President for an undisclosed ransom and calling out Chief Morrow.

Mark Millar and Steve McNiven are better known for their collaboration on Civil War and Old Man Logan; however, this is a creator-owned book, published under the ICON imprint. Of course, this allows for Millar’s over-the-top dialogue, and McNiven’s outrageous depictions.

I imagine this is gonna be a good ride.

Just a couple of words about James Robinson – thanks for bringing back Superman – I really enjoyed Sterling Gates’ and your work on Last Stand On Krypton, and Pete Woods has really come into his own.

JLA: Cry For Justice was also a nice piece of work – I actually enjoyed the text pieces at the end of the issues. To me, it showed the dedication to research that you put into the story. Thanks again for making Prometheus fucking bad-ass like Grant Morrison intended. Gail Simone did right by Prometheus, but other writers let silly crap happen to him, which necessitated there being an impostor. Speaking of impostors…I’m going to make a guess – the real Prometheus did NOT die at the hands of Green Arrow. I’ll discuss my reasons with anyone who cares to inquire.

James – The Golden Age is still my favorite work by you…Leave It To Chance is pretty fun, though – I’m glad to see you on JLA.


About Vin the Comics Guy

My Name is Vin, and I have a personal collection of over 17,000 comic books. My earliest book is a copy of Garrison’s Gorrilas, from 1939.
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