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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books ltd (15 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857685929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857685926
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It offers so much in the way of style and grace, with a story that starts at full pelt and never slows down, I almost couldn't get through each page quick enough.' --Core Magazine

'As a comic book thriller, Nemesis is genuinely compelling, the battle of wits between Morrow and his enigmatic, slippery quarry both engrossing and unpredictable right up to the final page.' --Den of Geek

'Far superior to Kick Ass, Nemesis is a tour de force of sheer adrenaline filled joy.' --Geeks.co.uk

'Steve McNiven (Old Man Logan, Civil War) goes all out on some of the most explosive, visceral layouts ever put to panel, and the pair throw down the increasingly inventive carnage like it s set to be illegalised.' --Shelf Abuse

'Mark Millar's latest assault on comic book readers is here. It's a dark, unpalatable tale that feels angry and at times juvenile. It s also the most readable comic I ve read in a very long time.' --Total Sci-Fi Online --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Mark Millar is one of comics' most commercially successful writers, his work includes Kick-Ass, Wanted, Nemesis and the bestselling Civil War and The Ultimates. Steve McNiven, Canadian comic book artist, gained his fame workingon Marvel Knights 4, Ultimate Secret and New Avengers. Nemesis in his 3rd team-up with Mark Millar.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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This volume collects the four-part self-published(?) mini-series from 2010, staring Nemesis, the anti-Batman, a billionaire criminal mastermind who devotes himself to hunting down the world's greatest lawmen and executing cunning plans which have taken everything in to account, down to the minutest degree and spread across decades of years. Obviously, Chaos Theory hasn't been discovered in this universe.

We meet our anti-hero in Japan, where he is finishing off his latest campaign of terror, using a bullet train to kill the chief of police, and bringing a building full of police down on top for good measure. We then meet his next target, the chief of police in Washington DC, Blake Morrow, who's date and time of death Nemesis has just announced, shortly before he kidnaps the President. We then get a flashback to the young Morrow arresting nemesis's parents, the head of a rich-people's crime ring, given as the reason for Nemesis taking to a life of crime. After a few cat and mouse games, lifting a lot of Batman's old plots and new film-related hardware, as well as a lot of Millar's own creative mayhem, we get a showdown in the White House, and a final reveal of even deeper machinations going on deep in the background.

If you like lots of widescreen violence and epithet-laden dialogue, with deep-laid plots and conspiracies, and outrageous acts of terrorism on an unprecedented scale, then this is for you. If you are a bit more picky about your comics, you might still enjoy this, though by the end you might be wondering just how it all really worked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
Within the comic-book world there exist some great alternate universe stories which deviate from established canon to explore the "what if?" questions pondered by comic-book writers; examples include Captain American becoming president, and Mark Millar's own Superman: Red Son which sees Krypton's most famous son fighting for the Russians rather than being the all-American good guy. Here though, Millar doesn't play with an established franchise and instead creates his own world which will look familiar to fans of Batman. Chief Inspector Blake Morrow is reminiscent of Gotham's James Gordon - a man of fine moral fibre who finds his police-work often putting a strain on his domestic life, but he doesn't have a costumed hero he can call an ally. Imagine if rather than rescuing folk and fighting baddies, Batman preferred to kill people for his own pleasure, abusing his position to amuse himself and cause chaos - that's Nemesis.

This is without doubt a superb premise and one which any comic-book hero will find intriguing, it turns the usual concept of a hero story on its head and the charismatic guy in the suit is the one you want to see taken down rather than succeed against the odds. Although the idea is excellent however, it doesn't seem as well executed as it ought to be. Mark Millar has a real talent for managing to breathe an element of realism into his stories no matter how outrageous they become (Kick-Ass being a prime example) but Nemesis fails to convince and sometimes the evil plans are so elaborate and implausible that it takes you out of the story and it loses some of the drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
Mark Millar teams up with his Civil War artist Steve McNiven for possibly the best book he's written so far. The book starts off at a blistering pace, throwing the reader straight into the action as Nemesis blasts a murderous path of vengeance across Asia before turning his attentions to Washington DC.

At every expectation in the story Millar draws the reader in only to pull the rug out and flip the situation on its head. I was hooked from the first page to the last as Millar throws in all the tropes of the superhero story and completely obliterate them. I won't go into them here but let you discover them for yourself because they're that good. Suffice it to say nobody out there is writing superhero books like this. Millar is a true original.

And Steve McNiven - is there another artist drawing superheroes at the top of his game like he is? Gorgeous artwork adorns every page, perfectly complimenting Millar's sharply written scenes. Quite simply the best in the business.

Do you like superhero stories but are bored with what most of DC and Marvel put out? Give this a go. It's a much needed adrenalin shot in the arm for a genre that's, frankly, become stagnant. Millar and McNiven together again, doing what they do best - amazing comics. A wonderful read and one of 2011's best so far.
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Mark Millar is easily one of my favourite writers in comics - if not my all-time favourite. He is of course popular for works with Marvel such as the Ultimates, Wolverine and Civil War, but I have found myself more engrossed in his own original works, such as the Kick-Ass series - a story about a teenager so unsatisfied with his dull existence that he dons a wetsuit and in tradition with his beloved comic book characters, becomes a superhero - and Superior - a touching tale about a boy with multiple sclerosis who is given the chance to become his favourite superhero and make the world a better place, at a cost that would change his life.

In case I'm not making myself clear enough, I love Mark Millar. He's a writer who shows no shame in escaping from the mainstream and cliche, exploring new and innovative ideas, without any remorse for doing shocking things in his comics. But, like with all great writers, you can't be top-notch all the time. In Millar's case, this is something I have become accustomed to. Ultimates 2 was bad enough without it's pointless ending that had no relation to the plot and came completely out of left field, and Kick-Ass 2 had a particularly unnerving scene that was completely unnecessary and left a bad taste in the mouth.

Nemesis is by no means a bad comic, but certainly not one that made me say 'wow'. The premise in an interesting one - an orphaned boy who inherited his family's vast fortune after the untimely demise of his parents, uses his wealth to don a cape and fight for a cause he believes in. Only, unlike Batman, he chooses to use his genius and wealth as a terrorist. The villain Nemesis is truly what a supervillain might be in real life. He has no morality, no guilt, no redeeming features at all.
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