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The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 [Paperback]

Pat Mills , Kevin O'Neil , Jesus Redondo , Bryan Talbot
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16 Dec 2006
Termight, a world at the heart of a cruel galactic empire. A world devastated by nuclear warfare. Deep below ground its inhabitants try to eke out a mere existence, continually threatened by the Terminators, led by the diabolically evil Torquemada. Torquemada, a twisted human despot intent on purging all alien life from the galaxy and punishing the deviants. His motto: Be pure! Be vigilant! Behave! There is a resistance though, and a new kind of hero. Meet Nemesis the Warlock, champion of the coming rebellion! This vast and arcane tome contains the first four books of the Nemesis saga and features an introduction by Pat Mills and afterword by artist Kevin O'Neill.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: 2000 AD Graphic Novels (16 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905437110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905437115
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pat Mills is the creator and first editor of 2000 AD. For the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, he is the writer and co-creator of ABC Warriors, Finn, Flesh, Nemesis the Warlock, Slaine, M.A.C.H 1, Harlem Heroes and Savage. He also developed Judge Dredd and wrote one of the early Dredd serials -- 'The Cursed Earth'. He wrote Third World War for Crisis!, a politicallycharged spin-off from 2000 AD, and Black Siddha for the Judge Dredd Megazine. Outside 2000 AD he is the writer and co-creator of the long-running classic anti-war story Charley's War, as well as Marshal Law. He has also written for the Batman, Star Wars and Zombie World series for the US market. Currently Mills is writing the best-selling series Requiem -- Vampire Knight for Editions Nickel of France with artist Olivier Ledroit, and a spin-off series, Claudia -- Vampire Knight, with artist Frank Tacito. Two further French series are in production. Kevin O'Neill is a 2000 AD legend. From working as an art assistant on the very first prog, he quickly became involved in the creative side of the comic, co-creating classics like A.B.C. Warriors, Bonjo From Beyond The Stars, Metalzoic and Nemesis the Warlock. O'Neill has also written for the comic on strips including Dash Decent, Future Shocks, One-Offs, Tharg the Mighty, and has illustrated Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, M.A.C.H. 0, One-Offs, Ro-Busters, Ro-Jaws' Robo- Tales, Tharg the Mighty and Torquemada. Outside the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, O'Neill was briefly notorious as the only artist ever to have his work rejected wholesale by the Comics Code Authority! Happily, his notoriety quickly became fame and acclaim, as his work on strips like Marshal Law and most recently The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have raised him to a very high profile. O'Neill's other work includes Green Lantern and Batman. Jesus Redondo worked on several strips for 2000 AD including Tharg's Future Shocks, Nemesis the Warlock, M.A.C.H. 1 and Return to Armageddon. Bryan Talbot is one of the UK's most respected comics artists. He has contributed to Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, Ro-Busters and Slaine in the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, and most recently wrote and illustrated a silent One-Off. Beyond 2000 AD, Talbot is renowned for his body of graphic novel work, which includes The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, Heart of Empire, The Tale of One Bad Rat and Alice in Sunderland. P.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Conflict 16 Jan 2008
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book wraps up and completes the collection of Nemesis the Warlock strips originally published in 2000AD, if you've already bought the first two you have to buy this one, and if you haven't bought the first two, get to it! This is one of those comics that deserves to be put up there with V for Vendetta and Watchmen.

In this book we get the last three "books" of the Nemesis saga.

Book Eight is Purity's story with close to photo-realism by David Roach. If in the previous volume Pat Mills placed the focus firmly on Torquemada, in these last books he pulls back to look at Nemesis again - but what we see isn't very pretty. In Purity's story we learn that Nemesis has made Purity forget their first meeting and what he had her do. It changes the light we see Nemesis in. Always more an anti-hero than a hero, he begins to move towards villain, a move that is expounded in...

Book Nine, in which Nemesis and Purity go to Earth in the 1980s in search of Torquemada. Of course, while he's been there, Torque has turned Britain into a fascist state - an obvious satire and commentary on Thatcher's rule, with obvious parallels to the Jaspers Warp storyline in Captain Britain by Alan Moore. John Hicklenton provides art for this story, which is improved over his offering in the last volume. Again, his work is twisted and dark and inconsistent, but there is a greater understanding of anatomy and better use of background to convey the environment and the twisted nature of reality and it comes off really well. As does the tale of a young girl who becomes the focus of Torquemada's attentions because she looks like his wife Candida.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blurs the line between sci-fi and fantasy 17 Mar 2007
These days, I grab any 2000AD collected editions I can find in the US, as the opportunities appear to be dwindling. Considering the love affair American comics readers have with British writers and artists, you'd think we'd snatch up these books, but unfortunately, that's not the way it goes. In fact, several years ago, DC began reprinting select storylines of various characters, including several I'd never heard of before. These reprints featured work from such big names as Alan Moore, Simon Bisley, Brian Bolland, Frank Quitely, and Chris Weston: creators who are no strangers to American audiences. Unfortunately, the line was cancelled after a year or so. On one hand, I can understand that DC wouldn't want to continue the line if the books aren't selling, but did they honestly expect that they would fly off the shelves without heavy promotion? The unfortunate truth is that most American readers need to be spoon-fed when it comes to British comics, and we few enlightened fans suffer the consequences.

In any case, I am happy that 2000AD/Rebellion is following the black-and-white "phone book" trend of Marvel's Essentials and DC's Showcase by releasing their Complete collections. These are available through US distributors, and my local shops order them regularly, so I can finally read the original adventures of my favorite 2000AD characters - and at this point, I don't care if they're not in color. THE COMPLETE NEMESIS THE WARLOCK BOOK 1 collects the first 4 stories of my favorite horse-faced demon, plus some nice extras. Nemesis leads the fight against the evil Termight Empire and its emperor, Torquemada, whose goal is the elimination of all alien life in the universe. All of the stories are written by Pat Mills, and they kept me on the edge of my seat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
wow, pretty damn amazed at how something so simple in concept could work out so addictive. i wasn't privalleged enough to read this epic sci-fi adventure the first time round, but have recently been getting back into graphic novels due to some essential re-releases, and my god do you get a lot for your money.

what does £15 usually by nowadays in terms of gn fiction? one single storyarch, full colour (rather overrated at times) and a shiny cover.

if entertainment is what you desire, and in bulk amounts too, you can't go wrong with nemesis the warlock! remember back to the good ol' days of saturday morning cartoons, twist this on its head so the bad guys are cool and the "good guys" are evil, and you have nemesis.

occultism, totalitarian empires, aliens, pure science fiction, this flick has it all, if you have the patience to look beyond the rather simplistic text and see the beauty beneath. can't wait to read the next collection.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The NEARLY Complete Nemesis 12 Mar 2008
It's great seeing one of the finest sagas 2000AD has produced being reprinted in this way. The story itself is wonderful, the art is wonderful (including some of the shorter appearences by Clint Langley and others), and the characters by this point are just fascinating. It has always struck me as a tragedy that Nemesis lapsed into a hiatus for such a long time with occasional 'filler' stories stating it would be back soon... Book 10 left me with a slightly bitter taste since Mills initially had several further books planned. But as it stands, wonderful.

However, I do have one or two gripes... it would have been nice to see all the covers and related artwork reprinted... The 2000AD Winter Special containing the Candida story for example contained several interesting 'poster'-style interpretations by unusual of Nemesis by guest artists and a great Nemesis cover by Kevin Walker.

My only real problem with the volume, however, is that the publishers have shot themselves in the foot somewhat by not reprinting the strip which appeared in 'Nemesis - The Poster Prog', a one-off special from the nineties. While it is undoubtedly a minor episode in the series, it is a fun run around and features full colour art by the original series artist Kevin O'Neill. This is presumably quite difficult to get hold of nowadays and it's unlikely there will be an opportunity to reprint it anywhere else in the forseeable future. It's ommission renders the three volumes of 'the Complete Nemesis the Warlock' just a tiny but frustrating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spread the word
Ah, the thrill of 'arch deviants' and 'bigots'! The memories come flooding back, with o'Neil's nightmarish artwork (wasn't some of this censored with big white blobs? Read more
Published on 7 July 2012 by J Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars 2000AD Essential
My teenage years were dazzled by this awesome comic. Judge Dredd Slaine ABC Warriors Rogue Trooper and at a push my favourite Nemesis. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by uksclavain
3.0 out of 5 stars 'He speaks Gibberish - a Fringe World dialect...'
Like many now reading these adventures I was introduced to them by a friend at a young and impressionable age. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2009 by G. Lyon
2.0 out of 5 stars Be pure , be vigilant... b.s.
The sparkling reviews on this page are, I suspect, from nostalgic throwbacks or young teens. I found the typical serialised comicbook story arcs in this stretched my patience and... Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2008 by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Credo!
Pat Mills loves anarchy. Like most British writers of any importance over the last thirty years, he is anti-authority, loving to satire modern life in its vacuousness savagely. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2007 by S. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Comic Storytelling
Nemesis the Warlock is unquestionably one of the more esoteric stories to ever grace the pages of 2000AD. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2007 by Steven Dedalus
4.0 out of 5 stars The best is yet to come
Nemesis the warlock astounded me when i was young - it seemed so 'deviant', to have a demon as the hero and a religious zealot as the enemy. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2007 by Great Uncle Baal
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!
If, like me, you were an avid 2000AD reader throughout the 80s, this is pretty much an essential purchase! Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2007 by S. Larner
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