12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Conflict
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...
Published on 16 Jan 2008 by S. Bentley
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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. I was enthusiastic and read the 2000ad books that were lent to me voraciously. What I wasn't, at that young and tender age, was discerning and critical, something that I hope I am now.
So don't get me wrong, I love these stories, though maybe not as much as...
Published on 29 Sep 2009 by G. Lyon
Most Helpful First | Newest First
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Conflict,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 3 (Paperback)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.
There is then an intermission with gaudy painted art by Paul Staples in which Torquemada learns of the Hammer of the Warlocks, a weapon so powerful it can defeat even the now god-like Nemesis, before we head into the Final Conflict of Book Ten, in which having returned to the future and the world of Termight, Torquemada is deposed and put on trial before attempting to put his final solution to aliens into play and the final fates of Nemesis and Torquemada are decided. Art in this part of the story is by the Kev O'Neill inspired Henry Flint and is as exciting to look at as his forbears work (Kev himself draws the final chapter in the story). It is in this chapter that we see the depiction of Nemesis at his lowest, he appears evil at points, only for some redemption at the end. Also, there is a scene that offers an explanation of Torquemada's evil too.
In fact, by the end Mills has gone beyond the idea of a traditional saga of good and evil, to suggest that everyone is capable of good or evil if the situation demands it. The saga has been a morality play, but a much more intelligent digression into morality and amorality than your average superhero story and I think there is much to be drawn from going back to it.
As extras, we get the Deadlock/Nemesis strips, again painted but by Carl Critchlow. The art is sometimes a little murky and hard to read but features an interesting story of magic that seems to put occultism to the sword and is fun if you know a little of Aleister Crowley. Finally comes a story by Chris Weston of Candida that seems like it should have been slotted in earlier in the book, as it is referenced in Book Ten.
This is the complete Nemesis and it is also essential. I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's blood and guts and demons, but it's making an intelligent point too.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blurs the line between sci-fi and fantasy,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 (Paperback)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. The pacing and character development are amazing. What begins as a couple of random stories based on rock songs gradually metamorphoses into an epic of amazing scope. While it could be argued that the stories are formulaic in the repeated confrontations between Nemesis and Torquemada, Mills infuses them with inspired takes on politics, racism, divine right, sociology, and alien biology.
The art is in a class by itself. Nemesis is certainly a uniquely-designed character, and the unsettling grotesqueries established early on by Kevin O'Neill are ably carried onward by Jesus Redondo and Bryan Talbot, before returning to O'Neill towards the end of the book. The art is perfectly suited to the stories, making a combination that is rarely seen elsewhere. I can't wait for Book 2!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The NEARLY Complete Nemesis,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 3 (Paperback)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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spread the word,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 (Paperback)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?) to the fore. Pleasantly surprised 'The Gothic Empire' is included, as Talbot's version of Purity Brown did funny things to me as a boy. A great collection of stories and an equal to Dredd and Rogue on my bookshelf.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more cash in your wallet, more warlock on your shelf...,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 (Paperback)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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best is yet to come,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 (Paperback)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. The artwork here is fantastic from Kevin O'Neill whose vastly intricate artwork is compelling. The book, to be fair, does not have the best Nemesis story lines - Terror Tube and Killer Watt are not exactly structurally complex but they do set the scene and give us a great view of 'Termight' from the inside out. Book I and Book II are sort of adventure stories with big spiders and the like.
However, Book III (with the return of O'Neill in the artists chair) is where things start taking a darker turn and develop in complexity. For me, this is where the great stories begin. Unfortunately this collection stops at the end of Book IV with all the really dark stuff still to come. Also, Bryan Talbot's artwork in Book IV ( and later in Book V and VI i think) is not as compelling as O'Neill's.
I'm pleased at how thorough rebellion have been with this collection as they have included all nemesis stories from the era i.e. the ones that appeared in special editions and annuals etc., as well as the first two stories in which Nemesis isn't seen!
This is essential stuff even if only to set the scene for vol 2 which will have The Two Torquemadas and Deathbringer with the unnerving artwork of John Hicklenton.
Also, be sure to check out The Meknificent Seven and The Black Hole collections of ABC Warriors as they are tied in with these stories.
Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave!
Spread the word.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Comic Storytelling,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 (Paperback)Nemesis the Warlock is unquestionably one of the more esoteric stories to ever grace the pages of 2000AD. Growing out of the frankly ludicrous "Comic Rock" stories, where a popular song of the day would be transformed into some kind of weird tale within the pages of the comic, bizarrely, Nemesis' roots belong to the Jam's "Going Underground". Quite what this has to do with anything, I'm not sure, but it's interesting nonetheless.
Pat Mills has created so many great stories and characters, but Nemesis is one of the strangest, and the most successful. These early stories collected here capture exactly why the British comics industry of the late seventies and early eighties were so successful. The unbridled creativity that flows through every panel is simply staggering, and one gets the impression that Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill were just throwing everything they had at the page, regardless of whether it made sense or not. They seem to be just lost in the moment, going at it with reckless abandon. And by god, it works!
Ignoring for a moment that the `hero' of the story is a cloven hoofed demon, Grand Master of Terra, Tomas de Torquemada must be one of the greatest comics characters ever created. Malevolently evil, delightfully unhinged, and terrifyingly grotesque, there simply isn't another character like him in the comics world that I can think of. Defying the laws of physics, and dying in almost every story, he best exemplifies how thrilling it is to read the early Nemesis material. As evidence of their unrestrained artistic explosion, Mills has Torquemada repeatedly killed on these pages, but never once decides to give a coherent explanation as to why this can happen. He just assumes that the reader is caught up in the story as much as he is, and also allows us the freedom to try and think about it for ourselves. Nemesis is a comic which treats the reader with a great deal of respect, and never panders to them. Sure it's violent, disgusting and ridiculous, but it's also thought provoking, well written, witty, exciting and smart enough to revel in the whole ridiculousness of comic storytelling.
This volume is an absolute treat, and just shows how easy it is to preserve the history and heritage of these stories. All the archival material is included, covers, interviews, supplementary stories, etc, and nothing is left out. When the last of these books comes out, we really will have the COMPLETE Nemesis collection.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 (Paperback)If, like me, you were an avid 2000AD reader throughout the 80s, this is pretty much an essential purchase! Along with the recent Rebellion reprints of the Judge Dredd Case Files this is brilliant stuff. Nemesis the Warlock was always one of my favorite characters (along with Strontium Dog, Slaine and, of course, Judge Dredd) and Torquemada is one of the best villains in a comic EVER.
Of particular note is the absolutely stunning artwork from Kevin O'Neil (recently of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen fame) and Bryan Talbot. Kevin's work is completely bonkers - in a good way - and his work on the first two episodes of Book 4 in particular seem almost a predecessor to his League work in it's steampunk Victoriana.
I can't wait for more of the Rebellion classic 2000AD collections to come out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2000AD Essential,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 (Paperback)My teenage years were dazzled by this awesome comic. Judge Dredd Slaine ABC Warriors Rogue Trooper and at a push my favourite Nemesis. I have all these comics stored in the basement but was wonderful to have them all together in one read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Credo!,
This review is from: The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 (Paperback)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. Sometimes the satire is so brutal and over the top it overtakes all else in the story he's telling. But that's good. And that's why he is so important.
Interestingly the two most powerful satires Mills has written, Marshal Law and Nemesis (you may disagree, but that doesn't mean this review isn't helpful), are drawn by Kev O'Neill, a strong stylist who is distinctly unsubtle in his art, which some people may not find to their taste. More fool them. Nemesis is like a science fiction version of a Steve Bell or Gerald Scarfe political cartoon.
Nemesis is an alien warlock. His design is surely one of the most unique and endearing in popular culture, horselike with a torpedo nose. He travels the universe battling the forces of Torquemada, a descendant of the Spanish Inquisitor, who runs the Termight (Earth) Empire with a right wing fist, committing genocide on anything outside his view of normal. Torquemada is pure evil, and he just keeps coming back, no matter how many times Nemesis kills him.
This might sound tiresome, but there is a very British sense of humour at work. Like Monty Python, or an episode of Dangermouse, you get a view of a universe cast in the British class system, with chirpy working classes and chinless fops. The sense of humour even feels a bit nostalgic these days which adds to the fun.
The first four books of a ten book cycle are presented here, including the original stories that introduced Nemesis. The writing is anti-authority but playful with it. Kev O'Neill's work is wonderfully overdetailed and matched only by the brilliant Bryan Talbot on the Victoriana parody the Gothic Empire which introduces Nemesis' son and adds the ABC warriors to the cast.
This is a big book and you'll need time to digest the fantastically overdetailled art and bombastic plotting. But if you like things a bit larger than life, if you think the world is a stupid place run by idiots, give it a go. It's an important part of British comics history.
Most Helpful First | Newest First
The Complete Nemesis the Warlock: Bk. 1 by Pat Mills (Paperback - 16 Dec 2006)
Used & New from: £9.08