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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.