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Product details

  • 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 (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,743 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
Mark millar has officially jumped the shark! The guy writes comics with a movie in mind and all he can see are dollar signs and it's rather lazy and insulting to anyone with an iq. The main character is a genius and basically an evil batman who just happens to be about 100 steps ahead of every other pled in the book! The ending itself is too far removed from reality as you can get (even for a comic) but the art is quite nice for most part. I wish Millar would get back to writing enjoyable books again rather then act like the frankie boyle of the comicbook world, looking for shock and awe whilst selling himself out to make an easy buck.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
4-stars
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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Format: Hardcover
I've just finsihed my first reading of this book and my immediate thoughts are that it is a bit thin on content preferring instead to go for big action set pieces. This is a shame because I love some of Millars other work with Wanted & Kick Ass being two of my favourite modern takes on the super hero \ villain story, both of these had great storylines with ingenious twists and great characters but most importantly of all superb endings. With Nemesis I felt that the story could have been a good deal longer to give some depth to the characters, explain their motives and spin out some good set pieces, instead I felt like I was scratching the surface of each scene as if there were a couple of pages missing from each chapter and for me the ending was quite disappointing.

On the plus side the core idea of the story is pretty good and as I said there are some great action sequences, the story flows well and I enjoyed reading it. The artwork is great, McNiven has done a fantastic job, the scenes of violence he has created are visceral and really bring the action to life.

I guess in the end I'm a little disappointed because although it's entertaining I think this book could have been a whole lot better. In summary if this book was a film it would be Tron Legacy, looks impressive but lacks the strength of story to back it up.

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UPDATE - I've come back to this review after re-reading Nemesis a couple of times and I've downgraded it from 3 to 2 stars. The book just doesn't stand up to re-reading, the whole thing is too flimsy and the story suffers as a result of this. I am considering returning the book to the shop I purchased it from and exchanging it for something else.

If anyone needs to "up their game" I'd say it was Millar.
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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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