Last week was the celestial event invoking the power of the Greek goddess Nemesis, who brings terrible vengeance and retribution upon our enemies! Or…it was just a week in which two comics adopted the name in its current popular vernacular.
Book: Nemesis #1
Publisher: Icon Comics
Author: Mark Millar
Art: Steven McNiven
It is almost impossible to not have heard of or read something from the mind of Mark Millar, with titles like Wanted, Kick Ass, Civil War, some Wolverine work, etc. So it comes as no surprise that there has been a lot of talk about the new work, Nemesis. How do you one-up the violence and gratuitous graphical gorefest of previous titles, make the only ‘super’ in the story a genius and diabolical bastard. So far they are pretty successful.
The villain in this story uses his intellect and obvious super abilities, so far flight, strength and durability, to play a cat and mouse game with various police chiefs around the globe. The ultimate outcome is the death of the chief, at a date and time already predestined by Nemesis. This death is usually quite messy, in accordance with some unspoken Millar law.
The name of the villain, along with a choice monologue, point towards a desire of retribution against these police officers. However, the ultimate ‘good’ nature of the protagonist makes it hard to see what the back-story could be. Thus the mystery that will keep us coming back. Or, maybe you’re just a fan of trailing entrails.
Book: Nemesis: The Imposters
Author: Ivan Brandon
Art: Cliff Richards
The Joker, non-lethal explosions, giant floating robot eye, alternative worlds; I have no clue what the hell if going on in this comic, and I like it. Unlike many, I do not mind being thrust into the center of aporia, it can be a great center of creativity. Of course I always hope to be relieved of this tension at some point (I’m talking to you Lost) and I will continue to pick up this version of Nemesis in that hope.
In hindsight, after the confusion settled down. I did some research and discovered that there isn’t anything to complicated to this story, yet. Apparently this Nemesis is already an established ‘hero’ from various other titles, such as Suicide Squad. Additionally, the presence of the Joker and Batman isn’t too strange as they shared some page space in the past. The alternate world is apparently also from the past and is similar to the story of the old Prisoner television series. Since I own and enjoy said series, I’m looking forward to Brandon’s take.