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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  1,362 ratings  ·  131 reviews
CIVIL WAR? Nothing. KICK-ASS? A warmup. What if the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world was totally evil? Meet Nemesis. He's systematically been destroying the lives of every police chief in Asia, and he's now set his sights on Washington, DC. Between you and me, the police don't have a chance. Do not miss the book that EVERYONE will be talking about by the cr ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 23rd 2011 by Marvel (first published January 26th 2011)
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Interesting take on an old trope. The main character is sort of a reverse Batman. Answers the question, what if a Billionaire playboy became a super villian instead of a hero.

I enjoy Millar's style, and his stories are always tight, clever, and fast-moving. This one's no exception.

So, I do think that villains should be as terrifying as Nemesis. So beyond psychotic that they're somehow sane. But I also think that part of what makes a villain truly scary (a villain that doesn't have magic or spaceships at their disposal) is that his or her evil is to a certain extent probable in the real world. Say, poisoning the civic water supply. What Nemesis does is so over-the-top ridiculous that it isn't even scary. Another reviewer already pointed this example out but it bears re
Steven Stennett
Effective tale told with speed and vigor. Its been done before and I am sure it will get done again, but so what, it was a very enjoyable read and I enjoyed the ride while it lasted!!!!
Nice little popcorn read, I'm sure Millar thinks he's making some profound commentary on the world zeitgeist - but really he's just earning dividends on the beast of his own making, and trying to place blame for the nihilistic world view elsewhere.

I usually enjoy Millar & McNiven, and this is a fun, breezy read - but also forgettable, even if the writing at least makes the effort to give us some Hollywood twists and turns.

I'm happy for Millar that he's found success between Hollywood and co
Sam Quixote
Mark Millar teams up with his Civil War artist Steve McNiven for possibly the best book he's written so far. The book starts off at a blistering pace, throwing the reader straight into the action as Nemesis blasts a murderous path of vengeance across Asia before turning his attentions to Washington DC.

At every expectation in the story Millar draws the reader in only to pull the rug out and flip the situation on its head. I was hooked from the first page to the last as Millar throws in all the t
The more people I talk to about Nemesis the more I realize how many people do not like this book.

The reasons are many - whore to the movie inspiring ambitions of mark millar, too much blood and gore, lack of a credible motivation of the central character for doing what he does, over the top action etc.

That said -

I adore this book and totally loved reading through this pop corn action fest !

a) The villain or should I say the hero is exactly what a bad ass batman would be like.
b) The chemistry
TJ Shelby
I've been thinking for a few days now on what to put in this review. I'm completely unsure how I feel about this short graphic novel. Millar has cornered the gratuitous violence genre but is edging towards the Ennis-esque shit we're nothing makes sense unless you're dropping tabs while reading. The villain in this story owes his motivation to being "bored and rich."

Maybe I'm getting old. I'm complaining about gratuitous violence. Me...???

Other than that, the art was great and the story did flow
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A week ago, Mark Millar made an announcement about how each of his creator owned books are part of a shared universe. It is a multiverse, since there are two universes and it is kind of compelling. One Universe has the characters and scenarios from Wanted, Kick-Ass (The upcoming) MPH, This book and Superior. Superior, the character gets his powers from an alternate universe, where Millar's other title Jupiter's Legacy takes place. In the Universe that features this book, Jupiter's Legacy is a se ...more
Timothy Morrow
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***Dave Hill
I'd heard interesting things about this series from a variety of sources, and I know it's under development as a movie, so I thought I'd pick up the collection.

Ho-hum, more iconoclastic hyper-violence form Mark Millar, who keeps trying to out-Garth Ennis Garth Ennis. In this case, we have the question, "What if Batman were a raging, brilliant psychopath who was out to kill police chiefs around the world, especially the one responsible for the deaths of his parents."

It's a fun premise, I guess,
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What if Batman was an obnoxious, whack job that decided to kill a bunch of people and blow stuff up because he was rich and bored?

Yet another juvenile attempt to sell the movie rights by Mark Millar. The art is nice, and the story idea has potential, but Millar's too busy showing us how cool and clever he is, for the story to progress much past the level of a Micheal Bay movie.
With lots of swearing to show us Millar is 'edgy.

You're better off finding an old Fantomas novel or an actual Batman com
Typical Mark Millar. Awesome concept (what if someone as ingenious, skilled, and rich as The Batman was evil... and dressed in white, irony) but falls flat in the end. Decent story but the series felt short, like Millar left out the book where we become awed by Nemesis' intelligence. Instead we get a panel, "You think I didn't want all this to happen?" Nice little twist in the end which makes you look at the story a little differently but not enough to reread any of it (no, he wasn't "dead all a ...more
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Reseña de Matías Depettris para Tierra Freak:

Cuenta la leyenda que cuando quien escribe esta reseña estaba transitando su primaria y rondaba los 10, 11 años, invertía horas y horas de t.v. mirando cartoons yanquies, y uno de los que lo emocionaba mucho era el ya célebre G.I. Joe, en el cual en un par de capítulos apareció un personaje llamado Nemesis Enforcer que lo volvió loco… No por el personaje en sí, que no era nada del otro mundo (era imponente, sí,

tengo un apodo perfecto para el autor de este cómic: mark "la mentira" millar.

mucho me temo que el apodo no es tan perfecto como pensé: millar es un autor que ha entregado buenas obras --el primer volumen de kick-ass es un gran cómic, y por supuesto, el primer volumen de the ultimates es una obrita maestra, pero también es un tipo que, estancado en su estilo over-the-top lleno de explosiones y madrazos, ha dedicado su carrera a crear hits prediseñados listos para venderse a hollywood, casi
I think you can tell whether this book is for you simply by looking at the illustration they choose to use on the title page; it wasn't for me, and had I trusted my instincts on the matter, I wouldn't have wasted my time. I'd give NEMESIS no stars if they actually counted zero as a rating around these parts.
I have liked Millar's high concept, movie pitch like comics before, but this was just freaking awful. Batman as a supervillain might be a good idea for some good disposable entertainment, but this was just over the top and stupid. Plus, rigging a womb to explode unless a woman delivers incest babies? Blech
McNiven is the real star of this book. Millar's scripts are... sparse by his own example. Basically he came up woth a general plot, a few twists and a minimalist dialogue. The art is fantastic, but the story is a bit dull and lacks the sparkle of Millar's finest works.
Tanya K
The premise is interesting, but the plot, action, and characters all fail to impress. None of the various cartoonishly two-dimensional characters elicit a reaction from the reader or give us a reason to be invested in the story's outcome; maybe the appeal is supposed to be like that of a plotless bloody horror movie, and yet the oh-so-shocking destruction and violence feel rote, procedural, somehow flat. Even as a satire or deconstruction of the excessively-gritty comic story, it fails; satire, ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Jarlos added it
Great set up. Simple but interesting story. Wicked sense of humor. Lots of ultraviolence. but as the book went on the story felt far too simple for the 4 issues it took to tell it. and then a total cop-out of an ending.
This comic is absolutely insane. In a good way mostly. It takes the idea of a super villain and blows it sky high! The only thing I couldn't get on behind were the character's motivations - Nemesis caused utter mayhem and chaos just because he was rich and bored... I don't buy it. I get it when the joker causes havoc because he's crazy and deranged and enjoys it. Other villains are out for revenge/retribution or even trying to improve the world in however sick and twisted manner. But just to do ...more
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Hayden Hart
In Nemesis, you can observe Mark Millar really trying his best to make another Wanted and missing the point entirely. Wanted was the other edgy, ultraviolent, "reinvention" of a typical comic book villain that Millar wrote in 2005-2008. The new, incredibly darker approach felt refreshing there, but in Nemesis the over-the-top action and "shocking" moments feel like they were thought up by a thirteen year old. The plot revolves around the concept of a reversal of the typical comic book ninja play ...more
By this point Millar has pretty much perfected his approach to "widescreen" comics, with all the coarse language, ultra-violence and jaw-dropping action set-pieces that we've come to expect from him. I take my Millar books in measured quantities, lest I become saturated and completely turned off. But oh, do I enjoy them.

Steve McNiven's art in this book is not like what you'll find in Civil War, The New Avengers, Vol. 2: Sentry, or Brubaker's Captain America - Volume 1, for the simple reason that
Eric Farr
This was intense and gruesome. Another foray into hyper-violence. I suppose there are a lot of people who love that. I'm turned off by that, but I'll stick around for a good story. And I'd say this was a good story. A notorious super-villain targets police commissioners as part of a sick game. The hero is one such police commissioner, attempting to stay alive and save the day. He is only marginally successful in both pursuits.

Really, this is most interesting as an idea piece. What if the bored w
Sr. Lado Brillante
¿El problema es que Millar siempre escribe el mismo tipo de historia o que los lectores buscan precisamente ese tipo de historia?
Como siempre el escritor presenta un concepto sumamente interesante: ¿Que pasaría si alguien con todo los recursos del mundo decidiera entrenar su cuerpo hasta la perfección y con su dinero financiar una cruzada personal? Tendríamos a Batman, pero que pasaría si en lugar de vestirse de murciélago decidiera salir a matar policías?
He ahí el concepto.
Una idea emocionan
When I read this, I couldn't think of anything to say about it even though I really liked it and it made me think stuff that I should have been able to assemble into a freakin' review or whatever. Whatever.

Then this weekend I read Batwoman: Elegy and for some reason it immediately made me think of Nemesis -- or rather, it made me think of the various books Mark Millar has been writing that are all ultraviolent one-off amoral superhero stories. The other two are famouser, being that they both got
When it comes to Mark Millar he seems to have a fascination with super villians and making them just as compelling as the heroes. letting us see the worldf rom their point of view. Telling the tales in a mature way. Where he seems to take pleasure in expressing the story with as many vices as he can put inthe story. at times to always seem to try and top himself. The tales come off as cooland like they are mini movies in of themselves. Films that would be great to see on thebig screen but probab ...more
Miguel Deschain
An entertaining graphic novel, it's not as good as other millar's works like old man logan, the ultimates, wanted, etc. The artwork of Mcniven is not as good as it was in civil war, but is ok.

The story has some bad points, like the explanation of nemesis' motivations and the organization behind him, but the action scenes and the police character were very good.

I reccomend this to millar fans and anyone who like action stories.
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Mark Millar is an award-winning Scottish comic book writer born in Coatbridge. Now a resident of Glasgow, Millar has been the highest selling British comic-book writer working in America this decade. His best known works include: The Authority, Ultimates 1 and 2, adaptations of Jack Kirby's and Stan Lee's Avengers, Wanted, Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and Civil War. In Augus ...more
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