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(Nemesis #1-4)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  2,544 ratings  ·  225 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 ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 23rd 2011 by Marvel (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jokoloyo by: Iantony
This comic is a near perfect page turner! Full of surprises! with only four issues, this is one hell of packed action comics. Issue 1-3 worth 4 or 5 star.

But... I don't like the final issue. I need to put spoiler tag, there are big spoilers (view spoiler)
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

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.
Ari Eris
Sep 19, 2011 rated it did not like it

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
Rory Wilding
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My introduction to Mark Millar was from reading Wanted, an over-the-top actioner set in a world where such villains have secretly taken control of the planet, which not only proved that Millar was the most demented writer I’ve read, but became a loose film adaptation in 2008. Known for his cynical sensibilities that he has applied to a number of Marvel comics, for better (The Ultimates) or worse (Civil War), Millar is at his best through his creator-owned work, or Millarworld as he’s called it ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great short story from Millar. Great artwork, great story, I just wish it wasn't so short and I wish there were sequels to his stories!
Sam Quixote
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be twisted, vulgar, unnecessarily violent and entirely in bad taste.

And that is precisely why I liked it.

I didn't feel like Nemesis was trying to challenge me to look at comics any differently. If this book was trying to make a point, it was lost on me. It felt more like a bloody, juvenile romp that just wanted to shock me. That was to be expected, based on the many reviews and "Worst comic book stories of all-time" lists I browsed beforehand. Sometimes, when the mood
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I think i would have liked it a lot more if it was only Nemesis and if he actually won at the end of the day
But the alternative is still good its good action packed thriller not sure if i read a mark millar before but it was a great experience i sure as hell seen the movies though they were pretty good
i was rooting for Nemesis all the way through never deviated from cheer leading him on lol
but i felt something is wrong when he said i am rich i can do whatever i want to do we don't lose at
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sooraya Evans
Oct 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
An example of style without substance.
Hyped as making Kick-Ass look like sh*t.
A pretty bold statement considering it didn't even come close.
Granted that Nemesis is crazy, he's not at all scary.
In fact, the white costume made him look stupid.
And the ending, what was that all about?
I'm a Millar fan, but this was disappointing :(
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Another great entry from Millar, and with this one the amazing pencils of Steve McNiven. This is the story of a super villain, in fact the only super villain in a world without superheroes, and that kind of sucks. Nemesis goes after governments and leaders of countries. He is rich beyond compare and has many, many secrets. He strikes all over the world where and when he decides to deface a land or remove a person of Law or a prime minister, czar or whatever he wishes, and he is never caught nor ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Truly terrible. If you've ever read Millar, you know the dialogue is bafflingly bad. I think "Mark Millar" may actually be two kids in a trench coat. The characters all talk like they're fourth-graders who just learned curse words.

Most of the book is just the villain killing people. And not in clever ways, either. This actually happens:
he kills a hundred armed guards with his bare hands. Yeah.

And the villain's whole plan was to not kill his victim. What's that you say? That makes no sense? Ah,
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Book Info: This collection contains Millar & McNiven's Nemesis issues #1-4.

Other Useful Reviews: Mike's review and Tanya K's review

ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5+/5 stars}


From the same writer/artist duo that brought you Civil War and Old Man Logan comes Millar & McNiven's Nemesis!


This four-issue limited series follows the adventures Nemesis – a supervillain who is world-renown for his terrorist antics and brutal slaughter of high-ranking police officers
James DeSantis
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 to make it clear. This is RIGHT down the middle.

So what if you created a villain with no constraints. You'd get Nemesis. He'll slice your dick off, he'll make your kids have sex with each other, he'll strap a bomb to your wife. He'll do whatever it takes, he has no limits, he is...THE NEMESIS.

This probably would have been cooler if I was 16 still and just wanted mindless insane action without any real characters. You can kill a million people, you can force incest as much as you want, but
TJ Shelby
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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 where 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
Jan 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Steven Stennett
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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!!!!
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The level of violence was cranked up to 11 on this story. It's worth it if you don't mind blood and gore. The artificial insemination thing might have some people losing their lunch, though. It was a bit much even for me. It's a good idea not to eat anything right before reading this.

Nemesis is a maniac and the world's only super-villain whose personal mission is to kill police chiefs in most spectacular fashion. After getting the Tokio police chief run over by a speeding train, he sets his
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jun 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
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
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Lots of plot holes but a crazy Millar story never the less. The overall story was good and the bad guy was well handled but there was more behind the scenes and that slightly annoyed me. I suspect they may revisit this world but the way the story unfolded felt like they didn't really have a primary focus for the characters. I liked the tone but it was a little muddled in the delivery.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I did not see that coming.
Jamie Connolly
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Really fun and cool. Quick read. 5 stars.
Hadeel Al Mutairi
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very awesome short read filled with so much action!! I love it
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Timothy Morrow
Aug 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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***Dave Hill
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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Mark Millar is the New York Times best-selling writer of Wanted, the Kick-Ass series, The Secret Service, Jupiter’s Legacy, Jupiter’s Circle, Nemesis, Superior, Super Crooks, American Jesus, MPH, Starlight, and Chrononauts. Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, and The Secret Service (as Kingsman: The Secret Service) have been adapted into feature films, and Nemesis, Superior, Starlight, War Heroes, ...more

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  • Millar and McNiven's Nemesis #1 (of 4)
  • Millar and McNiven's Nemesis #2 (of 4)
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