Review: Nemesis #4

Published on December 29th, 2010

Mark Millar is at the top of his game this week. Two amazing books from the guy in one week! I thought only Robert Kirkman was capable of such a thing. It took a little bit longer to get to four issues of Nemesis than someone would expect, but I think with this last issue was worth the wait. Honestly I wasn’t as impressed with this book initially as I have been with Millar’s other books, but I think after looking at this first series as a whole, and especially this last issue I’m more than happy with it.

nemesis4So Nemesis has been nothing but trouble for Chief Blake Morrow since he left Japan and came to the United States. Ya know what? Trouble is not a big enough word to describe just how messed up and evil this guy is. In four issues he’s killed thousands of innocent people, blown up a prison, kidnapped the Chief’s kids and pretty much ruined his family. This guy is possibly the most messed up super villain ever.

So once again Chief Morrow thinks he has the upper hand on Nemesis and charges in to what he thinks is Nemesis’ hiding place. Morrow’s team heads into the house and instead of finding Nemesis they find a fat guy tied to a bed and strapped to a bomb. The house goes up in a massive explosion and Morrow passes out and later wakes up to find himself in the oval office with Nemesis who reveals that Stuart (Morrow’s top guy) was a mole for the last eight years. Nemesis then goes into a big speech about how he’s not some guy bent on revenge for the death of his parents, he’s just a bored rich guy who likes to bring pain and suffering to his targets.

Then Nemesis reveals his endgame. He’s got Blake’s wife and the President of the United States hostage with bombs strapped to them, and Blake has 30 seconds to choose who gets to live and who gets to be blown to tiny little bits. This President is pretty bad-ass, instead of being a little bitch he goes off on Nemesis and gets close enough to him so that Blake can set off the bomb and blow Nemesis away with the president. You may be thinking that that’s kind of a cop-out ending, but don’t worry, Nemesis isn’t dead yet. Morrow gets his final battle with Nemesis and the two duke it out for a few more pages, until they both find guns and blow each other away. While Morrow is hit in the chest, Nemesis took a bullet to the head. Morrow is able to pull through and it appears that Nemesis is gone for good. There’s a little more to the story, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. All I’ll say at this point is that there will be a Nemesis sequel, but who knows how long that will take? Anybody know when Kick Ass 2 #2 is coming out?

That was a pretty good read, and I would expect nothing less from Mark Millar. Although I don’t think it lived up to the hype of being “the most shocking and controversial book in comics ever!” I think that award belongs to Crossed, but that’s just my opinion. This was a great story with some pretty awesome artwork, Steve McNiven really did a great job, his action scenes are just fantastic. It’s really common to start off a comic really strong, and end it with a big fat let down, this book started out pretty decent, not great, but decent. The end was great though, I really thought it was a great way to end the book and give closure, but it had a great opening for another story. I understand if you didn’t want to buy the single issues of this book because they end up being released so far apart, but I would highly recommend that you pick up the trade when it comes out.

Ken Zeider