Thursday, June 10, 2010

Millar & McNiven's Nemesis #2 [2010]


Following the success of his run on the Ultimates, Civil War, and Kick-Ass, Mark Millar decided to really crank it up with his new creator-owned series: Nemesis. Millar described the character as a cross between Batman and the Joker. The smartest, richest, and most resourceful villain in the world taking out top cops everywhere. 

Now he has set his sights on Chief of Police Blake Morrow in Washington, DC and his reason is ‘seeking revenge for a stolen childhood.’ The first issue opens up with violence and destruction on the level of a category 11 hurricane. To set up his trap for Chief Blake Morrow, Nemesis has taken down Air Force One in order to kidnap the President. Proving to the US citizens and the world that no one is safe. Nemesis also gives Chief Blake Morrow a date and time of death: midnight on March 12th.

Twenty years ago Detective Blake Morrow was investigating the disappearance of missing teenagers and was lead to the home of the Andersons. The Andersons were running a hunting club involving teenage runaways and rich friends. Their son Matthew Anderson is Nemesis and his father committed suicide and his mother was executed on midnight on March 12th.

In the present, Nemesis destroys a football stadium, steals the Hope Diamond, kills innocents, and poisons the Pentagon. Chief Blake Morrow steps up a trap for Nemesis after a long high speed chase and is finally caught.

The writing of Mark Millar is superb compared to his Ultimate Avengers 2 run. He has a sense of his own character and really shows his talents of storytelling. Steve McNiven artwork with crisp and clear lines really showcases his passion towards comic art.