Writer and Co-Creator: Mark Millar
Artist and Co-Creator: Steve McNiven
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Discovering that I am a comic book enthusiast like himself, a co-worker decided to lend me a graphic novel he had purchased a couple of years ago. He called it “sick,” but promised me that I wouldn’t be able to put it down once I started reading it. On first glance, I was intrigued by this character dressed in white and liked the graphics. But that first glance never prepared me for the graphic novel that is Nemesis.
A bored playboy with more money than he knows what to do with, Nemesis is the exact opposite of your favorite comic book hero. After years of plaguing Asian law enforcement, Nemesis has decided to move his operation to the United States. His target is Washington, D.C.'s Police Chief Blake Morrow. Nemesis plans to ruin the police chief before killing him, stating that the police chief ruined his own life long ago. But what is Nemesis’ real motivation?
From page one, I realized Nemesis was not your average everyday comic book. This graphic novel is for mature audiences only, not something one would expect from Marvel Comics to be sure. Every other frame features mature language or extremely bloody violence. Nemesis wants to destroy Chief Morrow and he doesn’t hold back on using anything to do it, including the Chief’s own kids.
One thing is for certain, this graphic novel is not for the faint of heart. The graphics are…well…graphic and the artwork is spot on. The most used color: red. Quite a stark contrast to the main character’s costume of pure white. I found the choice of color for the costume interesting as white is usually for the heroes. In fact, before I read the comic book synopsis, I assumed Nemesis was a hero based on the color of his costume. Shame on me for making premature assumptions.
And yet, like promised, I couldn’t put Nemesis down until I finished it. I found the ending to be quite an interesting twist, containing a possible opening for another series and a powerful message for the readers. The message is one forced upon Police Chief Morrow, but one that we all would do well to take heed of.
Again, I must remind our readers that Nemesis is a graphic novel containing extremely mature content, so it’s not something you would want young kids to get their hand on. That being said, this graphic novel could be something of a guilty pleasure to graphic novel readers out there. Sort of like fans of Saw or The Following who tune in to each and every movie or episode, unable to tear their eyes from the screen. Nemesis is so anti-superhero…so shocking…that you, too, won’t be able to put it down until the very last page.