Thursday, February 16, 2023

Comics Review: "NEMESIS RELOADED #2" - The Origins of F**K Tha Police


STORY: Mark Millar
ART: Jorge Jiménez
COLORS: Giovanna Niro
LETTERS: Clem Robins
EDITOR: Sarah Unwin
COVER: Jorge Jiménez with Giovanna Niro
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Matteo Scalera with Giovanna Niro
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2023)

Rated M / Mature

Nemesis created by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven

Nemesis Reloaded is a new five issue comic book series from writer Mark Millar.  It is a soft reboot of Nemesis, a 2010-11 four-issue comic book miniseries from Millar and artist Steve McNiven.

Nemesis: Reloaded is drawn by Jorge Jiménez; colored by Giovanna Niro; and lettered by Clem Robins.  In the new series, Nemesis has plans for Los Angeles and its ruling class.  By the time he is done, the city won't be the same, nor will its top politicians.

Nemesis Reloaded #2 opens in Los Angeles, a city under siege.  Nemesis has put a $10,000 bounty on every beat cop's head.  Nemesis himself is also picking off select members of the city police force.  But who is he?  How did he come to be?  And why has this state of affairs in L.A. come to be?

THE LOWDOWN:  In my review of Nemesis Reloaded #1, I said that it reminded me of the best of the team of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson on Marvel Comics' Daredevil.  The 1980s were a time of gleefully crazy, off-the-wall, and rebellious comic books:  titles such as American Flagg!, Love and Rockets, Neat Stuff, Swamp Thing, to name a few.  Frank Miller headlined several of them, including Daredevil, Ronin, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

For a quarter-century, Mark Millar has not been afraid to do crazy and transforming – from the rock 'n' roll The Authority and to the Avengers revolution known as The Ultimates.  He got crazier with the launch of his creator-owned line, Millarworld – from the groundbreaking Kick-Ass to the cross-generational Jupiter's Legacy.

The enjoyment of Nemesis Reloaded #2 is that reading it is like reading something that is not supposed to be – a pop confection of craziness.  Some may believe that comic books should be conservative in what it presents, but in the 1980s, many creators decided that it was okay for at least some of the comic books to go crazy.  The spirit of that craziness is alive in well in Mark Millar and his comic books, especially Nemesis Reloaded.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Mark Millar comic books that make the reader come … back for more … will desire Nemesis Reloaded.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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