Saturday, April 15, 2023

Comics Review: "NEMESIS RELOADED #4" - Juicy Got 'Em Crazy


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

Rated M / Mature

Nemesis created by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven

Nemesis Reloaded is a five-issue comic book series from writer Mark Millar.  It is a soft reboot of Nemesis, Millar's 2010-11 four-issue comic book miniseries that he created with 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.  And maybe the secrets of Nemesis will be revealed.

Nemesis Reloaded #4 opens in Los Angeles, a city under siege and on fire.  Nemesis has one more score to settle – with retired and disabled former cop, Maggie Cheung – before he moves on to his primary target.  That would be the cop-turned-district attorney, Joe Costello, the mayor-elect of Los Angles.

By Nemesis's command:  people cannot leave their houses or a nuclear bomb will go off in a secret location.  Everyone remains in lock down. Now, the penultimate chapter prepares to give way to the final showdown.

THE LOWDOWN:  In my earlier reviews of Nemesis Reloaded, I talked about how those issues fit into the tradition of the groundbreaking and daring comic books of the 1980s, especially of the early to mid-1980s.

Years ago, I read an article which stated that the people who published comic books back in the 1940s believe that the primary readers of comic books were children who were not bright and adults who were morons.

One might argue that quite a few adults who read comic books, then and now, are crazy – euphemistically or certifiably.  For instance, I'm crazy enough to imagine elaborate revenge fantasies in which I hurt people who have hurt me personally and especially professional.  I'd love to tie them in a chair and burn them alive.  Then, I'd mow down every law enforcement and first responders that showed up to rescue my burning victim(s).  And whadda-u-know!  There's a comic book where the main character does precisely that.

Seriously, writer Mark Millar and artist Jorge Jiménez have embraced the crazy.  If the publishers of the 1940s were right about their readers (they weren't), then, comic books should go all out to be wild, weird, and wonderful. If there is some truth to crazy, then, why not do crazy comic books.  Mark and Jorge have brought the bat-shit crazy of 1980s comic books like Elektra: Assassin and American Flagg! back in full effect with the crazy, balls-to-the-wall, Nemesis: Reloaded, especially this fourth issue.

When Nemesis walks out of that burning building and starts killing cops and then, confronts Mayor Joe, well, it was exhilarating.  Nemesis: Reloaded isn't mere entertainment; it is pure, unashamed, weird fiction that triggers and activates its readers.  This ain't just another comic book; it is the kind that goes after that dangly thing in the back of your throat (hip hop reference).  That's why you want to read Nemesis Reloaded #4 on the way to reading the entire series.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of comic books that make readers beg for more will desire Nemesis Reloaded.


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

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