Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Comics Review: "NEMESIS RELOADED #5" - It's Not the Length, It's the Girth or Unexpect the Expected


STORY: Mark Millar
ART: Jorge Jiménez
COLORS: Giovanna Niro
LETTERS: Clem Robins
EDITOR: Sarah Unwin
COVER: Jorge Jiménez with Giovanna Niro
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Javier Fernandez with Belén Ortega; Jorge Jiménez
36pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (May 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 #5 opens in Eastern Europe, at “the Castle of Reflection.”  It is there, Matthew Anderson a.k.a. Nemesis must win the game of death that will lead him to discovering all the big-ass secrets.  But before we get into that big game...

Mayor-elect Joe Costello must come face to face with his connection to Nemesis' past.  There is payback galore, and the wealthy and the power-elite won't get their way.  Is this the grand finale or just the beginning?

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.

The final issue retains the series' connection to a gleefully and enjoyably insane time.  Still, I have to be careful with Nemesis Reloaded #5.  In a way, it is like the recent Killadelaphia #30, which ended things so that it could begin even bigger, more surprising and lunatic things.

Here, writer Mark Millar and artist Jorge Jiménez add their craziness to something like the bigness of Millar and Matteo Scalera's King of Spies.  They don't minimize the craziness of Nemesis Reloaded, the kind that recalls Frank Miller's Daredevil and Ronin, but they welcome the massive storytelling that is similar to Millar's work at Marvel, such as The Ultimates and Civil War.

Recently, dear readers, my car was stolen (still not recovered) and the thieves ransacked my home for my book and comic book collection.  With the arrival of the final issue, I needed Nemesis: Reloaded to stroke my hard-on for vengeance.  Oh, it was so good, and I'm so crazy about the title character.  I wanna blow Nemesis; I'm not sure I've ever felt that way about a comic book character, but it is Mark Millar and artist Jorge Jiménez's fault, of course.

They have created a comic book that pops off the page, and the story pelvic thrusts its way into readers' imaginations … again and again.  I have to believe that they wanted it this way; they wanted such reactions as mine.  If that is not the case, they certainly could have rebooted Green Lantern for the umpteenth time instead of creating this glory hole of violence and retribution.  If you have been waiting for comic books to be crazy and fun again, recharge your imagination with Nemesis Reloaded.

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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