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Nemesis #1

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Steve McNiven Publisher: Marvel Icon Release Date: March 24, 2010 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 6
5.4Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

What if the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world was totally evil? Meet Nemesis. He's systematically been destroying the lives of every police chief in Asia, and he's now set his sights on Washington, DC.

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kate Trippe Mar 28, 2010

    I am ready for this series to get started and take me to unexpected places. I look forward to getting to know both of the main characters, and what the intestines of those working under them look like. I will now sit in dread of what sort of horrible bullet-bending places Nemesis: The Major Motion Picture will take me. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Mar 26, 2010

    McNiven is great here. The work feels European. The one thing I would change is to provide Niven with another inker who would give thicker lines to his work. It reminds me a lot of Frank Quietly in the shaky lines that populate the pages. From afar, it all looks like solid. Close by, you see the irregular lines that permeate the work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan May 28, 2020

    A quick and savage read, "Nemesis" will stay with you long after you've put it down. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Mar 28, 2010

    However, if the book doesnt attempt anything as interesting as what I'm hoping Millar intends, then it definitely needs to provide stronger characterisation and more originality of plotting in forthcoming issues because, at this stage, it almost feels as though somebody has written an uncannily accurate pastiche of a Mark Millar comic and convinced an A-list talent to illustrate it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Mar 29, 2010

    Nemesis #1 is a solid offering popcorn for the brain. The reader need not engage their mind. Just sit back and enjoy the action packed adventure ride. I would definitely only recommend Nemesis #1 to action junkies. Most other readers will probably find Nemesis #1 too shallow and unsatisfying. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Mar 24, 2010

    Millar has made a name for himself as the master of spectacle driven, in-your-face comics, and his past work has entertained me enough to convince me Nemesis deserves the benefit of the doubt. At times, when Millar is riffing on a few age old Joker tropes, you can almost sense the story about to spring to life. Sadly, though, it never does in this first issue. The ideas just kind of sit there while Millar and McNiven wave their hands and try to grab our attention with violence and potty language. It's kind of a bad sign when you derive more entertainment out of a comic's text afterward than you do the comic itself. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Mar 28, 2010

    In a prose afterword at the end of the issue, Millar thanks readers for having enough faith in him and McNiven to pick up this book. His assessment of the series potential success is right on the money. So far, its creators reputation is the biggest thing Nemesis has going for it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Mania - Chris Smits Mar 26, 2010

    None of this is necessarily a bad thing, though, but it's important that the difference be pointed out. It still reads as good entertainment, but it's just that: good entertainment. Though it's only the first issue, everything is a little more spoon-fed than it needs to be and the next issues are going to need much more to them for Nemesis to rise above being considered anything more than shameless fun. Compared to it's hype, this book doesn't exactly deliver as cleverly as was hinted at, but it does set up what may be a fun "Rated R" action-fest of a story. I'm giving this one a C. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Mar 28, 2010

    What if the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world (Batman) dressed all in white but was totally evil? He'd be Nemesis, of course, and he has systematically been destroying the lives of various police chiefs around the world--and now he has set his sights on the chief of police in Washington, DC. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 24, 2010

    Even the cliffhanger ending of "Nemesis" #1 is uninteresting. It's the sort of moment that we've seen in countless issues of "Avengers," "Justice League of America," "X-Men," "Batman," "Captain America," and probably even "Firestorm." You should never get to the end of a comic and find yourself thinking, "That's it?" Unfortunately, that's exactly what you'll get. Even our supposedly crafty and clever hero (we're told he is such because that's why Nemesis wants to spar with him) uses such a tired and clichd way to stop people holding up a convenience store that it makes you wonder if the bad guy is targeting the wrong man. I'm not a fan of Millar when his comics turn into a series of increasingly ludicrous moments, but I actually found myself yearning for something crazy in "Nemesis" #1. In-your-face Millar, as it turns out, is preferable to boring Millar. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Mar 25, 2010

    This is a dull, lifeless story that is mostly violence for the sake of violence with absolutely nothing to back it up. At least Millar's KickAss had some heart to it and Wanted was an interesting commentary on the postWatchmen comic book industry. This, on the other hand, is just an uninspired mess that is nowhere near the level of quality that readers can normally expect from Millar and McNiven. Do yourself a favor and avoid this one at all costs. I wish I had. Read Full Review

  • 0.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Mar 25, 2010

    Or, at the very least, wait for the trade if you are still interested. Like most Millar stories, this has a good premise and concept, but it lacks any kind of subtlty or execution. Should make for an entertaining movie, but it's seriously lacking on the comic book side of things. Read Full Review

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