Nemesis is the world's smartest man, and the bad news for us is that he's the world's only super-villain. That means he's got freeze guns and jump-jets and all these James Bond gadgets and he's using them against us. To entertain himself, he picks a different cop every year and makes his life a misery. The book opens with him fucking over Japan's top cop, and then our story, the mini-series, takes place as he shifts his attention to Washington and his first American attacks. The visuals we've released here are just single panels from the Japanese segment. It's the best stuff I've ever seen Steve do. - Mark Millar describing Nemesis
Friday, December 4, 2009
Comic Book Resources has the exclusive interview with Mark Millar and Steve McNiven regarding their next big project, Nemesis, which we speculated on several weeks back when the teaser images were released. The project is set to be a creator owned title that asks the question of "What if Batman was the Joker?" and features a billionaire super villain with unlimited resources doing as he pleases with his city and challenging the best cops in the world to stop him in a role reversal of the Joker/Batman dynamic. There's even a Commissioner Gordan analogue. I've included a brief quote from the CBR interview describing the title after the jump with my own thoughts on it, but be sure to check out the CBR link for the full details and interview.
Sounds like a pretty simple concept and, aside from the odd Elseworlds or Earth-2 depiction of an evil Batman, I can't really recall anyone going the evil Batman route with a comic before. I like it so far and it's definitely a "Mark Millar story", which is to say that it'll be filled with a lot of cool moments and ideas in a sort of comic book version of a summer popcorn flick.
One thing that concerns me with a project like this, aside from the obvious delays seeing as Kick-Ass still has yet to conclude, is that it runs the risk of simply being 'Knock Off Evil Batman' and never really establishes itself as a story in its own right. Even the main character looks like Batman with the ears on his cowl cut off, which I guess is the point.
Comparing it to how the Authority are simply JLA substitues, while that is true for the Authority, they also established the characters as unique individuals outside of their obvious analogue positions. You can describe it as a "JLA meets real world" type story and people get it, but Midnighter isn't Batman either, despite his being the Batman stand in.
We don't know enough about to judge Nemesis just yet, so this will hopefully not be a problem when the book launches, but I'm interested in it and it should be entertaining at the very least. What do you think? Must buy? Trade wait after the delays for other projects from Millar and McNiven? Don't care? Sound off in the comments below.