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Reviews: Night Club #3 & Nemesis: Reloaded #2
The adventures continue from Image Comics
From Image Comics this week are two continuing stories from writer Mark Millar - Night Club #3 and Nemesis: Reloaded #2.
Night Club #3
It's awesome being a vampire-as long as you wear a mask and pretend you're a superhero like high school student Danny Garcia and his two best friends. The only trouble is when you realize there's OTHER vampires out there too and they're going to murder your ass for blowing their cover.
WRITER: Mark Millar, ARTIST & COVERS: Juanan Ramirez
This issue has its ups and downs. We get the ‘Night Club’ not only learning more about their powers - while using them to do some good, but also some of the restrictions.
There is the classic restriction of not being able to enter a dwelling if they are not invited - this is well done on two occasions here, once with the team trying to get hold of some terrorists and another time later on.
That, later on, is referred to in the blurb above, where the other vampires finally find out about this superhero team operating - and that they are also vampires.
This issue is well-paced, with some heroics being suitably heroic and then the classic teenage tropes of being popular at the party. The beating they have to take is well played out and makes sense.
The artwork continues to be great in this series, with some well-played-out angles and good use of the magic of vampires. We get a good mix of the city and the countryside too.
It looks like there is going to be an exciting meeting next issue!
Nemesis: Reloaded #2
Nemesis continues picking off the city's police force enlisting the help of not only the town's biggest gang members but of its entire population when he puts a $10000 bounty on every beat cop's head.
WRITER: Mark Millar, ARTIST: Jorge Jimenez
I’m a big wrestling fan, and one of the phrases that gets used in wrestling circles when there is a big angle is ‘Bait and Switch’
the action (generally illegal) of advertising goods which are an apparent bargain, with the intention of substituting inferior or more expensive goods.
Why do I mention this in a review, you ask? Well, this issue - with all the madness and villainy you would come to expect from a Nemesis comic, is an interesting origin story. A young boy, a child of serial killers (conveniently caught by the current mayor), goes through a special initiation to become….something else…
Now the implication here, in this admittedly well-told story, is that this is the origin of Nemesis - is this the case? I am sceptical, and do wonder if this is the bait and switch - we know where this is leading and expect to have the answer.
Of course there is a double bluff - it may be the origin of Nemesis. Or a double-double bluff.
I could go on.
Even so, this is how invested I am with this story - I want the next issue to come, which is kind of the story's point.