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Reviews: The Ambassadors #2 & Nemesis: Reloaded #4
Out this week from Image Comics
From Image Comics, both written by Mark Millar, are two new comics out this week - The Ambassadors #2 and Nemesis: Reloaded #4.
The Ambassadors #2
The six best people in the world will be given superpowers by a Korean billionaire who’s cracked the superhuman code. First up is an Ambassador for India and his training at their secret Antarctic base.
by Mark Millar (Author), Karl Kerschl (Cover Art, Artist)
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This issue introduces two of our new superheroes, mentioning another. I like how the superpowers are portrayed as apps, with some interesting play on the powers and their potential limitations. Nevertheless, we get a bit of a training montage, with the Indian delegate showing his origin and some potential conflicts in the future. It’s well played out, and there is a good kicker in the story, which was unexpected.
The artwork continues to be great fun, with some good action and comedic parts. There are some interesting scenes, and I like how the hostage situation plays out.
The ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ analogy seems to play out a little more, with a Slughorn character being an issue - with links to the original programme.
This continues the interesting beginning with some well-rounded characters and an interesting way forward.
Nemesis: Reloaded #4
All the cops have been killed, the city is in chaos, nobody can leave their houses, and a nuclear bomb will go off in a secret location unless everyone remains in the lockdown Nemesis demanded. This series just can’t get any more exciting!
by Mark Millar (Author), Jorge Jiménez (Cover Art, Artist)
To finish with, we get more of the ‘origin story1’ of Nemesis. It's short, but all must be revealed in the final issue, which is coming soon.
The rest of the issue is all about the setup for the big confrontation. I like the way it goes, though, with another cop on the task force being taken out. This way was particularly harsh, with a little bit of The Watchmen thrown in.
The build to the big showdown had all the classic ideas. A big threat, an the hero making his way to face down the big evil. The bomb is comically huge, and I like how it all plays out. There are some clever moments, too - with the power being switched back on and using the fire to draw someone out.
This issue sets up the final issue, and I look forward to seeing how it all plays out.2
I still don’t trust the narrator!
And if I was right!