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What if Batman was The Joker?

Nemesis follows the adventures of a rich playboy that enjoys the finer things in life: fast cars, beautiful women, and "dealing" with someone on a 28 day (violent) crime spree. Marketed as the comic that "Makes Kick-Ass look like shit!" this is Mark Millar's latest work for Marvel Comics with a movie adaptation already in consideration.

Hopefully DC Comics won't sue.

Should not be confused with Nemesis the Warlock or Star Trek Nemesis. You may be looking for Arch Nemesis, a trope about a person's single greatest enemy, or Nemesis from Resident Evil 3 Nemesis

Examples of Nemesis include:


  • Awesomeness By Analysis: Blake's almost as prescient about what criminals will do as Nemesis is about what Law enforcement will do.
  • Child by Rape: Nemesis forces Blake's son and daughter to have sex, after using fertility drugs on her and though Blake's son being gay. Nemesis then made sure that, if they made her have an abortion, Blake's daughter would never be able to bear more children. Complete Monster indeed.
  • Composite Character: Of Batman and The Joker.
  • Dark Age: The first issue seems like an (albeit well drawn) throwback to early 90s comics: bad writing, pointless cursing and plenty of You Fail Physics Forever.
  • Executive Meddling: And thank God for it. First issue was supposed to end with Nemesis impaling Barack Obama's head on stake, but Marvel's editors stepped in on that one, so it was changed to completely different guy being a president, and only tied up.
  • For the Evulz: Nemesis tells Blake that he is the son of two complete psychos Blake busted and sent to their deaths but it's all lies. The son in question died before the story even began. Nemesis is just some rich, bored guy looking for kicks as a supervillain.
  • Gambit Roulette: Over the course of the book the ante is sequentially upped until the planners appear to have outright clairvoyant omniscience.
  • Light Is Not Good: Nemesis who is a villain in a pure white costume
  • Our Presidents Are Different: When Blake is faced with a Sadistic Choice, the President or his wife, both of whom are rigged with explosives, the President enforced a third option. He gets in Nemesis' face and orders Blake to blow him up.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The only way "Holy shit. I'm covered in old person." works at all.
  • Rule of Cool: How else is Nemesis able to stay on the outside of a plane mid-flight?
  • Sadistic Choice
  • Show, Don't Tell: The first issue breaks this rule.
  • Take a Third Option: See Our Presidents Are Different.
  • Villain Protagonist: Yes.
  • White Shirt of Death: Nemesis's costume is entirely white, leaving blood highly visible on it whenever he's slaughtering people.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: This is what Blake's playing at least. Just as Nemesis planned he would.
  • War On Cops: Nemesis' main recreational activity. His main target isn't politicians or landmarks, but well known police commissioners.
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