Nemesis may be a total package web comic. It features a reasonable update schedule with fantastic, stylized art, and a story with a focused sense of direction. Gregory Holkan creates a stark contrast between his “cute-ish” art-style and his much darker storyline. His attention to detail and color in his backgrounds helps to set the scene and the mood. Nemesis has a polished and professional look. Most impressive though, may be the juggling of so many different characters and aspects of the story in such an efficient manner. Nemesis is part action comic, part political thriller, and part murder mystery.
While the concept of a society overrun by super heroes isn’t anything new, “Nemesis” brings fresh material to the table. The world is watched over by the super powered and often arrogant “numans”, which are individuals with abilities beyond those of humans. When the worlds most powerful and most celebrated “numan”, Mr. Zenith is brutally (and easily) killed, the case falls into the hands of police detective Richard Murphy, one of the few remaining normal humans on the police force. As more and more numans fall to the serial killer known as Nemesis, Richard faces internal pressure from other numans who would rather not see a mere human handle a case this big, and the daunting task of being normal while hunting a villain who seems to effortlessly kill numans.
Usually, in comics, we’re looking for someone in a cape to swoop down and save the day. But even though there are plenty of super powered numans flying around with their superiority complexes, “Nemesis” is ultimately a human struggle, and that’s what sets this series apart from most superhero adventures. I recommend.
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