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2010 Comic Character to Watch: Mark Millar’s Nemesis

What If Bruce Wayne was the Joker? Nemesis?

Mark Miller's Nemesis

Mark Millar's Nemesis

Dubbed the “What If Bruce Wayne Was the Joker” story, Mark Millar’s Nemeis is a Marvel’s imprint Icon Comics original. While many people are complaining at this is incredibly unoriginal and were down right shocked that this wasn’t a DC Elsewhere title – I’m optimistic that Millar (who wrote the Ultimates, The Authority, and Civil War) will pull off something amazing and unique with this title.  I expect this to be as much of a Batman rip-off as Marvelman is a Captain Marvel (Shazam) rip-off. – a well known story retold in an extremely modern way.

Millar’s Take on Icon Comics Nemesis:

Yeah, a lot of people who’ve read it have been coming up with hilarious tag-lines. “What if Batman was The Joker?” is the tame one. “What if Batman was a total cunt?” is maybe my favourite, although it’s hardly going to be an ad. [It’s] is a reversal of the Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark archetype. What if this genius billionaire was just this total shit, and the only thing that stood between him and a city was the cops? It’s Batman versus Commissioner Gordon, in a weird way. Or maybe a super-villain version of “Se7en.” A billionaire anarchist up against ordinary people. The Joker’s the best thing in the Batman movies, so this guy is a bit of an amalgamation of all the stuff we like.

Icon Comics - Nemesis

Icon Comics - Nemesis

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