2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Prog 1173 08/12/99

It feels like years since the last appearance of Nemesis the Warlock and perhaps ten since the last book. When we last encountered the characters, it felt as if the thrill had become circular; constantly referring to itself and going over old ground. Still it’s great to see it back, partly because we all know that this is definitely the end.

In Nemesis Book X, Termite, the hollowed out Earth, has at last turned against its chief bigot, Torquemada, and put him on trial for his crimes. However, as Nemesis acknowledges, Torqumada is at his most dangerous when the odds are against him. In this penultimate episode, he escapes by operating on and stealing Nemesis’s Blizspear Seth, intending to detonate a ‘Doomsday Device’. Sounds sinister.

I don’t know what took Pat Mills so long to eventually decide that the saga of Nemesis and his feud with Torquemada was worth ending. Perhaps he spent years thinking that there were many more stories to tell, if he could just think of them, before eventually realising that it wasn’t going to happen. Perhaps he had decided never to write a Nemesis story again but was persuaded by Squaxx Dek Thargo or Tharg himself to revisit character one last time. Or perhaps he’s been so busy that it’s taken him this long to get around to it. Whatever the reason, it’s pleasing to see a classic reach a natural conclusion when so many previous thrills, such as Dan Dare, Halo Jones and Rogue Trooper, remain incomplete.

For the final episode published next week in prog 2000, original artist Kevin O’Neill returns. It will be great to see him back but it will also be a shame considering just how stunning Brother Henry Flint’s work has been on the story up until this point. It’s a super detailed tribute to the original artist which also features bursts of Flint’s own unique flare. It’s not often I say this during this era of fully painted art, but Flint’s work is so great that it couldn’t have been reproduced in anything other than black and white.

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  • Henry Flint really came into his own on Nemesis, and since then has become perhaps the quintessential 2000 AD artist, able to channel the likes of McMahon, O'Neill and Ezquerra all at the same time, whilst very much having his own style. Long may he draw!

    By Blogger alexf, at 11:31 am  

  • Kevin o neils art on the final episode is both fitting and slightly disappointing because of the stunning art of the nine weeks before it

    By Blogger David page, at 11:41 am  

  • Yeah have to argee on the Henry Flint praise. After reading a lot of his stuff recently I made the damned fool statement on the 2000ad boards that he is possibly my favourite 2000ad artist ever. Its these kinda sweeping statements in the sweet afterglow of post reading contentment that can lead to all kinda regrets.

    You know what, I don't regret saying it at all (though I reserve the prerogative is see other artists and change my mind!).

    Nemesis Book X while not Nemesis at its peak is a really fitting conclusion to the saga. Its Epic, Torquemada and Nemesis are suitably vile and it wraps things up enough anarchy and violence to keep everyone happy. Its not perfect by far but I'm damned glad its there.

    By Blogger Colin, at 12:47 pm  

  • Yeah. I was flicking through this week's prog in the shop, Alex, and his art is still brilliant.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:11 pm  

  • Dead on, David.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:11 pm  

  • You're a passionate man, Colin. Sometimes you things in the moment. If people don't like that, then stuff 'em.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:13 pm  

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