Prog 1173 08/12/99
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.