Nemesis The Warlock #7



NemesisWarlock7Despite allowing renowned artist Kevin O’Neill plenty of pulse-pounding panels within which to depict a truly cataclysmic confrontation between the super-sized ancient automatons Torque-Armada and Mek-Quake, as well as the emotionally-charged distressingly dynamic death of the titular character’s wife Chira on the planet Gandarva, Pat Mills’ penmanship during Issue Seven of “Nemesis The Warlock” almost certainly sags during the reprint’s middle, potentially promoting the feeling that the “leading light in British comics” had inexplicably become somewhat bored in his exploration of the Siege of Ydrasill Castle and simply wanted the Terminator’s assault upon Muzurphus’ fortress finished, so he could concentrate on providing the “extremely powerful warlock” with a suitably dramatic demise; “Within hours, a group of my assassins will… kill them both and… never will revenge have tasted sweeter!”

This sense of listlessness sadly appears to start just as soon as the “symbol of Termight’s glory” fatally explodes having been inadvertently immobilised by the robot, Fire-Raiser, with the “anti-authoritarianism” author rather contrivingly depicting Sir Evric suddenly being all-too willing to come to an agreement with “the Evil One” simply because the commander is “sick with alien fever” and wishes he “wasn’t so old and tired.” Admittedly, the leader “loyal to Torquemada” is clearly unwell, having seen his imperial flag robot turned into “a heap of scrap” along with half his other siege machines and “got a siege engineer who’s going to stab me in the back.” But there’s clearly also still plenty of fire in the aged warrior’s belly as he remonstrates with his “weirdo” son, Balin, over the adolescent impudently challenging him for being “all eaten up with hate and fear of the unknown!”

However, rather than attempt to kill the deviant, the creator of “2000 A.D.” instead has the soldier surprisingly accept his hated foe’s offer to give him the courage to stand up to Torquemada, a chest full of golden treasure, as well as a promise to make him young again, and dutifully raises the siege against the Basilisks so as to return home at once. Needless to say such a bargain does not ultimately go well for “the sinischal” as “the leader of the bigoted human Terminators” is transmogrified into a truly grotesque-looking young male Catoblepas and subsequently “paraded through the tunnels of Termight”, yet it also brings a presumably planet-wide invasion to an abrupt, unsatisfactory end as well…

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For the past forty or so years I have been collecting American comics… To begin with they were predominantly black and white British reprints of “Marvel Comics Group” titles such as “Spider-Man Comics Weekly”, “The Mighty World of Marvel” and “Star Wars Weekly”; all six to ten pence editions I could store away under my bed in a large cardboard box. As a result though I was introduced to the teenage angst of Peter Parker, the discovery of a frozen Captain America by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, witnessed the dreadful rage of Doctor Bruce Banner, and even travelled to a galaxy far far away... Later I would be able to afford actual America colour comic books and supplemented my collection of “Marvel” titles such as “Conan the Barbarian”, “Howard the Duck” and “Captain America” with some “DC Comics” issues of “Batman”, “Green Lantern” and “Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew”. There would even be time for Independent publications such as “Wildcats”, “Spawn” and “The Authority”. These days however I must admit to yearning back to the simpler times of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, back to when both artwork and storylines were straightforward, easy to follow and super-heroes were just starting out on their adventures. A time when no-one had yet to be resurrected from the dead for the fourth time. I've written over seven hundred comic book reviews on my blog over the past few years, with them usually following my latest purchases, all wrapped up in a large brown paper bag, as well as occasional ‘flashbacks’ to some of the classic "Golden Age" issues I already own…

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