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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

My Collection - NEXUS [1985 Series]

Nexus [1985 series]
74 issues [1985 - 1991]
7 - 80

This is the long-running series created by Mike Baron and Steve Rude, a sci-fi adventure book featuring Horatio Hellpop, possessor of the cosmic powers of Nexus but cursed by dreams of mass murder which make him seek out and execute various inter-galactic despots. Along the way he picks up a large supporting cast, including various floating heads, aliens and some weirder things. A fascinating books, with a lot of action, humour and general zaniness, but also a lot of musings on morality, responsibility, the nature of power and other themes.

Published by First, which took over the numbering from the Capital series starting with #7 and running to #80 in 1991 (though Rude didn't draw it after #60), then published by Dark Horse as various mini-series and one-shots (mostly with Rude back on the art) until a few years ago, then was self-published for a few issues by Rude. Early issues are currently being reprinted in hardcover by Dark Horse, and Baron and Rude do occasional short stories.

Like most late 1980s book, I started reading this after it was cancelled, I think after I saw some of Rude's other work. I picked up a few random old issues, but initially the Baron writing didn't excite me. He has a kind of weird style that takes a few consecutive issues to pick up the rhythm and language, with weird gaps in the story and seeming non-sequiturs. Eventually I did, and picked up a whole bunch of issues, first mostly the Steve Rude stuff, but most of the early non-Rude artists are pretty good themselves. When you've got Eric Shanower, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Paul Smith and Adam Hughes among your fill-in artists, can't really complain. Kept buying issues and eventually had a full run.

Because of that weird rhythm of Baron's writing, the random order I read them and the consistently good art, it's hard to pick out highlights. My favourite run is probably #10 - #20, which has some great action as well as choice bits on the major "serious" themes of the series. Also of note, among the non-Rude issues, #30 is one of the few times you'll see Garcia-Lopez artwork outside of DC comics.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:54 pm

    Loved Nexus.

    Found, that when Rude didn't draw it. Barron's writing was not as well fleshed out by the fillin artist.

    Sundra was one of the sexiest female characters in comics.

    Rude's art is always a breath of fresh air compared to almost anyone in the field - this coming from a Neal Adams fanatic.



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