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Nexus Archives Volume 1 [Hardcover]

Mike Baron , Steve Rude

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Dec 27 2005 Nexus Archives (Book 1)
On the distant moon of Ylum, an enigmatic man is plagued by nightmares. He is forced to dream of the past. He dreams of real-life butchers and tyrants, and what they have done.

And then he finds them, and kills them.

The year is 2841, and this man is Nexus, a godlike figure who acts as judge, jury, and executioner for the vile criminals who appear in his dreams. He claims to kill in self-defense, but why? Where do the visions come from, and where did he get his powers? Though a hero to many, does he have any real moral code? These are but some of the questions that reporter Sundra Peale hopes to have answered.

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (Dec 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593073984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593073985
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 18.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Nexus is Horatio Hellpop, a young man who grew up in isolation after his parents fled to a planet filled with mysterious technology. As he matures, he begins to have unbearable nightmares that drive him to kill mass murderers—of whom this galaxy has an endless supply. A flashback reveals how Nexus's first dream compelled him to kill his own father, and this larger-than-life tale takes off from there. In the present day, reporter/spy Sundra Peale comes to write a story about Nexus, now a godlike but mysterious celebrity, and ends up helping him liberate thousands of decapitated, telepathic heads, collected by the slaver Clausius to power his plans of domination. Space opera at its finest, the initial story line spins off into a dozen other plot threads, fueling this book's original 100-issue run in the '80s and '90s. Baron's sweeping yet quirky stories recall Alfred Bester, Heinlein and Sturgeon. Rude, one of the most accomplished comics artists of his era, captures nuances of tragedy, comedy and everything in between. Although these earliest issues have rocky moments, like those other writer/artist duos Lee/Kirby and Morrison/Quitely, the Baron/Rude team surpasses anything they have done separately, and Nexus is a masterwork deserving the archive treatment. (Dec.)
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From Booklist

Sf-based superhero Nexus was one of the initial successes of the early-1980s independent comics movement. Raised on a distant a moon, Nexus is haunted by dreams of intergalactic mass murderers that become so unbearable that he is compelled to use his godlike powers to seek out and kill the culprits. The first stories of the reluctant vigilante, reprinted here, show how he acquired his dreadful curse and his abilities, and introduce his supporting cast: girlfriend Sundra Peale, trusted friend Dave, and Dave's son, Judah Maccabee. These early efforts by Nexus' then-young creators are a bit rough. Baron's dialogue can be unironically melodramatic, and Rude's style, an amalgam of classic magazine illustration and superheroic dynamism, has yet to acquire its appealing sleekness. But their powerful concept, which propelled the series for two decades, is firmly in place. Despite a loyal cult following, Nexus was never a huge popular favorite. Perhaps this lavish showcase of the character's earliest exploits sets the stage for a revival. Gordon Flagg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ylum's Favorite Son Jan. 5 2006
By Joel R. Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Horatio Hellpop, the man known as Nexus, comes to life in this deluxe hardcover volume collecting the first 7 issues of... well, "Nexus" by Mike Baron and Steve "The Dude" Rude.

The first issues (first published starting in 1981!) are in b&w, the way they were originally printed, but you do get the nice color covers (some are by Paul Gulacy) and then the four-color series kicks in. Along the way Baron's erudite writing style starts to flow and the Dude's art coalesces into something resembling his gorgeous mature work. These are two creators in their formative days coming together to tell the thrilling, philosophical and sometimes hilarious stories of Nexus as he wrestles with his destiny as a man doomed forever to kill mass murderers.

You'll meet Nexus himself, then watch as he pursues killer freaks like Zeiffer Meird and the decapitation-obsessed Clausius. As the story progresses, Nexus encounters the reporter Sundra Peale, who will become his lover, and then the nefarious and compelling Ursula X.X. Imada (plus he learns what the X's stand for). It's a sci-fi superhero tale that quotes William Blake and visually references everything from Dr. Seuss to "Star Trek." All those influences (Baron lists a few in his intro), and yet it's like nothing else.

"Nexus" was one of the indie greats of the 80s, and some of these stories were later retold more fluently by Baron and Rude, but it's worth it to have them in their original, somewhat rougher, form. Wonderful work that only improves along the way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic March 4 2006
By Chaoschimp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For anyone interested in amazing art and well-written storylines, go no further. Nexus is a joy to read, and very easy on the eyes. I originally read these quite a few years back, and I am hoping that I am not speaking through nostalgia, but i think that the stories hold up quite well. I am sorta amazed that these books are not hallowed amongst some of the best stuff that came out in the 80's. Perhaps that it was not a Marvel or DC title, i don't know. I would put Nexus, specifically the Steve Rude issues, in my top 20 comics of all time. Anyhow, I would be quite surprised to find a comic reader who would not enjoy these stories. Take a chance, you will most likely be very pleased.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rise of a Master Craftsman July 18 2007
By David Keith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've long been a fan of Steve Rude, but haven't read all that much of Nexus. So, it's pretty overdue for me to begin reading Nexus from the beginning. This book began over 20 years ago, and it's held up surprisingly well. This volume starts off with a few black and white issues and end with the last half in color. Rude's artwork blossoms in this volume, and he is truly one of our best living comic illustrators. He's got a keen eye for amazing composition, characterization and clean and clear sequential style. His artwork is a cocktail of the best of Curt Swan, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby and Sal Buscema, and Rude holds his own in this esteemed company. Mike Baron's story is engaging and timeless, a SciFi adventure for the ages. Nice volume from Dark Horse. The color seems old fashioned by todays comic book standards of computerized color, but seems to be a good reproduction of the original. Highly Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic presentation of a fantastic series Dec 31 2005
By T. J. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Baron and Rude's Nexus remains one of the best science fiction/superhero series ever done and Dark Horse gives it the treatment it richly deserves in this classy archives format. To their credit, they've allowed the three black-and-white issues to remain in black-and-white rather than coloring them, allowing the reader to experience the artwork in as close as possible to its original presentation. The only thing lacking is the classic flexi-disc that was packaged with issue 3, featuring an audio dramatization of that issue's story and with the "unforgettable" Nexus theme song.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best In Science Fiction and Sequential Literature. Jan. 13 2006
By Michael F. Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's time, once more, for the daring character
play of NEXUS. The gripping saga of a noble
executioner, and the lives his activities
transform, is entering its 25th anniversary
this year. With the star-spanning, soul-
searching creations of writer Mike Baron
and illustrator Steve Rude set to enter a
new phase of their lives, there's no better
time for a handsome hardbound series of
archives to collect the original exploits
of Horatio Hellpop, Sundra Peale, Dave,
Judah, Tyrone, Ursula and all the rest who
comprise this stunning tale of tragedy,
laughter, power, ambition, and humble
affection yearning to breathe free.

Dark Horse Comics, the intrepid company
which was the third to feature the award-
winning Science Fiction chronicle, has
just issued the first volume of the NEXUS
ARCHIVES. Even if you're one of the few
to own those rare Capital Comics issues,
or the equally rare Graphitti collection
of Capital's original Black and White
debut, this Dark Horse hardcover is a
special treat all its own.
Collecting the Black & White debut &
origin of the philosopher slayer and his
myriad world, the NEXUS ARCHIVES gathers
the first four color issues of the Capital
run, and unveils the first master schemings
of one of the most compellingly evil villians
ever conceived for Fiction; one who will
manipulate anyone -even her own body- to
further her own vested ends.

The ARCHIVES is invaluable in providing a
look at the beginnings of one of the finest
teams to grace the Sequential Arts. From the
start, Baron's ability to imbue ruthlessness
with beguiling charm, tenderness with a tough
edge, and communicate camraderie and commitment
with something as simple as a cookout, or a
shared touch, has made him one of the great
writers of the past 25 years. Baron's
handling of plot and dialogue commands
the incisive candor of a playwright's
grasp.
No less the genius, Rude's fine lines convey
a wealth of diversity in body language and
emotional insistency which none surpass.
Only George Pérez and Wendy Pini match his
capacity for broad cinematic scope. As is the
case with ELFQUEST's Pini, Rude's frequent
use of painted portrait to convey the varied
levels of narrative is captivating and eye-
popping, presaging today's much-plaudited
work from brushmaster Alex Ross.

The essays written by Baron and Rude for
this collection are a treat in themselves,
providing a glimpse into the very stuff of
aesthetic integrity, the flimsy nature of
industrial whim, and a touching exchange
of staunch respect and abiding friendship
which has made their business endeavors
all the more rewarding.

As kicking as the multifaceted character
of NEXUS himself happens to be, the
rich tapestry of supporting characters
marks this chronicle as a wonderfully
precious, deeply involving, highly
ethical storyline. Male, Female, Alien:
All have a story.
Here, a political spy can become a dynamic
figure of courage and honesty, and a factory
manager stands revealed as a healing counselor.
A cynical refugee can become a caring political
leader, and an ambassador can stand revealed
as a fiendishly polarizing force.
In a tale where a killer has the heart of an
innocent and the soul of a poet, all things are
possible.

If you have been with NEXUS over the past
twenty-five years, consider this collection a
special monument to the resilience of great Art,
and the healthy interest of a sharp, searching
readership.
If you have never read NEXUS, and wonder what
all the shouting is about, I heartily encourage
you to acquire this collection, and enter the
start of a particularly special voyage.

You want Comix that give a damn, and have
something to say with thought and feeling?
Here you are.

Great literature doesn't get any better
than this.

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