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
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
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
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