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Entry updated 16 September 2021. Tagged: Comics, Publication.

US Comic-book series (1981-2009), 102 issues, published first by Capital Comics and later by First Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Rude Dude Productions, created by writer Mike Baron and artist Steve Rude. Set in the twenty-fifth century, when Earth is the political hub of the interstellar society known as the Cohesive Web and humanity just one of many intelligent races, the comic had as title character a Superpowered agent of vengeance, driven to kill tyrants and criminals by targeting them with dreams. Nexus explored the moral ambiguity of execution and the often logical motivations behind the atrocities of those killed by the hero; but it also had a lighter side, much humour deriving from Nexus's problems in dealing with his homeworld, Ylum. Nexus began with three black-and-white, magazine-sized issues in 1981, then started over with a new number one issue in 1983, which changed to colour with #4. After Capital ceased publishing its comic-book line, the title was picked up by First Comics from #7 in 1985. Declining sales – partly due to long absences by Rude and the poor reception given to the fill-in artists – led to Nexus's temporary demise in 1991. It was quickly resurrected by Dark Horse Comics in 1992, which continued the series in sporadic releases through 2007. Rude formed his own company, Rude Dude Productions, to publish the most recent four issues, ending in 2009. First Comics published reprints of #1-#26; Dark Horse published 11 hardcover volumes of Nexus Archives, reprinting the series through its 73rd issue. Spin-offs have been Nexus Legends (4 issues 1989-1991), the one-shot Nexus Files; and Nexus the Liberator (4 issues 1992). The series also frequently crossed over with another Baron creation, The Badger, about a martial-arts Superhero with multiple-personality disorder (see Psychology), which itself frequently touched upon sf and fantasy topics, though mostly for use in Satire. [RH/JP]

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