This is the season of giving that keeps on giving... to little old me! But also to you, the savvy comic book fan and possessor of fine taste in illustrated literature. First came word Boom! Studios is reprinting Terror on the Planet of the Apes and now some even better news: Mike Baron and Steve Rude are working on a new Nexus story for Dark Horse Presents.
Not only does this mark Steve Rude's return to sequential comics-- long overdue, since he actually attempted to break back into the business on at least one occasion last year-- but it's a new story starring Horatio Hellpop and his cast of thousands. Nexus is my favorite hero of all and I was disappointed when Dark Horse's previous Nexus series ended and Rude's attempt to self-publish fizzled. The Nexus universe is full of memorable characters-- Judah Maccabee, the happy-go-lucky avenger/pro wrestler/chef and lover of many women; Sundra Peale, Nexus's own lover, former spy, ace business-person and mother of his child; and Ursula X.X. Imada, the ultimate "dragon lady" with surprising depth. She's the iron-fisted ruler of the planet Procyon and also the loving mother of Nexus's other children.
There are hundreds more, some funny, some menacing, all richly written by Baron and gorgeously drawn by Rude. I have to salute Dark Horse for publishing the series, returning the ownership of the characters to Baron and Rude and also keeping the title alive with their lavish hardcover Nexus Archives books.
More Nexus in 2012! Rude doing comics again!