According to his wife Jaynelle, Steve Rude has finished the pencils for the new Nexus to be featured in Dark Horse Presents starting with issue #12 this May. And get this-- it's forty-two pages! Forty-two pages of Mike Baron story and Steve Rude art. This means it's going to run for a while and then come together in book form at some point.
That's thrilling news for a die-hard Nexus fan like me. Back in 1997 I was pretty sure we'd seen the last of Horation Hellpop, Sundra Peale, Dave, Ursula XX Imada and all the rest-- hundreds of them-- and it truly depressed me. Those were dark times for my favorite titles; just a year before, our beloved Xenozoic Tales faltered and faded away. Nine years later, Rude tried self-publishing. That didn't take and the Dude turned his energies towards fine art and gallery shows. It seemed once again Nexus had gone the way of everything good and fanciful. Because it's all infinite and crisis now. Post-modern irony, graphic violence, massive crossovers full of miserable characters, massive crossovers full of second- and third-hand ideas, crossovers of this, that, and the other. No place for three-legged cyclopes in the South Seas. No place for cucumber trees and oceans of wine. No place for me.
Not that Nexus ever contained cucumber trees or three-legged cyclopes. It never needed them; it has riches aplenty. There are some four-armed aliens, though. So here we are in 2012 and not only is a brand new Nexus story on its way, it's a huge one! The Dude's done it! He's back in comics, which so desperately needs artists like him. And he's brought Baron with him; comics also need writers of his caliber. Isn't it beautiful? It's like a dream come true. It's the dawning of the age of lovely, intimate things.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
I wonder who's inking it. Gary Martin has provided a sympathetic brush on Rude's pencils for a number of years now. I really enjoyed their teamwork on The Moth, which Martin wrote as well. He'd be my first choice. But I'm sure they wouldn't pick some incompetent to replace him if he's not available. I suppose I could go do some Google searching and find out if Martin's coming back...