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NexusNightmare in Blue - Issue #4 (October 1997).
Nightmare in Blue - Issue
#4 (October 1997).

Nexus is an American comic book series created by writer Mike Baron and penciler Steve Rude in 1981. The series is a combination of the superhero and science fiction genres, set 500 years in the future. Image File history File links Nexuscomic. ... Image File history File links Nexuscomic. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Mike Baron is the creator of comic books Badger and (along with Steve Rude) Nexus. ... In producing a comic book, the penciller (or penciler) draws the comic based on the script created by the writer. ... Nexus Nightmare in Blue - Issue #4 (October 1997). ... [[ For the bands, see Superheroes (band) and Super Heroines. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


Horatio Hellpop

The lead character, Horatio Valdemar Hellpop, received his powers as Nexus from an alien entity called the Merk. As payment, the Merk required Nexus to seek out and kill a certain quantity of human mass murderers per "cycle". When the Merk selected a target, Nexus would receive strong headaches and maddeningly anguished dreams of his target's victims until he did his duty. Horatio was reluctant to act as the Merk's tool, but continued seeking out mass murderers to maintain his power and his sanity so that be could defend his homeworld, the lunar refuge of Ylum (pronounced "eye-lum"). Mass murder (massacre) is the act of murdering a large number of people, typically at the same time, or over a relatively short period of time. ... Lunar may refer to: an adjective that means having to do with or pertaining to the Moon, or to moons in general. ...

Horatio's father Theodore was a communist general and ruler of the planet Vradic. A religious uprising led by his brother-in-law threatened to overthrow the Sov government, which he had been ordered to uphold "at all costs". General Hellpop chose to detonate a bomb and destroy the planet, killing ten million people, then piloted his escape capsule into a black hole. Surprisingly it was a wormhole which ejected them near Ylum, where Horatio soon was born. Communism is an ideology that seeks to establish a classless, stateless social organization based on common ownership of the means of production. ... Analogy to a wormhole in a curved 2D space (see Embedding Diagram) Artists impression of a wormhole as seen by an observer crossing the event horizon of a Schwarzschild wormhole, which is similar to a Schwarzschild black hole but with the singularity replaced by an unstable path to a...

As Horatio grew up, the Merk influenced him through apparently imaginary friends named Alph and Beta. However, when Horatio's mother died becoming lost in the tunnels of the planet, Horatio blamed them for her death and killed them in the first use of his power. Shortly afterward, Horatio began to dream about his father's crimes which caused inescapable torment. In this agony, Alph and Beta mysteriously appeared to reveal the duties of Nexus necessary to end the ordeal: the execution of his own father.

Left alone for two years, Horatio began to dream of the murderous oppressors of the Thunes, led by the Manager, and set out to deal with them in costume as Nexus for the first time. After the execution was carried out, Nexus agreed to take the Thune prisoners to Ylum to protect them from reprisals and the birth of the planet as an asylum was born with the Thune prisoner, Dave, becoming both senior manager and a close confidant of Horatio.

Nexus would often find himself in the painful position of assassinating someone who had repented their former days of infamy, and desired only to be left alone with their guilt. Several of his targets were completely ignorant that their short-sighted actions had inadvertently caused the deaths of others. For the most part, however, his targets were unrepentant murderers, a number of whom had enslaved or otherwise taken advantage of their victims before causing their deaths, thus allowing Nexus to execute them with a clear conscience.

Stylistic Influence

Both Baron and Rude pay homage to Space Ghost in their work on Nexus, including use of the battle cry "This calls for hyperspeed!" Jan, Jayce, and Blip have several uncredited cameos in the background. Rude was later hired to create a Space Ghost comic for Comico with writer Mark Evanier. Space Ghost was one-half of the animated television series Space Ghost and Dino Boy created by Hanna-Barbera Productions; it first aired on September 10, 1966. ... Comico - The Comic Company was an American comic book company, headquartered in Norristown, Pennsylvania. ... Mark Evanier (born March 2, 1952 in Santa Monica, California) is an American writer. ...

Steve Rude has cited a number of influences on his clean, distinctive style, including the Space Ghost character designs and other work by Alex Toth, and commercial illustrators of the 1940s and 1950s, particularly Andrew Loomis. Space Ghost, one of Toth’s most famous designs. ... Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) was an illustrator from the United States who is best remembered now for a series of art instruction books that continues to influence realist artists, though they are in 2004 all out of print, except for some excerpts available from the art publisher Walter Foster. ...

Baron's Nexus stories responded to the world he was writing in; competing merchants overwhelm media channels (and telepathy) with advertising. A great computerized library, perhaps presaging the Internet, controls the universe's memory of history. However, some of his early 1980s references have become outdated, such as the menacing Sov empire. Telepathy, from the Greek τῆλε, tele, remote; and πάθεια, patheia, to be effected by, describes the hypothetical transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses. ... Commercialism redirects here. ... Soviet redirects here. ...


The superpower of the Nexus universe, fusionkasting, psionically draws energy from the cores of stars (or other large sources on rare occasions). Many innate fusionkasters (the Merk and the Heads) can bestow their potential upon other individuals. This transference is said to fade over distance, but fusionkasters have been shown hundreds of light years from their sources with little decline in power. However, the link apparently cannot cross into other dimensions. Psionics is a term used mostly in fiction and games to denote a variety of paranormal psychic abilities. ... A light-year or lightyear (symbol: ly) is a unit of measurement of length, specifically the distance light travels in vacuum in one year. ... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ...

Most fusionkasters possess the abilities of flight, energy beam projection that can be directionally controlled as desired, and force fields (which can provide invulnerability to sufficiently powerful wielders). Super strength, telekinesis, and/or various degrees of telepathy are also common. Only Nexus and Plexus have demonstrated a substantially wider range of applications, including energy absorption, matter creation, transmutation, and teleportation. Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ... Teleportation is the movement of objects or elementary particles from one place to another, more or less instantaneously, without traveling through space. ...

The Nexus Universe

  • The Merk were a race of titan-like First Ones who established an interstellar civilization thousands or millions of years ago, and created the role of Nexus. Many (or all) Merk possessed powerful fusionkasting. Most of them have departed our galaxy to points unknown; the few who remain (including Ylum's eponymous Merk) may or may not be typical of their race.
  • Ylum is Horatio's home, a moon in a distant solar system with a burgeoning population of immigrants. It has a substantial network of underground tunnels and Merk ruins.
  • The Cohesive Web is the largest human government, some form of federation or republic with its capital on Earth. Many of the Web's agencies have used unethical means in their efforts to obtain new energy sources.
  • Thunes are an intelligent ape-like race. The Thunes were formerly enslaved by a human dictator called The Manager, who became the target of Horatio's first public execution.
  • Quatros are a brutal cyclopean race named for their four arms. They are superhumanly strong and quick. Very few Quatros are sufficiently civilized to live amongst other beings without bloodshed.
  • Heads are decapitated sentients who gained limited telekinetic powers in the process. Slavers and unscrupulous governments have created perhaps millions of Heads for use as energy generators. Individual Heads are somewhat more powerful than most humanoid races, and tens of thousands of Heads linked together (voluntarily or otherwise) can reach power levels comparable to Nexus.
  • Headworld is Ylum's formerly uninhabited twin, now home to the many Heads who have been freed by Nexus or Judah. It contains ruins almost identical to Ylum, but in a greater state of disrepair.
  • The Sov empire is an oppressive communist regime based on the Brezhnev-era Soviet Union.
  • The Gucci (etymology unknown but probably related to Gucci fashion) are a multiracial organization of assassins for hire with a strict code of conduct. Their homeworld has a space elevator and a damping field which blocks all forms of power, including fusionkasting.
  • Alvinites are followers of a popular religion with rituals similar to those of mainstream Christianity. However, Alvinite tenets are left unspecified in the story.
  • Elvonics are followers a neo-luddite religion which is not averse to stealing other people's technology for use in their holy missions. Alvin and Elvon were separate individuals who arose nearly simultaneously; each church believes that the other impugns its good name.

The First Ones is the collective name of a group of aliens from the television science fiction drama Babylon 5. ... Map of the world with countries colored according to their immigrant population as a percentage of total population: Immigration is the movement of people from one nation-state to another. ... A map displaying todays federations. ... in particular, for the archaizing senses of republic, as a translation of politeia or res publica Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A republic is a form of government maintained by a state or country whose sovereignty is based on consent of the governed... Families Hylobatidae Hominidae †Proconsulidae †Dryopithecidae †Oreopithecidae Apes are the members of the Hominoidea superfamily of primates, which includes humans. ... Decapitated are a technical death metal band from Poland; their style places them towards the more extreme and technical side of that genre. ... Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (Russian: , Leonid Ilič Brežnev) December 19, 1906 [O.S. December 19, 1906] – November 10, 1982) was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (and thus de facto ruler of the USSR) from 1964 to 1982, serving in that position longer than anyone... The House of Gucci, better known as simply Gucci, is an Italian iconic fashion and leather goods label. ... A space elevator would consist of a cable anchored to the Earths surface, reaching into space. ... The term Luddite is a political/historical term relating to a political movement during the Industrial Revolution; currently it is primarily used as a pejorative, describing those perceived as being uncompromisingly or unnecessarily opposed to technological innovations. ...

Supporting Characters

  • Dave is a wise elderly Thune who convinced Nexus to open Ylum as a haven for political refugees.
  • Judah Maccabee, alias The Hammer of God, is Dave's brash son, a skilled martial artist and freelance adjudicator. He receives fusionkasting from a group of Heads in exchange for his services, and has an indestructible sword which absorbs energy and amplifies his power.
  • Sundra Peale is a human spy from Mars who became Horatio's lover.
  • Ursula XX Imada is a high official in the Cohesive Web and the master spy who commanded Sundra. She is skilled in many fields of study and possesses partial mind control effective on most males. She seduced Horatio and bore twin daughters, Sheena and Scarlett, who are unskilled but powerful innate fusionkasters.
  • Clausius is a dastardly slaver who commanded hundreds of thousands of beheadings. Nexus has battled him several times, although as a non-human he is not subject to the Merk's bane.
  • Jacques Bravo, alias The Anvil, a rotund wrestler and poetaster who appears sporadically as a foil to Judah.
  • Brother Lathe is Horatio's uncle and a high-ranking priest of Elvon. Lathe has caused great trouble for Horatio, who is loath to harm his only living forebear.
  • Kreed and Sinclair are Quatro Gucci assassins. They are masters of all forms of physical combat, undefeated in battle except against powerful fusionkasters (Nexus and Judah). They moved to Ylum and pledged allegiance to Nexus.
  • Mezzrow is a young alien who came to Ylum and later started a band. He is a friend of Horatio and Sundra.
  • Plexus is an brown-skinned anti-Nexus from Nexus: Executioner's Song #3. He was also a fusionkaster and had his own Merk sponsor. He represented mercy and rehabilitation.
  • Clonezone is a comedian Lizigator who claims to have killed with a joke. He is a friend of Horatio and Judah.
  • Tyrone, an early member of Horatio's refugees. He has risen to the highest elected office of Ylum, but he has a penchant for ruthlessly violent methods despite Horatio's disapproval.

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Publication history

The series debuted as a three-issue black and white miniseries, followed by an eighty-issue ongoing full-color series. The black and white issues and the first six color issues were published by Capital Comics; after Capital's demise, First Comics took over publication. First Comics was an American publisher of comic books. ...

In addition to the ongoing series, First reprinted the original miniseries as a graphic novel and later reprinted the first two years of the ongoing series in the Nexus Legends series. The ongoing series was also supplemented by The Next Nexus, a four-issue miniseries that followed Nexus #52. Following the conclusion of the ongoing series with #80 (May 91) published by First, seven semi-annual miniseries were produced by Baron and Rude. These were published by First Comics and later by Dark Horse Comics. Many of these series were given dual numbers to continue from issue #80 (in some cases retroactively). The last of these was printed in black and white as a cost-cutting measure, and the various Nexus series were eventually discontinued due to low sales. Baron and Rude have discussed plans to revive the series or release a movie, possibly in an animated form. A brief animated test clip has been shown at comics conventions. Steve Rude announced plans on his message board January 2006 to self-publish a new Nexus comic series. The first issue of the new series, numbered Nexus #99 was published in July 2007. Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Dark Horse Comics Hardcover archive editions This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • Nexus Archives, v1 (ISBN 1-59307-398-4, reprints Nexus #1-3, v2 #1-4)
  • Nexus Archives, v2 (ISBN 1-59307-455-7, reprints Nexus v2 #5-11)
  • Nexus Archives, v3 (ISBN 1-59307-495-6, reprints Nexus v2 #12-18)
  • Nexus Archives, v4 (ISBN 1-59307-583-9, reprints Nexus v2 #19-25)
  • Nexus Archives, v5 (ISBN 1-59307-584-7, reprints Nexus v2 #26-32)
  • Nexus Archives, v6 (ISBN 1-59307-791-2, reprints Nexus v2 #33-39)

The Badger, another Mike Baron character who was also published by First Comics, made several guest appearances in the pages of Nexus. The series also crossed over with Badger and several other First series (American Flagg!, GrimJack, Jon Sable: Freelance, Whisper and Dreadstar) during the First Comics miniseries Crossroads. Following the switch from First to Dark Horse, Nexus crossed over with Madman (Nexus Meets Madman) and Magnus Robot Fighter (Magnus Robot Fighter/Nexus). The Badger was a comic book series created by writer Mike Baron in 1982. ... In comic books, an intercompany crossover (also called cross-company or company crossover) is a comic or series of comics where characters published by one company meet those published by another (for example, DC Comics Superman meeting Marvels Spider-Man). ... American Flagg! is a comic book written by Howard Chaykin and published by First Comics in the 1980s. ... GrimJack is the main character of a comic book published by First Comics. ... First Comics was an American publisher of comic books. ... Dreadstar was the first comic published by Epic Comics, in 1982. ... Crossroads was a five issue limited series making use of various First Comics published characters. ... Madman is a comic book series set in one of the many parallel worlds existing in the Multiverse. ... Cover to Magnus, Robot Fighter #0, 1992. ...


A 2-minute promo for an animated series was made in 2004: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431939/combined

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