Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Nexus #5 (January 1983)

I RECENTLY unearthed this gem as I'm going through a "Nexus-fucking-crazy" phase. Mike Baron's star-swept tale of an intergalactic avenger driven to execute mass murderers is an easy-to-read, rollicking, surprisingly lighthearted read (considering the at-times grim subject matter). Steve Rude's art was superb even during this early part of his career.

This wrestling-themed back-up tale, The Hammer, looks at the pre-avenging career of Nexus' friend and ally, Judah Maccabee. Seems Judah was a pro-wrestler. In this amusing, fluffy piece, Judah takes on Black Death McGee for the Super Heavyweight Championship while at the same time attempting "to bake his prize-winning salmon souffle between rounds".
Naturally, McGee is tougher competition than Judah expects, but the souffle unexpectedly comes in handy as a foreign object.
Silly stuff, but it suits the feel of Nexus. Great comic by the way...I'm gonna have to buy all of the back issues.

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