Sci-fi on television is tricky. Many times shows do not have a large audience, but they are generally very faithful and very vocal. They respect good writing and originality, and Mike Baron’s Nexus has both.
Set centuries in the future Horatio Hellpop is the son of one of history’s most notorious mass murderers, a general gone mad, although Horatio doesn’t know. After destroying his own planet in an ideological tantrum, he flees with his family to the planet Ylum. Although Horatio isn’t aware of it, he is being influenced by the Merk, an ancient alien that draws its incredible power from the stars themselves.
Eventually the Merk grants Horatio massive powers, but with a horrible catch that he doesn’t realize. Soon he is tormented by dreams and terrible pain. The Merk has designs for the universe, he wants those who are deemed mass murderers dead… and the first person that must die is Horatio’s father. Refuse, and his new powers will tear his body apart.
Nexus has one job. To find and kill the most notorious people in the universe, whether he likes it or not. As he travels, he has some of the most bizarre adventures I’ve seen in a comic. He rescues disembodied living heads from slave traders, befriends alien wrestlers/bounty hunters, meets up with the Badger (its a long story) and most importantly, consistently entertains. He is actually a gentle philosopher who channels Peter Weller’s Buckaroo Bonzai character.
Nexus is funny when you think it will serious and vice versa. The plots are impossible to predict, and legendary artist Steve Rude created visuals that were so impressive that I cannot imagine what a show would be like if they tried to recreate that feel. There has never been anything on television like Nexus.