Nova #1

by Tori B. on February 20, 2013

We have a new Nova in Sam Alexander, and while he’s no Richard Rider, Jeph Loeb clearly has big plans for the youngin’ as he picks up the helm as our new Nova. With the potential to now take a story absolutely anywhere, it’s a story with great space adventures, but it also seems to be turning into a great coming of age story.
Writer: Joeph Loeb | Artists: Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, & Marte Gracia
Cover: McGuinness, Vines, & Gracia | Publisher: Marvel
There’s already been a little bit of hype for the newest Nova to hit the Corps, making his first appearance in the summer event of AvX, as he brings warning of the Phoenix force to Earth. What’s interesting is that the Nova we see in AvX is mostly adapted into his role as Nova—being able to travel through space at hyperspeed to get to Earth though while not perfect (his entrance into Earth, rather shaky), certainly impressive. Even in Point One he’s already saved the Earth twice and battling this rugged baddie, Diamondhead, and he comes out on top. Now here we are into Nova #1 and he’s none of that. He’s just that teenager who thinks the stories he’s been told are stupid and maybe his dad (who was a Nova, now a custodial engineer) should get his life together and stop making up stories of an impossible time when he did fantastical things.
The hype was a really great draw in, into the Nova now, because at least we know a pretty interesting Nova is coming, even If the first issue hasn’t reached that level of greatness yet. Nova currently seems like a really great starting point for younger readers, or anyone who’s interested in more coming of age stories. Right now, Sam Alexander is an angsty teenager who is unimpressed with the life his dad is living, and hates the town he’s living in. His dad tells stories of talking raccoons and lady assassins as if they were non-fiction and Sam’s sick of it. On what planet could a janitor of a high school (who barely does his job half the time and is an alcoholic) actually fight in space with estranged species and be what was deemable as one of the best Novas there was—that’s movie stuff, not real life. Sam just has a crummy life in a crummy town. This plot is without a doubt the premise of a grand story as Sam gains his powers and learns to use and control them.
There is a little bit of something for everyone though, even if you’re not totally into coming of age stories or angsty teenagers, as Sam’s dad retells his glory days, there are awesome spreads depicting the action in space. Honestly, McGuinness and co. have some phenomenal work and spreads of space depiction and it’s going to be incredibly exciting to see some more of space as Sam grows into his role as Nova, but for now, it’s a great balance between the two.

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