Nova #1

7.5 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 7/10

I like that being a hero doesn't ruin his real life. Yet, at least.

Everything important happens on the last page.

Nova #1
Writer: Sean Ryan
Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos
Marvel Unlimited

TWO NOVAS?!?! Sam Alexander’s missing father is finally back and the two are making adventure a family business. With their Nova helmets that enable them to fly and shoot energy beams, they’re policing the Milky Way with their Nova Corps of two. But is everything what it seems? And if that weren’t enough, Sam is also now an Avenger!

Nova #1 is at the same time both entertaining to read, and a bit upsetting. It’s a fun little comic about a kid having a pretty much perfect life. He’s a super hero who tackles the bad guys with his dad, does excellent in school, and even takes time off to have a normal social life. His parents are happy with him, and he’s happy with life. That’s a good read, to a point. The problem with it all is that for the first 20 pages, pretty much nothing happens. Everything is perfect, then there’s a huge twist no one could have seen coming at the end. Literally, the last two panels of the book. And pretty much nothing else matters. You could read the entire book, and it’s pretty good, or you can read the last page, and you’re all caught up. I hate that.

The excuse could be made that the journey is worth it, and I won’t argue that. The art is nice throughout, the backgrounds are detailed and varied. The story is a little too good to be true, but that’s important to the ending, of course. The book is good, I just wish any of it mattered.

This isn’t a strong first issue. It’s got a serious pacing problem and wastes a lot of the reader’s time. It’s funny how reviews come in pairs, sometimes. If you read my take on Black Panther #1 this afternoon, it’s almost the exact opposite of that. Twenty pages of meaningless build up and a twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan at the end is not how to tell a story… Let’s hope the real arch actually gets rolling in issue #2.



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One Comment on "Nova #1"

  1. Brent Mead May 15, 2016 at 4:49 am - Reply

    I would have liked to see a ROM and Nova team up. I suppose it won’t be happening any time soon..

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