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Nova, Vol. 1: Origin (2013)

by Jeph Loeb(Favorite Author)
3.83 of 5 Votes: 2
0785168389 (ISBN13: 9780785168386)
Nova (Marvel NOW!)
review 1: I enjoyed Nova: Origin, a somewhat simplistic superhero comic with wonderful, sweeping cartoony artwork. Origin collects the first five issues of the new Marvel Comics' series by industry stalwart creative team Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. The duo have collaborated on some of the biggest characters in the genre over the years; here they direct their attention on a lesser-known cosmic character from the Marvel Universe. I had never read a Nova comic book before this collection, making me someone with no prior allegiance to the original Nova, Richard Rider. Here the Nova Corps helmet is passed to a young teenager named Sam Alexander. Loeb does a capable job of coloring both Sam's world and the larger cosmic aspects of the Nova Corps, sort of an interplanetary police force. L... moreoeb's script also do a fairly good job in making this the kind of comic one could hand to a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially this past summer's Guardians of the Galaxy. McGuinness' poppy pencils are always fun to take in and he indulges in some fantastic visuals, especially when the action moves from Earth to outer space. His character designs are pretty fun too, especially his take on Titus the tiger-man villain of the piece. Judging this book based on its' intended audience (young readers and teenagers) I think it's a fairly good if simple take on the teen superhero genre. If some of the aspects of this corner of superherodom are overdone, it doesn't take much away from the fact that Loeb and McGuinness execute well. I wish Nova: Origin had a bit more depth but it's still a decent collection.
review 2: NOVA is a bit of a throwback in that, it is a fun series. Sam Alexander is a teenager who lives with his Mom and younger sister. Sam's alcoholic dad is missing and Sam struggles with the loss as best he can. When Sam finds a black Nova Helmet that has a message for him, he puts the helmet on and his life changes. Gamora and Rocket Raccoon arrive on Sam's doorstep and give him a little training as the new hero deals with his father's legacy.Nova is a fun point-of-view character and a nice window into the cosmic side of the Marvel universe. less
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Knowing very little about the Nova coprps this was a great place to start reading. I enjoyed it.
Not a bad origin story, but not a great one either. With okay art and okay writing.
Surprisingly better than I anticipated.
4 stars for Jeph Loeb? Am I dead?
Not a bad reboot....
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