Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thoughts On The Direction of Nova(s)

As the story of Sam has been moving along, and especially with the Original Sin tie-ins, I'm thinking my original thoughts of what Marvel is doing with Nova still hold up.

I honestly believe Marvel has been planning a Nova franchise from the beginning. Now, it can be argued that it could have been handled better or done differently but I think the plan was a franchise all along.

Given the success of Green Lantern and its franchise of titles, movies, tv appearances, etc., it stands to reason that Marvel would want to duplicate that with something of their own. And they knew they had it in Nova.

In my mind (warped as it may be), the plan went/goes something like this:

* Take Rich off the board. Otherwise a new Nova would not be accepted by new or old readers because we'd be reading Rich's title and wouldn't give a second Nova a look. At least DnA were able to give Rich a fantastic send off. A true hero's farewell. This is a HUGE gamble because the old readers may not give the new Nova a chance and not come back when the franchise plan is revealed with Rich's return.

* Aim the new Nova at a younger demographic than Rich's. Give new readers a new Nova one that's not tied to Rich's incredible legacy so tightly that the new readers feel lost and don't have a character of their own to follow. The only misfire in this has been Sam's school life is way too close to Rich Rider's (Mike Burley - Karl Moffet, Carrie - Ginger Jaye, etc.). His home life has been different enough from Rich's to make Sam stand on his own, though.

* Give the new Nova something different than just being a new Nova. Otherwise, it's just a reboot of Rich. The back story of the Black Novas, Sam not being Rich's successor but his father's, along with the powers coming from the helmet and not from his body has made Sam an interesting Nova (or Black Nova) so far.

* Give the new Nova enough time to develop his own fan base to sustain his title when the franchise is launched. It's been over a year and a half and the sales are slipping but not free falling at this point. It's somewhat steady right now.

* Return Rich Rider to a lot of fanfare and a new title! Rich will be in two issues of Guardians of the Galaxy (#18 & #19) and written by a big name writer. So it will be noticed by fans of comics. It is also coming at the perfect time as the GotG movie will be in theaters when #18 comes out. The movie also just happens to feature the Nova Corps, Rhomann Dey and Xandar! So interest in Nova from the general public will be heightened. And most of them will remember Nova as Rich Rider from when they were younger.

* Given Rich Rider a title (Nova Prime) and make it different than Sam's. Sam's book could be more Earth-centered with occasional space stories and Rich's book could be more space-centered with occasional returns to Earth. Sam's could still be targeted for young readers (and viewers of the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series) and Rich's could be more for the adult readers with harder sci-fi elements.

* Allow for crossovers with the two titles with Rich as a mentor to Sam but with Rich still being able to learn a thing or two from Sam. Rich could be a great teacher and maybe even over-protective of Sam as he sees a lot of similarities in Sam from when he was that age. Sam could be a good student as he knows of Rich's legacy and wants to be better. Sam also might even be too eager to prove himself to Rich which leads to situations.

Anyway, that's what I think Marvel has in mind. I hope I'm right! :)


New NPP Mobile App Available....again :)

Due to the limited options on the NPP App (meaning it wasn't a very good app), I've built a new app with a different provider. It's pretty basic at this point but it at least has the capability to be more, and will be, in the future.

You can download it for free on Google Play at:


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

EXCLUSIVE Preview for Nova #10!

Marvel has given the Nova Prime Page an EXCLUSIVE preview of the covers and preview pages from Nova #100/#10!

The issue is written by Zeb Wells and Gerry Duggan with art by Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi and David Lopez. This landmark issue also has a number of variant covers available based on retailer orders!

Nova #10 is scheduled to be released on November 27th. Make sure to reserve your copy today!

Preview

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Mobile App Available!

A new version of the Nova Prime Page mobile app is now available!

It can be downloaded at this link:

http://www.appcatch.com/app_nova_prime-438719.html 

or at the Google Play Store later today!




Friday, March 1, 2013

Theory On Sam Alexander's Origin

I have a theory on Sam Alexander's origin. I'll admit this is probably wrong but I'm going to throw it out there.

I think Sam's "universe" is a pocket reality created by Rich Rider. Here's some of my thinking:

1) The very first page of Nova #1 show a small globe out in space with the following page showing a light bursting from it. I think that globe is the pocket universe created by Rich using the Cosmic Cube that was present in his showdown with Thanos. Not sure whether it was on purpose by Rich or he was captured in the cube by Thanos.

2) However, in the Thanos Imperative, it was stated that the cube that Peter had was fractured. This could have resulted in a fracturing of Rich's psyche and different aspects of himself are now different people and elements in the Sam's universe.

3. The elements of Sam's origin are so close to Rich's that it could be that Sam is the pure original Rich replaying itself in the alternate reality. We have new versions of Mike Burley and Ginger Jaye (in the Ginger form we saw in Nova Annual #1) in the forms of Moffet and Carrie. Sam's dad works for the school. Rich's dad also worked for a school as a principal.

4. Rich was in the hospital for three days after getting the Nova Force. Sam was also in the hospital for three days.

5. Sam's father, Jesse, gave up being a Nova to be on Earth 17 years ago. Rich was 17 when he got the Nova powers. Jesse could be the Annihilation warrior aspect of Rich that had grown weary of fighting wars all the time. In this Rich-created psyche universe, the tired warrior went back to Earth to "give birth" to Sam, the innocent part of Rich's life.

6. Gamora and Rocket Raccoon could be part of Rich's psyche that is trying to get Sam and Jesse together to reform Rich into a whole person again. The fractures are the "errors" that say the GotG were together 17 years ago even though they were formed during DnA's run. And it could be why the two characters sought out Sam to talk about Jesse.

7. The Black Novas could be the part of Rich's mind that was afraid of becoming Supernova without the WorldMind. He didn't have the WM at the end of Thanos Imperative. Sam himself even called the Black Novas "Supernovas".

8. If you take the star chart from the Thanos Sourcebook and overlay it with the star map in Jesse Alexander's garage room, the two line up. The main galaxy is the Shi'Ar Galaxy and the smaller galaxy on the right side is the Kree Galaxy (you'll also notice that Kree? is written on Jesse's blackboard along with Titan and Xandar). Both galaxies overlay with the handbook's map with the Fault dead center on Jesse's center triangulation point. Also, he has a Nova Prime Starship model hanging from the ceiling. If the Black Novas didn't like the normal Nova Corps (gold domes) and had their own star-shaped spaceships, why would he have a model of the Nova Prime Starship around?

9. Plus, in AvX #12, the Phoenix said that Sam didn't belong here (assuming he meant this universe).

Just a theory. And no, I didn't eat paint chips as a kid. :)

Doug

Friday, February 15, 2013

Rocket Boosters: The Collected Edition


ROCKET BOOSTERS: THE COLLECTED EDITION is now available for ordering for a limited time only!

RB:TCE is a magazine-sized paperback book collecting both issues of the Rocket Boosters fanzine.

The price is around $42 with the book printed in full color at 185 pages. I should also note that this is at cost. No profit for me whatsoever.

If anyone is interested in buying one, I'd highly recommend checking online for coupon codes for lulu.com before ordering. You might be able to save 10% or get free shipping or other discounts depending on what they have available at the time.

It can be ordered at:

http://www.novaprimepage.com/fanzine.asp

or directly at:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/doug-smith/rocket-boosters-the-collected-edition-paperback/paperback/product-20649020.html


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sam Alexander Nova

With the new Nova series starting next week, I have to say that I'm very interested to see where it goes.

The short stories we've seen in the Point One specials and the little we saw in AvX have indicated that there is a big mystery in Sam and his link to the Nova Corps.

So they have hooked me for at least the first year of stories.

My biggest hope is that the first arc will get Sam his own fan base. Following the origin, I'd like to see a crossover with GotG as they search for Richard Rider. With Rich's return, a second Nova series could be launched (and if there is any true justice, it would be written by DnA) and thus Marvel would have the start of a Nova franchise.

I know there are a number of Nova fans calling for a boycott of the new series so that Marvel will bring back Nova. My opinion is that those kind of efforts don't work. Just ask the psychos who were part of HEAT. They hated Kyle Rayner since he replaced Hal Jordan as Green Lantern. And I'm sure they still believe they were the ones who got Hal back.

The HEAT nutjobs were morons. Kyle was around for 10 years before Hal came back. And even then, Kyle is still around with Guy and John as GLs. The only reason Hal was brought back was because Geoff Johns wanted him back and he had the clout at DC to make it happen.

Same with his efforts on Barry Allen Flash. Wally West had been Flash for 20 years until Johns wanted Barry back.

Had absolutely nothing to do with the fans screaming with pitch forks.

For me, expanding the Nova universe is a great opportunity. With any luck, Richard Rider will be brought back to be part of a whole brighter bigger future.