Monday, December 2, 2019

Annihilation Scourge Alpha Review

Annihilation Scourge is the latest in the Annihilation Saga which began with the original Annihilation in 2006. This was followed up be a series of events (Annihilation Conquest, War of Kings, Thanos Imperative along with Nova's 2007 and 2016 series) with the consequences of one leading into the other.

The first issue of this new event begins with the Alpha issue. An excellent issue which picks up after the Nova 2016 series with the Cancerverse invading the Negative Zone. It's a terrific reversal to the original Annihilation series. In the original, Annihilus invaded the Marvel Universe and destroyed Xandar. In Alpha, Annihilus's Negative Zone is invaded by the universe now controlled by Xandar's WorldMind (although the WM has yet to be seen).

It's very clear that writer Matthew Rosenberg has done his homework on Nova and the comic events leading up to this point. I'm definitely looking forward to Rosenberg's Annihilation Scourge: Nova and Annihilation Scourge Omega books in the next few weeks!

The art is a bit dark and I'm not sure if that's on the inker or the colorist. However, given the story and the mood of the story, it works well.

The selection of the main villain (SPOILER AHEAD) caught me off-guard. Sentry isn't a character I'm too familiar with. After reading the issue, I did go research him a bit. The fact that Sentry's alter ego, the Void, is most powerful in the Negative Zone, it made more sense to me that he is leading the invasion.

However, I also have to wonder if the WorldMind isn't in control of Sentry/Void and using him as a host in order to lead the invasion as revenge on Annihilus?

All in all, highly recommended!!

πŸ‘Thumbs Up!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Nova Appearances Of Late

Marvels: Epilogue #1

This was a fun issue and is a sequel to the classic Marvels series by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. Busiek and Ross were the creative team on the epilogue issue as well.

Rich Rider Nova only appears on two pages in the issue but they are wonderful! From a continuity point, this takes place very early in Nova's career. I'll need to take some time to figure out where it fits in his timeline but definitely within the first few issues of The Man Called Nova.

And to see Nova done by Alex Ross is worth the price alone!

πŸ‘Thumbs Up!

Champions #7 and #8

These two issues of Champions are my favorites of both volumes of the title. It seemed to be a turning point in Sam's journey as a Nova. He not only hunted down his helmet from the Nova Corps, he made it clear it was his from now on.

Especially in #8. He not only took down the former Black Nova assassin named Kaldera (who had a raging need to kill Sam for defeating her once before) with almost no trouble, he stared down Scott Adsit of the Nova Corps when Adsit wanted Sam to give up the helmet again.

I personally like to think that Sam's aggressive attitude towards the Nova Corps was a result of time he spent training with Rich Rider during their Nova series together. :)

πŸ‘Thumbs Up!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Champions Cancelled With #10!

Jim Zub, writer of the Champions title which features Sam Alexander Nova, announced on his blog today that Champions has been cancelled as of #10. The last issue will be out in October.

It's always sad to read about another title with Nova in it coming to an end. Hopefully, we will see more of Sam in the near future. I'd love to see him in the same type of role that he had in Loveness and Perez's recent Nova title.

Thanks to Jim and the rest of the creative team for their stories and contributions to the Nova legacy!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Nova Appearances Of Late

As Nova appearances begin to slow as of late, I thought I'd share my thoughts on them.

Rich Rider's appearance in the Black Order mini-series was handled well. Derek Landy's characterization seemed consistent with his past appearances and his power level was enough to take care of the Black Order single-handed. 

Thumbs Up!πŸ‘

Rich's role in the first Guardians of the Galaxy (2019) series started pretty well! Donny Cates got Nova off to a strong role in the first couple of issues. The characterization wasn't off but we didn't really get to see enough to know how Cates would handle the character on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Nova got left in the background as the series went on.

Thumbs Down. πŸ‘Ž

Now the Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 was more like it!! I really enjoyed the writing and art of the Nova story in this issue! Al Ewing really got it right! Rich felt like the warrior we had seen in Annihilation and DnA's Nova series.

BIG Thumbs Up! πŸ‘

Sam Alexander hasn't been Nova for a few months (in real time) as his helmet was taken by the Nova Corps in order to be used for research and development. His role with the Champions has been moved from super-powered hero to being the team's pilot.

During the early issues of the Champions reboot, I did like the Nova Knight version of Sam. But since that particular arc ended, Sam has been more or less useless. I hope this changes in the next two issues as the story of the Nova helmet appears to be coming to a conclusion.

Sam himself has been written consistently, though. This arc reminds me of the period when Rich Rider lost the Nova powers to Nova Omega in the original New Warriors series.

Thumbs are in the side position waiting.... 😌

Monday, February 25, 2019

Nova Article in Back Issue #115

Back Issue! 115 - Click Image to Close

I have a new article on Nova appearing in an upcoming issue of Back Issue from TwoMorrows Publishing!

It is a sequel to the Nova article I wrote back in Back Issue #33. That issue covered the period from The Man Called Nova to Rom #24.

The new article will cover the time period from Thor #411 to the M2 Universe Nova. It will also have interviews and behind the scenes stories from a dozen creators involved with Nova during that time!

Back Issue #115 is now available for preorder!!