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First Look: NOVA #1 - Who is Sam Alexander?

The new Marvel NOW! series will reveal why Sam is worthy to carry the legacy of the Nova Corps.

Many of us are still longing for the return of Richard Rider as Nova. What was a surprise was seeing a new Nova at the beginning of AVENGERS VS X-MEN. With the new character, Sam Alexander, we had no idea what his story was or how he became a member of the Nova Corps. In AVX, he even mentioned saving Earth before. Viewers of the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series have an idea what he might be like but we still don't know where he came from.

That should be answered in the upcoming NOVA #1. Marvel has released a new preview for the series set to be released next month.

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at NOVA #1 from the chart-topping, award-winning creative team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness! You met Sam Alexander, the all-new Nova, in the pages of last year’s blockbuster hit Avengers VS X-Men—but what is his secret origin? How is he connected to the Guardians of the Galaxy? And just why is Sam the only one worthy to carry on the legacy of the Nova Corps? These answers reveal shocking secrets about the Marvel Universe and help set the stage for the biggest comic book event of the year!

This February, Jeph Loeb & Ed McGuinness bring the Marvel Universe face to face with Sam Alexander in Nova #1!

NOVA #1 (DEC120602)

Written by JEPH LOEB

Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

FOC—1/28/13, On-Sale- 2/20/13

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Posted by Don_Jay

So Sam Alexander is going to Hill Valley High?

Posted by CaptainMexico

Without his suit on, he kinda looks like a skinny Superboy.

Edited by Mr_Winchester

@Don_Jay: Exactly what I was thinking.

Posted by doombot890

I actually can't wait!

hey what does FOC mean?

Posted by DrLove

well at least i can read about Gamora again.. i hope for the best but dont expect much.

Posted by MyComicStoreDotNET

Not a fan of his character on Ultimate Spider-Man. Unfortunately he'll probably be pretty similar in the comic since Loeb is a producer on the show.

Edited by DonFelipe

@doombot890 said:

I actually can't wait!

hey what does FOC mean?

Final Order Cut-Off

The date until retailers can tell publishers about their final order and demand - or increase/decrease their orders.

Posted by ME24601

I'm not a fan of the character on the USM show, and with Loeb writing, I don't see this series being that good. Nor do I see it lasting very long, especially with a $3.99 price.

Posted by CircularLogic

USM is terrible, Loeb lost all that made him good years ago. McGuinness is in top form, though. 1 out of 3 ain't bad, but I have plenty of better Marvel NOW! books to pick from with much better promise than this.

Posted by karrob

I read this and think, where is Richard Rider?

Posted by StMichalofWilson

@Don_Jay said:

So Sam Alexander is going to Hill Valley High?

Oh snap!

@CaptainMexico said:

Without his suit on, he kinda looks like a skinny Superboy.

lol!

Posted by xAnimosity

I like how the bully looks like the Punisher

Posted by Trevel8182

@MyComicStoreDotNET: Dido I and pretty much everyone i know hates that character in the show also it's Bull that Peter Quill survived but not Richard Ryder.

Posted by sparty-dbq

@Don_Jay said:

So Sam Alexander is going to Hill Valley High?

My first immediate thought too. McGuinness HAD to have used Mr. Strickland as inspiration. 50 bucks says he calls Sam a slacker on that same page.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@karrob

I read this and think, where is Richard Rider?

Posted by blackkitty

Can someone please explain... why? I mean it was okay while Richard, Thanos and the Guardians were trapped in the Cancerverse but, it appears Thanos is live and well. The Guardians are okay so, why is Richard the only one in the Cancerverse? Oh wait, it's cause of television isn't it? *sigh* This is just stupidity. You have an established character, he was a consistent seller in his own book for years and... we ditch him, all that was developed and make this new one. The more things change...

Edited by wr3h

"Marvel is pleased to present your first look at NOVA #1 from the chart-topping, award-winning creative team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness!"

Posted by chocobojam

I really have no idea who's this Nova really is. But i really love his costume!! So..is Nova corps some kind of a marvel's equivalent to DC's Green Lantern corps??

Edited by Don_Jay

@sparty-dbq said:

@Don_Jay said:

So Sam Alexander is going to Hill Valley High?

My first immediate thought too. McGuinness HAD to have used Mr. Strickland as inspiration. 50 bucks says he calls Sam a slacker on that same page.

You just know Strickland's gonna call him a slacker (probably on these very pages). All we need is a crazy, but lovable scientist, with a kick ass modified car and we'll have a Back to the Future bingo (we already have the skateboarding underdog, the love interest, the Biff Tannen bully and Mr. Strickland).

Posted by Cap10nate

@chocobojam said:

I really have no idea who's this Nova really is. But i really love his costume!! So..is Nova corps some kind of a marvel's equivalent to DC's Green Lantern corps??

Sort of the same. The Nova Corps is an intergalactic police force basically. However, during the Annihilation War, the entire Corps was destroyed except for Richard Rider who was able to host all of the Nova Corps powers in his own body making him incredibly powerful. However, in the Thanos Imperative, Richard Rider was trapped in a parallel universe called the Cancerverse as it collapsed as he and Peter Quill (Starlord) tried to keep Thanos from escaping back into the regular universe. Since the Nova Force resided in him alone at the moment the universe collapsed, it was believed that it was lost forever along with Rider. Over the past couple months though, both Thanos and Starlord have appeared as well as this new Nova but there has been no explanation on what has happened to Richard Rider.

My theories for why they have this new Nova are that they want to have a superhero in high school to try to rekindle that love that people had with Peter Parker back in the day or . . . they just don't want a main character to be named Dick Rider.

Edited by chocobojam

So is this new Nova kid totally new with no connection whatsoever with anyone from the past Nova corps??

and is Nova worth reading?? is this really actually a good series??

Posted by Don_Jay

@chocobojam: So far there have been zero connections between Alexander and Rider (or any other members of the Corps). And yes, it is worth reading. Annihilation was a good jumping point for the cosmic comics, because that's when Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning took over it and made Annihilation, Annihilation Conquest, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy and some other Events. And it was awesome in my opinion.

Posted by chocobojam

Actually..I was thinking what to choose Between Nova or Secret Avengers this February. But i really love Totally new character who take up a famous superhero mantle. so Its decided that Nova it is!!

Posted by Don_Jay

@chocobojam: I thought you meant the previous Nova series. That's worth reading, this, I'm not so sure about. There's a pretty good chance that the only good quality about this series will be McGuinness' art.

Edited by Reignmaker

OMG! Jeph Loeb! I love you!!!

Posted by Onemoreposter

@Don_Jay said:

So Sam Alexander is going to Hill Valley High?

lol, YES. My first thought exactly.

"No Mcfly has ever amounted to anything in the history of hill valley!"

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

Marvel's Now stuff is awesome. Fantastic Four, FF, Avengers, Indestructible Hulk, All New X-men, (others), and now Nova!

Posted by phillywonka

@Don_Jay: 1955!?

Posted by stu

ill give it a shot. But it better be leading to Richard Rider`s return!!!

Posted by Cap10nate

@chocobojam: I think that the only other mentions of Sam are from AVX and the Ultimate Spider Man cartoon. As for this series that is about to start, I don't know how it will be since I'm really not sure if I have read anything that Loeb has written. As someone mentioned above, if you want some excellent stories, read some of the cosmic stuff starting with Annihilation. It is one of my favorite stories.

Posted by Kallarkz

i wonder if he will have all the power of the Nova Corps like Richard did

Posted by The Sadhu

@Don_Jay: I'm guessing that makes him a slacker!

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

He's Not Worthy!! Haha

Seriously, This guy is seriously behind the 8-ball with me, in regards to me liking him. Thus far there has been nothing to find appealing about him. His Comic appearances so far have been like..what? 12- 13 panels maybe..with him being unconscious for most of them. And I find that Sam's tv appearances have been nothing short of annoying and irritating , so not only to see him in his own book aggravates me, but to be the replacement to Richard who should never have been replaced in the first place really butters my biscuits lol

i am Richard Rider fan and so I need to see where the NOVA legacy is going but I really DISLIKE Sam right now, so lets see where this goes.

Posted by greenlucario

So... the Nova Corps now is all black and gold? Sure makes total sense they've only been blue and gold forever, especially since there can't even be a Nova Corps anymore, but yeah why not, all the Nova force is just stuck in the Cancerverse with Rich and Worldmind never rebooted, this series technically can't exist, but hey whatever Loeb is a hack anyways.

Posted by Trevel8182

@Mrfuzzynutz: Amen Brother!

Posted by Don_Jay

@greenlucario said:

So... the Nova Corps now is all black and gold? Sure makes total sense they've only been blue and gold forever, especially since there can't even be a Nova Corps anymore, but yeah why not, all the Nova force is just stuck in the Cancerverse with Rich and Worldmind never rebooted, this series technically can't exist, but hey whatever Loeb is a hack anyways.

Amen to that brother. I've been asking the same things since Thanos and Quill showed up in Avengers Assemble. Loeb is the reason I don't have much faith Marvel's tv shows, except for Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D., becuse, you know, in Whedon we trust.

Posted by dondave

Picking This up

Posted by zackattack529

@Don_Jay: He's a SLACKER! just like his ol' man he was a slacker too....

Posted by LordRequiem

I say bring back Richard Rider or least induct someone else. I don't understand this fascination with using teenage heroes, especially in such a big role.

Posted by AngeTheDude

Jeph Loeb writing Nova?

Posted by AmazingWebHead

...The dude from Ultimate Spider-Man?

Edited by Barkley

@Onemoreposter: glad you saw that.... awesome!

Posted by Meteorite

And just why is Sam the only one worthy to carry on the legacy of the Nova Corps?

Because Loeb is a horrible writer, that's why.

Posted by SmashBrawler

Ugh.

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Posted by Perfect 10

calling it. end of the series the REAL nova, Richard Rider comes back

Posted by Ryther

$4 Pass

Posted by BritishMonkey

@chocobojam: Your best bet is to start off reading the Annihilation series and then move onto Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's Nova series.

But the Nova corps is sort of similar to Green Lantern corps, minus the rings and constructs. The Nova centurions are powered by the Nova force and they're essentially a galactic police force with the xandarian worldmind as their leader of sorts. Best I can describe it.

Posted by Nova`Prime`

Cancer boy is not worthy of carrying the mantle of Nova.

Posted by FrankenKong

Reminds me alot of Kyle Rayner.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Its just not Richard Ryder...that's all I have to say :/

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