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Marvel NOW!: Nick Fury Jr’s Deck Has Gone Nova

The latest teaser image reveals the return of Nova. But which version of the character is it?

Marvel continues their slow drip of new info about their upcoming Marvel NOW! Point One issue. Yesterday, we shared with you an updated teaser image of Nick Fury, Jr. tossing a stack of case files (?) towards the reader, one of which now shows who many of you believe to be Cable (I agree). Today, the latest update to that image has been released, featuring Fury unleashing a Nova folder.

Now the question remains: which Nova is this exactly? Is this Richard Rider returning from the alternate universe he was trapped in with Thanos and Starlord? Or, is this the latest character to don the Nova armor, Sam Alexander, who recently fell from the stars to warn the Avengers of the Phoenix's imminent arrival in Avengers vs. X-Men: Infinite #1?

The safe bet would be to say this is probably the Sam Alexander version of the character. Especially in light of Sam appearing in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon as Nova. Because, you know, Marvel loves their cross-pollination synergy.

However, with the Marvel NOW! initiative comes a rebirth, of sort. With a bunch of new series launching and a new overall direction planned for the Marvel U., it wouldn’t be out of left field to see Richard Rider return and resume the mantle of Nova. Would it?

So let the speculation begin! Which version of Nova do you think Nick Fury, Jr. has his eye on? Sound off in the comments below.

Erik Norris is a freelance writer for sites such as ComicVine, IGN and CraveOnline.com. You can stalk him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.

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Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Interesting....

Posted by danhimself

it's not really Nova until it's Richard Rider....they can bring back Black Bolt but not Nova? B.S.

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Posted by Twentyfive

Let's go Fury!!!

Posted by Pwok21

Nova's death was the perfect sacrifice.

Don't bring him back, and that goes for Starlord and Thanos too.

Posted by Mr. Kamikaze

God damn it...it better be Richard Rider. I miss that guy, I really really really hope it isn't whoever that Nova was in the Infinite Comics stuff. Or worse yet, that Nova from that awful Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. -.-

Still, I am intrigued.

Posted by Vincie_Pooh

The other pix you guys posted in the deck. Can it be Cable or Nick Fury Sr. I say Cable. But with a closer look from this one you guys did before.

http://www.comicvine.com/news/update-on-marvel-now-and-the-new-1-issues-in-october/144904/

I see Cable back there with a Patch. And if Nick Fury Jr. If he is picking heroes for his deck. I beat one is Captain America, Maybe a God with Thunder. Jean Grey... and how about it!? Bring me Howard the Duck!!! LOL Well those are my guess...

Posted by danhimself

@Mr. Kamikaze said:

God damn it...it better be Richard Rider. I miss that guy, I really really really hope it isn't whoever that Nova was in the Infinite Comics stuff. Or worse yet, that Nova from that awful Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. -.-

Still, I am intrigued.

Sam Alexander was the Nova in the Infinite Comics and he's the Nova in Ultimate Spider-man and he's the Nova in this picture

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Edited by Teerack

I went ahead and combined them myself.

Posted by NyxEquitis

Hopefully Richard Rider, although the point about cross-pollination synergy is accurate, it wouldn't surprise me if they did that so the show and comics would be in balance...

Posted by Skaddix

@Teerack said:

I went ahead and combined them myself.

Nice work. Though I think will get the combined version on Friday.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I am curious about who the other characters will be

Edited by Lvenger

Sorry Richard Rider fans but it's most likely Sam Alexander, the lame version from the lame Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon which is named after Loeb's son. I know it's tragic that Loeb's son died of cancer but replacing a fan favourite with this new character is not a good move IMO. Storylines like Annihilation and the Thanos Imperative amongst others proved Richard Rider was a great character and did not deserve to be meddled with by the curse of Loeb.

Posted by TheGoldenOne
@danhimself said:

it's not really Nova until it's Richard Rider....they can bring back Black Bolt but not Nova? B.S.

This
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

That Is Not Nova

 
 
@Pwok21 said:

Nova's death was the perfect sacrifice.

Don't bring him back, and that goes for Starlord and Thanos too.

They'v both been back for a while, it's just Nova that's left
Posted by Mr. Kamikaze

@danhimself said:

@Mr. Kamikaze said:

God damn it...it better be Richard Rider. I miss that guy, I really really really hope it isn't whoever that Nova was in the Infinite Comics stuff. Or worse yet, that Nova from that awful Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. -.-

Still, I am intrigued.

Sam Alexander was the Nova in the Infinite Comics and he's the Nova in Ultimate Spider-man and he's the Nova in this picture

Do you take pleasure in ruining my day, sir!?

Posted by Teerack

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

That Is Not Nova



@Pwok21 said:

Nova's death was the perfect sacrifice.

Don't bring him back, and that goes for Starlord and Thanos too.

They'v both been back for a while, it's just Nova that's left

No they're not. Thanos and Starloard are both still trapped with Nova in the cancerverse.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Teerack said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

That Is Not Nova



@Pwok21 said:

Nova's death was the perfect sacrifice.

Don't bring him back, and that goes for Starlord and Thanos too.

They'v both been back for a while, it's just Nova that's left

No they're not. Thanos and Starloard are both still trapped with Nova in the cancerverse.

Nope, Bendis brought them back 
Edited by doordoor123

@Pwok21 said:

Nova's death was the perfect sacrifice.

Don't bring him back, and that goes for Starlord and Thanos too.

Perfect death? The cosmic Marvel died with their deaths. Richard Rider was the center of it and the cosmic Marvel will be dead as long as Rider isn't around. Its like killing off the Superman of cosmic Marvel.

Posted by Pwok21

@Jonny_Anonymous:

I know that's not Richard Rider I was just commenting on the article suggesting that he be brought back.

I know it looks like Sam's Nova (armour and whatnot).

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Pwok21: Oh that was just a general statement, 'twasn't aimed at you I was just saying that Star Lord has already been brought back 
Posted by Pwok21

@doordoor123 said:

@Pwok21 said:

Nova's death was the perfect sacrifice.

Don't bring him back, and that goes for Starlord and Thanos too.

Perfect death? The cosmic Marvel died with their deaths. Richard Rider was the center of it and the cosmic Marvel will be dead as long as Rider isn't around. Its like killing off the Superman of cosmic Marvel.

To take down one of the most dangerous Villains. A worthy sacrifice and I felt that it not only made sense, but was also well timed. He WAS the Superman of Cosmic Marvel, but he was still human which is why his death was so powerful. Even the most powerful of us can die at any moment.

Alternatively he could have tripped down some stairs or drowned in his Cheerios, would you have preferred that?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Pwok21 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@Pwok21 said:

Nova's death was the perfect sacrifice.

Don't bring him back, and that goes for Starlord and Thanos too.

Perfect death? The cosmic Marvel died with their deaths. Richard Rider was the center of it and the cosmic Marvel will be dead as long as Rider isn't around. Its like killing off the Superman of cosmic Marvel.

To take down one of the most dangerous Villains. A worthy sacrifice and I felt that it not only made sense, but was also well timed. He WAS the Superman of Cosmic Marvel, but he was still human which is why his death was so powerful. Even the most powerful of us can die at any moment.

Alternatively he could have tripped down some stairs or drowned in his Cheerios, would you have preferred that?

Thanos and Starlord are already back so Novas death means nothing, it's time to bring him back
Posted by Pwok21

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Pwok21 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@Pwok21 said:

Nova's death was the perfect sacrifice.

Don't bring him back, and that goes for Starlord and Thanos too.

Perfect death? The cosmic Marvel died with their deaths. Richard Rider was the center of it and the cosmic Marvel will be dead as long as Rider isn't around. Its like killing off the Superman of cosmic Marvel.

To take down one of the most dangerous Villains. A worthy sacrifice and I felt that it not only made sense, but was also well timed. He WAS the Superman of Cosmic Marvel, but he was still human which is why his death was so powerful. Even the most powerful of us can die at any moment.

Alternatively he could have tripped down some stairs or drowned in his Cheerios, would you have preferred that?

Thanos and Starlord are already back so Novas death means nothing, it's time to bring him back

Yeah I'd assumed that was someone imitating Thanos as Marvel wouldn't be asinine enough to waste one of their best characters. Bring him back.

Posted by stu

@danhimself: this!

Posted by Teerack

@Jonny_Anonymous: That didn't happen, and if it did when did that happen?

Posted by LordRequiem

Where the hell has this Nick Fury Samuel L. Jackson Jr. come from all of a sudden? Could anyone fill me in?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Teerack said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: That didn't happen, and if it did when did that happen?

Yes it did, Bendis brought them back in Avengers Assemble 
Posted by Teerack

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Teerack said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: That didn't happen, and if it did when did that happen?

Yes it did, Bendis brought them back in Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble takes place in the marvel universe!? :O

I have to go read that now.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Teerack said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Teerack said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: That didn't happen, and if it did when did that happen?

Yes it did, Bendis brought them back in Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble takes place in the marvel universe!? :O

I have to go read that now.

Yea it's 100% canon, it just happens to have the same team line-up as the movie 
Posted by X35

Nick Fury Jr. and Nova Jr.

¬_¬

Edited by TheAnnihilator

I don't mind the new Nova, but I would like them to have Richard Rider return as the head of the Nova Corps and a possible mentor to Sam. They don't even have to show him often, just giving us fans of the character that closure would be nice.

But I expect them to not explain at all how the Nova Force returned and never feature any of the DnA characters who lost their power.

Also, I'm not sure Loeb writing an expy of his son is such a good idea. It's not going to end well for anyone.

Posted by danhimself

@Mr. Kamikaze said:

@danhimself said:

@Mr. Kamikaze said:

God damn it...it better be Richard Rider. I miss that guy, I really really really hope it isn't whoever that Nova was in the Infinite Comics stuff. Or worse yet, that Nova from that awful Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. -.-

Still, I am intrigued.

Sam Alexander was the Nova in the Infinite Comics and he's the Nova in Ultimate Spider-man and he's the Nova in this picture

Do you take pleasure in ruining my day, sir!?

.... a little....sorry

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@TheAnnihilator said:

I don't mind the new Nova, but I would like them to have Richard Rider return as the head of the Nova Corps and a possible mentor to Sam. They don't even have to show him often, just giving us fans of the character that closure would be nice.

But I expect them to not explain at all how the Nova Force returned and never feature any of the DnA characters who lost their power.

What annoys me the most is that DnA's stuff was the best Cosmic Marvel has ever been and one of the last great events Marvel has done yet they have more or less ignored everything they'v done 
Posted by TheAnnihilator

@Jonny_Anonymous: Same here. All they have to do is simply acknowledge it, but nope. Take the stupid, easy, and nonsensical way out. Magically bring characters back to life and back from an alternate dimension with no explanation what-so-ever.

Posted by Novemberx2

@Lvenger: loeb has milked his son's death far to much. have you read the awful new ultimates issue 1 where tony starks talks about being friends a boy called sam who has cancer? in fact the only reason he's still at marvel is probably because when try to sack him, loeb bring his sons death up and feel sorry for.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@TheAnnihilator said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: Same here. All they have to do is simply acknowledge it, but nope. Take the stupid, easy, and nonsensical way out. Magically bring characters back to life and back from an alternate dimension with no explanation what-so-ever.

Rich being Nova Prime and running the Corps with his original members I could accept but just flat out pretending it never happened is just wrong 
Posted by TheAnnihilator

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@TheAnnihilator said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: Same here. All they have to do is simply acknowledge it, but nope. Take the stupid, easy, and nonsensical way out. Magically bring characters back to life and back from an alternate dimension with no explanation what-so-ever.

Rich being Nova Prime and running the Corps with his original members I could accept but just flat out pretending it never happened is just wrong

Yeah, it'd be great to see him in a mentor role.

Posted by The Mast

If Abnett and Lanning aren't writing cosmics, I generally don't give an eff.

I hate that Assemble is canon. I hate how movies dictate comics now.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@The Mast said:

If Abnett and Lanning aren't writing cosmics, I generally don't give an eff.

I hate that Assemble is canon. I hate how movies dictate comics now.

The Hypernaturals 
Posted by frochez

I wonder why the file with Cable (or whoever it is) on it is blank in this image? You'd think that they would have each preview with more and more images revealed, until the final one with all of the characters viewable.

Maybe the two preivews released today and yesterday are actually different pictures, showing Fury Jr. with two entirely different teams, and we just haven't realised it yet...

Posted by Say_DaySawn

I'd expect Sam Alexander, but in the Avengers Assemble comic, which is in continuity apparently, Star-Lord is Peter Quill and also Thanos has returned so that means Richard Rider is out there somewhere. Right?

Posted by TheCrowbar

Is it just me or is Nick Fury Jr. wearing rouge?

Posted by greenlucario

@danhimself said:

it's not really Nova until it's Richard Rider....they can bring back Black Bolt but not Nova? B.S.

so true

Posted by mattwing87

If Nova is going to be a big part then I hope that means Darkhawk will return!! :)

Posted by Miss_Garrick

"Because, you know, Marvel loves their cross-pollination synergy."

Fancy words for crap.

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

Yikes,,,some rough looking artwork

And yes, thanks to Ultimate Spider-Man, I cannot stand the idea of Sam being NOVA!! Just when Rich was getting his due. they pull this stunt.

Again..i will read the stories to see where it goes, but not liking the ideas so far

Posted by CitizenJP

Personally, Nova was my favorite character from the Marvel Universe. I just got a little more excited for this whole reboot thing. ;p

Edited by joshmightbe

So Samuel L. Fury, new Nova and Cable so far

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

@Vincie_Pooh: if you look at the marvel now promo pic, cable's wearing an eye-patch

Posted by venomoushatred1001

@danhimself said:

it's not really Nova until it's Richard Rider

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