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Nova #2 - Chapter Two: Believe Review


The story of Sam Alexander continues as we see more on how and why he gained the power of NOVA.

The Good

Like it or not, Sam Alexander is becoming more and more of a likable character. Even though this is a T+ book, there is a refreshing feeling in seeing a young character gain and deal with newfound power. Seeing it from the beginning is great in it lets us get to know who Sam is better. The appearances by Gamora and Rocket Raccoon add to the excitement of the series.

Last issue we got an idea what Sam's life was like. What his background was and his connection to the Nova Corps. Now that he has the ability to access the power, we're still seeing the learning phase. Too often characters gain powers and are suddenly masters with it. It's great seeing there's a learning curve as it makes the character a little more relatable.

Ed McGuinness' art with Marte Gracia's colors are a treat. Nova's attempts to master flying and his expressions when dealing with...everything add to the charm of the title. The effects used during flight adds to the feel and fast paced nature of using the powers.

The Bad

This may be a minor thing but I can't fully figure out why this is a T+ book. There is Gamora, a "green assassin lady" and Rocket does have a big gun. It would be nice to have a book that younger readers could enjoy as well. That's the impression I'm getting so far is this would be safe for all ages. We'll have to see what happens in future issues as the action heats up. We don't need tons of violence or 'edginess' to make comics entertaining.

We are still in the early stage but it's now two issues and we're still unclear of Gamora and Rocket Raccoon's role in this title. They're here and then disappear before it can be explored further. Sure it's part of the story and we do need to see Sam adjust to his new situation but it feels like we're missing something. Maybe I'm being impatient.

The Verdict

NOVA is shaping up to be a fun new title as Jeph Loeb shapes Sam into a likable new hero. Ed McGuinness' art and Marte Gracia's colors add to the fun factor by giving us great visuals to go with the story. We're still in the learning phase of this new Nova so we get to see him get accustomed to everything. It's not fully clear where this title will go in the future and why it has a T+ rating. Because Sam is still learning about his new situation, we don't have a lot of major plot development going on just yet. Gamora and Rocket Raccoon appear but don't get the opportunity to make their roles clear to Sam. If things continue, this could easily become one of my favorite titles. Yes I want to see Richard Rider back (I tried to avoid bringing him up) but Sam is on his way to becoming a great new character in the Marvel Universe.

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Posted by akbogert

I'm still not positive where I stand on this book. As a complete noob to Marvel Cosmic, none of the usual complaints are standing between me and enjoying this (as for Rider, they did mention in the letters section that it will likely be addressed). But I'll be honest: Seeing Gamora and Rocket Raccoon on the cover is what made me interested in this book, and as enjoyable as Sam is, I don't think I care enough to follow a book just about him. So you're not alone in the impatience ^_^ I'd like their role cleared up as well.

Edited by Trevel8182

"Yeah" this book can continue to go F itself!

You know Tony I might found Sam a likable character 10 years from now after NOVA rebirth, like I did with Kyle Rayner, but right now I still think what they did to Richard Rider is still really shitty and this character is ass who written like he doesn't live in the Marvel Universe but that's common complaint I have the's day's!

Posted by RideASpaceCowboy

The rating given to a book has no bearing on the actual quality of its content. If the original Star Wars had been given a PG-13 or even an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, that wouldn't alter a single frame of the film George Lucas had made or make it any less appropriate for children to watch. If as a parent you feel this book is appropriate for your child to be reading, don't let the Teen rating act as a form of de facto censorship.

Posted by musim

Two issues in is too soon to judge. Sam isn't grabbing me in any way, be it positive or negative. I realize this is happening to try and expand the fan base for cosmic Marvel but it really just winds up alienating their existing fan base for it. And Gamora and Rocket talking about the kid like he's "the one"? Really? I could probably deal with this a lot better if there was a Richard Rider series going on. The new crowd could have this lesser Nova written by Loeb who has ruined numerous series I love (Ultimates 3 anyone?) while I could have the character I already care about written preferably by Abnett and Lanning.

I dread the appearance of Sam Alexander in the GoG movie. There's a rumor Nova is going to be in it and as much as Marvel is trying to force feed this character on us it wouldn't surprise me if Sam is the one they go with.

Posted by scuzz2.0

It was weird when Rocket tried to shoot Sam. For what? calling him a raccoon? Its in his name! It felt like a lame attempt to show that Rocket is a badass but it didn't make any sense.

Apart from that, the issue was pretty bland.

Edited by feargalr

Really enjoying this so far! But I haven't read anything with a Nova in it before so this is my introduction to the character

Posted by KnightofSteel

Another fun issue!

Posted by Drummer007

I enjoyed this issue but it seemed a little short. Not a lot to read just a lot of story being told through the art. I like Sam as a character and like showing him learning his new powers.

Posted by Scarlet_Spider_Forever

Yea this one seemed a little short. But the art is very refreshing and the story is an 8/10 in my opinion. Great read! Everyone should be reading this series.