Jeph Loeb made an appearance today on the Marvel Comics Press Conference circuit to talk up the new ongoing Nova series that he’s writing alongside artist Ed McGuiness, which launches in February. The new Nova was first introduced in the Marvel Point One issue earlier this year, and then appeared in Avengers Vs. X-Men and a digital Infinite comics, has only been seen in glimpses, but this new ongoing promises to go back and flesh out the characters origin, which is a 16 year old boy from Carefree, Arizona. Yes, there is a town in Arizona called Carefree, Loeb looked it up.
Loeb was quick to explain that both he and McGuiness are huge Nova and Rich Rider (the former Nova), and thoroughly enjoyed Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s run on the character, which ended with him dying a hero. He explained that while that story was great, he thought it was a good opportunity to introduce a new character and keep the Nova flame alive, so it was pitched to editor Steve Wacker and approved and plans for the new series were hatched.
Once the plan around the new character was formed, Loeb was able to leverage his role in Marvel TV and animation to work to insert this new Nova character into the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, which has already begun to show positive feedback from his appearances and recognition amongst kids, which could bode well for other media uses, especially given the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie and Nova’s ties to the Marvel Cosmic universe, although that’s not something Loeb wants to see him limited to as he commented that Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy, while cosmic characters, are a part of the Marvel Universe and the goal is to make then known to fans of the comics, cartoons and movies. That tie begins right out of the gate, as you’ll see in the preview art below, as the Guardians of the Galaxy make an early appearance in the new series.
When asked about the new blue helmet, Loeb clarified that new helmet was not just a design and style change but would have a purpose when it comes to the story as we learn more about the Nova Corps. than ever before. ”What we know about the Novas is not everything we know about the Novas,” he commented. The action for Nova will take place in both the new Nova (Sam Alexander)’s home state of Arizona as well as space of course. Loeb noted that what makes this series so exciting is that it’s a teen hero, who’s going through on the job training with these new powers, but his threats will be much bigger than those like Spider-Man faced in his early days. They will be of the cosmic level, as evidenced with his involvement in the skirmish against the Phoenix in Avengers Vs. X-Men.
Nova #1 comes out in February, 2013. Check out the covers and variants covers for the first few issues as well as a sneak preview of the interiors to issue #1