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Richard Rider is one bad ass mofo! There I said, and I’ll keep on saying it until one you shuts me up or this series goes bottom up. What started out as a title that I picked up because I thought it might be pretty good has slowly become one of my favorite books in the Marvel U. Nova, who would have thought?
Well, maybe Ron, and he was right to. What we have here, in this series, is a great character with so much depth to him. Last month, the Annual showed us just what kind of man Richard Rider was, and this story arch, which has spanned all 11 issues of the series, has shown us just what kind of adventures he can have…and just how compelling they can be.
With this latest issue, Nova lands on Tvach (I think that’s how they spell it…I don’t have my books in front me at the moment), which is the home planet of the Phalanx. He’s searching for the cure to the infection. Not only is he trying to cure himself, but also an entire civilization. It’s a dire mission, one frought with perils that no mortal man would willing jump at. Yet, Rider does so willingly, and with passion that only most heroes hope to match. In this issue, we see Rider’s situation go from worse, to bad, to super worse. And that’s just one issue.
This series is just plain fun, and I think one of it’s greatest assets is that it’s so far removed from the Marvel U. Nova is out saving entire civilizations while many of the Marvel heroes are busy getting Skrully. Sometimes it’s just nice to see a hero that fights evil and that overcomes the greatest of odds. I know that teams like the Avengers and the X-Men have saved some galaxies, but how many of them can say that they do it everyday? In seperating from the Marvel U, Nova is able to have adventures that scratch an itch for epic adventures.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention just how stunning the pencils are by Paul Pelletier. He’s the new interior artist on the series, and he just blows the competition out of the water with his larger than life visuals. Each panel is so lovingly drawn down the finest detail, and there are scenes in the issue that are stunning in their complexity. And he makes Nova look like a badass. In this issue alone, I challenge people to compare his grand gadgets with anything that Hitch has drawn. Just awesome.
This is a space epic that fans of superheroes should not miss. I love this book. And you should too.
Art: 5 - Excellent