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Reading this issue of Nova, I was struck by something. In a universe getting all Skrully, Nova is still the king. This book has been solid all throughout it’s run, from Richard Rider’s emotional trip home to his ensuing battle with Phalanx strain that has infected his body, and Rider hits all of these things in stride, fighting as a hero should: without fear and without remorse.
I mentioned last month that what makes Nova so great is that it’s somewhat removed from the MU proper, which gives it’s creators more room to have fun. And fun they do have. But in this issue, I really began to understand that what makes this book so compelling is the character of Richard Rider himself. With the Phalanx overrunning his body and taking control, he still manages to be heroic at everything he does. He’s a fighter when others quit, and he’s a damn brave man. In this issue, we see him reborn, and I dare you not to be moved by the events that lead to his rebirth. I also dare you not to grin like an idiot at the full page spread of Nova flying into battle. It’s truly awesome.
But he also does something unexpected at the end of the issue that makes him all the more endearing, and frankly, all the more heroic. You see, Richard Rider is not clouded by mistrust. He’s not worried about the fate of the Earth, and Skrulls, well, Skrulls, he can deal with. He’s seen worse. He carries the galaxy on his shoulders, and we don’t see him ever wear down. He pushes himself past his limits, questions the unending, cold logic of the Worldmind, and still manages to save the day. It’s a great mix for a character, and I’m enjoying the hell out of the ride that’s being present on these pages.
The art in this book is simply astounding. Pelletier is doing an amazing job of capturing the very alien worlds while also brining and energy to everything surrounding the characters. His action sequences are dynamic and page turning. And let’s not forget the mention the stunning inks of Rick Magyar, whose details inks bring life to Warlock and the planet Kuch. And the colors by Guru eFX are simply wonderful and bring a real sense of desolation to Kuch while bringing life into the characters.
If you haven’t been buying this book, do yourself a favor by picking up the trade and some back issues. I promise you that if great adventure with an endearing character is your bag, you’ll love this series. This one just happens to take place in space.
Art: 5 - Excellent