The New Marvel: ‘Nova’

The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW! Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


The son of a hero who never really believed in his father finds himself the heir to that power. Struggling with the idea that his father is more than just a janitor, Sam Alexander comes to terms with what really happened to his life in the wake of this new discovery. A quiet, oft-bullied high school student who doesn’t really fit in with anyone, Sam has become not just a hero, but a member of an elite corps of individuals known throughout the galaxy as well as on Earth. A warrior against the Phoenix Force, a fighter besides the likes of Thor and the Avengers, Sam is none other than Nova.

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Covering Issues #1-6

The one really great thing about this series for me is that it has character building from the ground up, whereas a lot of the other Marvel NOW! titles are reboots with the same team rosters and individuals. Sam Alexander’s not the first Nova, and certainly not the first one to go up against galactic threats, but this series does an excellent job of showing just how he got to be a Nova, how he deals with it, and what it means to his future prospects as a hero and as a high school student. In many way, this reminds me of the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series, where first Peter Parker and then Miles Morales have to discover their own places in a new world that has been opened up to them; Sam has to figure out what he’s going to do now that he has all this power, with the mentality and maturity of a teenager. And, unlike a lot of other superheroes, Sam is able to be open with his family about his situation, mostly due to the fact that his father was a Nova as well. This certainly makes it a little easier to go gallivanting around the galaxy, but there are still consequences.

The only seemingly confusing aspect of this series is that part of it takes place before the events of AvX and was even introduced as a supporting character in the Ultimate Spider-Man TV show, both of which were months before this title went to shelves. Those who watched the TV show might think they know Sam’s personality, but he’s vastly different in that series than in this title, except for both being named Sam Alexander, being a Nova, and being a teenage boy with a chip on his shoulder the size of the Nine Realms. Like I said, totally different. Despite the confusion, the series is such a good read for someone who wants to pick up a title that doesn’t require a lot of background to sift through, and the writing and artwork are so fantastic that I see the creative team going a long way together. It honestly feels as though this is the kind of comic DC meant to create when they rebooted to The New 52 two years ago, and it’s nice to see that Marvel’s been able to pick up some of the slack.

Now that he’s got his powers, and some basic knowledge of what he has to do with them, I cannot wait to see what Sam plans for his future. He obviously wants to be a member of the Avengers, but which Avengers team would be best for him. As a teenager I could see him easily being a part of the Young Avengers, but he was personally invited by Thor, one of the Big Three, so it seems as though he’d be on the main team . . . if he’s able to get his mother’s permission. But, what else can he do aside from trying to impress and engender himself upon Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? What crimes can he stop, what villains can he best, and what enemies will he make now that he’s taken up the mantle and heritage of his father? It seems as though he’s going to find out, in the greatest place of all (in terms of the Marvel universe), New York.

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