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Nova #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

Sam Alexander is a kid bound by the gravity of a small town and a father whose ridiculous, drunken fairy tales about a “Nova Corps” were just another heavy burden in a life full of them. But luckily for Sam Alexander… soon gravity won’t even matter.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Chuck's Comic Of The Day

    If the story pans out, we should find ourselves with a new hero who happens to be a sympathetic teen with extraordinary powers – and a sense of humor.

    It’s just crazy enough to work!

  • 80

    Comic Vine

    As a Richard Rider fan, I wasn’t thrilled over the idea of a series starring a different Nova. Jeph Loeb does a good job in introducing who the character is and where he comes from. The version of Sam Alexander here is thankfully different than what is seen on the animated Ultimate Spider-Man series. As a first issue, we get the basics, we are introduced to Sam and get an idea how he becomes Nova. What we dont know is if the series will be based in space, on Earth or both. Ed McGuinness’ art is great as he always manages to capture and depict big action scenes. We’re off to a great start. I was hesitant about actually liking a Nova series with a different Nova but I have to admit I’m hooked so far.

  • 80


    With a solid foundation on the likable, thoughtfully drawn Alexander family, Nova has the potential for greatness. It’s not likely to offer the same inventive space opera elements as Abnett & Lanning wrought while in command of Marvel Cosmic (in fact, Loeb has openly rejected Marvel Cosmic as a pocket unto itself, preferring to extend those characters amnesty into the larger Marvel Universe). The human element is crucial though, and if Loeb and company can maintain those relationships and build upon them with the growing cast, Nova could generate stories as inviting and compelling as what Bendis has cultivated with Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. In a market inundated with darker material, this is welcoming refreshment.

    Keep the light going.

  • 80

    The issue ends on a cliffhanger without having given us too much of where the story is going yet. We don’t know how he is going to become one of the Nova Corps as he hasn’t yet by the issue’s end. We don’t know if he is going to be an Earth or Galaxy based hero. Hell we don’t know if he’s going to be both! What I can tell yout hough is they’ve added just enough interest and intrigue in the first issue to make me want to pickup the second.

  • 80


    I liked this issue, I really did. Loeb tells a delightful tale of a kid forced to be mature for his age to keep his family together. You can tell that Sam feels he has the weight of he world on his shoulders, but he still feels like a kid. Some of his life is a little obvious ” like the school bully or the cute girl with the pink hair and piercings who Sam doesn’t realize is head-over-heels in love with him ” but it’s held together nicely. And the art by McGuinness is fantastic. But that shouldn’t be a surprise. The guy’s a pro.

  • 76


    Now, this is all fine and dandy, but Nova will really need to find its own voice very quickly. I can forgive these familiar story beats in a character’s origin, but once the ball is rolling we’ll need more. I don’t want to read a well-done retread forever. Nova is a character that many people have a lot of love for (myself included), so here’s hoping that its creative team can give us something fresh to grasp onto.

  • 70


    If you’re looking for something to start reading that is a character you haven’t seen in a movie and has a different feel to it compared to the other hero comics, then Nova is a good start. Loeb’s grasp of the characters are the best part of his writing, while the plot feels like a street covered in fog. The artwork by Ed McGuinness is pretty jaw dropping at times but often feels cluttered and out of place. If you’ve been following this new character since he first appeared in Marvel’s comics, this debut issue might bring up a lot of unanswered questions as it did for me, but it gives you plenty of reasons to come back, especially with the ending.

  • 70


    Change is difficult for fans to accept but when you throw your lot in with characters that are not yours to command and dictate the directions of. It’s a natural dilemma all of us face but every time a new version is introduced, separating one’s self in order to give it a chance is a worthy effort. Loeb succeeds in finding an aspect of this new character that I as a reader was able to relate to and thus let the faults of poor dialogue a pass for now. It helps to have a truly winning art team at his side and I look forward to more adventures of Sam Alexander.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    All in all, the new Nova’s debut is good but not spectacular, explaining the change in uniform that was troubling some older fans (admittedly, myself included) but meandering quite a bit in the story being told. Had they not pinned down the past timeframe so precisely (or had Marvel NOW! been a traditional relaunch where the entire continuity is revealed to have shifted/changed) I think the issue would have been much more successful for me, but even taking that out of the equation, I’d have been more satisfied with some actual storytelling “meat” in this first issue. All in all, though, Nova #1 gets you interested in the protagonist (even if he seems pretty harsh and snippy right now), looks good artistically and doesn’t leave me feeling angry like the last couple of projects Jeph has written.

  • 70

    Comics: The Gathering

    There is a little bit of something for everyone though, even if you’re not totally into coming of age stories or angsty teenagers, as Sam’s dad retells his glory days, there are awesome spreads depicting the action in space. Honestly, McGuinness and co. have some phenomenal work and spreads of space depiction and it’s going to be incredibly exciting to see some more of space as Sam grows into his role as Nova, but for now, it’s a great balance between the two.

  • 60


    There’s an awful lot of set-up, and for a cosmic title Nova #1 is light on action and epic space craziness. With so much effort to lay out Sam’s world here you’d expect smoother sailing going forward, except the kid has just had his world turned upside down by a talking raccoon and a green-skinned assassin. For fans.

  • 60


    Nova is a pretty cool character, well the Nova I knew in other stuff, this one is totally new. With Nova #1 we’re giving an origin for this new recruit. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but the framing is interesting for Nova fans. And there inclusion of Rocket Raccoon makes everything okay. The biggest hurdle this series is going to have is the unpredictable Jeph Loeb. Yes he’s a great writer, and has done some seriously influential stories but he’s pretty sporadic and suffers from really bad delays. Remember Ultimate X? If Marvel can keep a decent release schedule for this book, and we get through this origin story quick enough we’re looking a series that could be great. We got to see this Nova in AvX, and he was fun there now we get to see where he came from. And hopefully how he came to be involved in the Phoenix story, well without treading over old ground anyway. I’ll definitely be giving Nova a chance and see where Loeb and McGuinness take the character.

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