Nova #8 (Marvel)

Nova 8

Rating: 4/5 – A fresh new hero in the Marvel Universe.

I’ve really enjoyed Nova since it launched earlier this year under the creative team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness.  Since they’ve left, although the pace of the series has gotten a little slower, it still remains a fun and exciting book.  The new creative team of Zeb Wells and Paco Medina are making this book their own.  In the case of Medina, although I was sad to see McGuiness leave for the X-Books, I feel that  Medina’s art is a better fit not only for the young hero, but for the overall feel and tone of the book.

Nova number eight is an Infinity tie-in that has Thanos sending a killer after Nova to eliminate any potential/future threats from the Nova Corps.  That killer happens to be a young soldier of Proxima Midnight called Kaldera.  Although we don’t get to see too much of her in this issue, she seems as though she’ll be a worthwhile new villain not only for Nova, but for the Marvel Universe as well.  We also get to see the continuing story of a potential New Warriors reunion, as Speedball and Vance Astrovik continue their investigation into this new Nova.  These “new warrior” interactions add some humor to the book and gives it the lighter feel this series seems to embrace.

That same lighter feel can be found in the art.  As mentioned above, Medina’s art is a great fit for this book.  Medina’s lines are clean, he’s able to make the younger cast look young, and along with colorist David Curiel who’s been coloring the book since issue one, the colors really pop.  This book looks great and proves why inkers on books are so valuable.  The character’s have the depth and definition and when you compare this book with other monthlies that go straight from the pencil to the colors.  You can really tell the difference.  The only issue that I had with the art is that Proxima Midnight and Corvius Glaive don’t look as threatening in this style.  It’s a small complaint that in no way detracts from the overall package.

Nova is a fun book with a great creative team.  As this book goes on, the reader will become more attached to this young Nova as he starts to learn just what it takes to be a hero.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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