Nova #14 (Marvel)


Rating: 3/5 – Feels lighter and all ages, in both story and art.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

Nova number fourteen continues the storyline where Nova, and the welcomed Beta Ray Bill go after the slave trading and deceiving Captain Skaarn.  This issue is heavy on action and space drama, bringing in some fun locations and a character we haven’t seen since the pre-MarvelNOW Guardians of the Galaxy series.  It was an enjoyable read, but feels different from most of the All-New MarvelNOW books.  This issue felt like it was written, and especially drawn with an all ages feel.  That’s not a bad thing, but it does feel a bit out of place when compared to something like Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy book.

Nova and Beta Ray Bill have been searching for Skaarn after Nova naively helped him and subsequently and mistakenly let him go a few issues ago.  In order to rectify his mistakes he decides to go after Skaarn with all he’s got.  That search leads him to a familiar setting if you were a fan of the Guardian series from a few years back, where an obviously Star Wars inspired scene takes place that ramps up the action and tension.  Writer Gerry Duggan’s previous stories felt larger, with more sweeping consequences than this one.  This story has got a compelling little subplot going on throughout, but ultimately feels safe and less edgy.

The art by guest artist David Baldeon is a fun style that fits the story, but is a style that is reminiscent of the Marvel Adventures line of books that cater to all ages readers.  Beta Ray Bill doesn’t look as menacing nor as powerful as he could, and the action scenes don’t look as dangerous or threatening.  The art, while well done, even when compared to main artist Paco Medina’s cartoony style, seems one more suited to a book targeted at a younger audience because of the lighter feel.  This issue is well put together, but not something I’d recommend as a must read.  There seems to be some big plans for Nova in the upcoming months as we get closer to the announced Original Sin storyline.  This issue feels like a stepping stone to bigger things to come.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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