Rating: 3/5 – A Series that Lacks Direction.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Nova number ten takes us out of the Civil War II storyline and back into what’s been “normal” for the young Nova, Sam Alexander. After reading this tenth issue, I’m still questioning just which direction this book is headed in. It seems that either this book being forced to tie into the big Civil War II event disrupted it’s momentum and overarching story, or writer Sean Ryan and editors decided to take a pretty big and unexpected detour before heading back on the main path. Either way, since issue seven of this series there’s been no clear direction.
In order to explain and review this book, we have to take a step back, specifically to issue seven. At the end of that issue, Nova is sitting with is mom and explaining to her that he’s leaving earth to go and find his dad. Spoilers ahead in case you haven’t read this series, but it turned out that the person who he thought was his dad who returned at the beginning of this series was actually a clone, created by the Chiutari in order to take the Nova helmets for their own use. There’s a particular panel before he leaves where he tells his mom, “I don’t know how long it will take, but I don’t think I can come back until I find him.” Then on the last page he calls Iron Man and says “I’m going to find him…and I’m not coming home until I do!” and blasts off into space. That would give all indications that this story is headed in that direction right? With Sam headed into space to find his missing father…right?
The next two issues…Sam is back on earth smack dab in the middle of the Civil War, and even talking to his mom during breaks in the action…without any mention of his dad. Then at the end of issue nine, him and his mom are in the kitchen discussing that he needs to find the source of his helmet’s power, and if he doesn’t, he’ll stop being Nova. Wait…what? Did he forget his dad? Would he stop being Nova before he begins to look for his dad again? Now, onto issue number ten where it opens up with Sam in school, then back at home before blasting off into space to find the source of his helmet’s power. Didn’t he just leave on a mission completely different than this one? I’m just not sure where this series is going and this issue takes us in a direction that’s different than the one which I was excited about that we were given before.
Each of these issues, as well as this one have been solid reads, but without that one direction I can’t help but feel as though the writers and editors aren’t on the same page. I actually enjoyed this issue once he got into space and the ending was pretty great for longtime Nova fans, but my confidence on just where we’re headed has faded. This issue is a solid read if you haven’t read the prior nine issues, but to be honest, this series and the continuity within feels like an absolute mess. Let’s hope that this issue is the beginning of getting this series back on track.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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