Nova #2

Nova #2

Writer: Jeph Loeb Artist: Ed McGuinness Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 20, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 3
7.4Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

A boy, a helmet, and an intergalactic legacy!Sam Alexander isn’t just any 15-year old, he’s just been recruited to the Nova Corps: the Universe’s police force.What do you get when you pair a raccoon, a green alien lady and a scared teenager? An amazingly awesome origin tale!

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - Robert O'Doherty Mar 22, 2013

    This book moves at a fast pace, but it works. I wish the New 52 Shazam would take this approach I love the story, but it moves too slowly (its been over a year and Shazam hasnt fought Black Adam). An origin story needs to move at an acceptable pace or it fades out. Jeph Loeb accomplishes a respectable origin story over two issues and leaves a cliffhanger that warrants a purchase of issue #3. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Mar 21, 2013

    I may have had my fair share of problems the quality of Loeb/McGuinness collaborations in the past but I can't deny the youthful, optimistic force of nature that is Nova. It's a book where the hero, the audience and the creative team are all invited to share in the same levels of unbridled fun, and as such it inhabits its own particular niche on the stands. It may be too light and frothy for some, but anyone who's still a kid at heart will find much to like. Keep it comin' Ed and Jeph"keep it comin'. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 25, 2013

    Although the origins of the Nova character are little more than a ripoff of Green Lantern (human given magic artifact by dying alien to join an intergalactic space peace keeping force), the choice here to use a less dickish version of the Ultimate Spider-Man TV-show‘s Nova works really well. With Sam's origin now established, I can't wait to see where things go from here. Best of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Kassim Mirza Mar 21, 2013

    All in all, buy this comic if you are remotely a fan of Nova or the cosmic side of Marvel. If you're a new reader and you're looking to break into Nova and space, you can pick up this title as well! I'd recommend to both reader's that they also pick up Nova #1 since the future of the series really relies on reading from the beginning. Honestly, stop reading this review and go pick this book up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Mar 21, 2013

    I honestly don't think this issue was much different than the last. I think if you liked #1 chances are you enjoyed #2 as well. Sam is still a likable character. I'm still rooting for him. The art is still great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 20, 2013

    NOVA is shaping up to be a fun new title as Jeph Loeb shapes Sam into a likable new hero. Ed McGuinness' art and Marte Gracia's colors add to the fun factor by giving us great visuals to go with the story. We're still in the learning phase of this new Nova so we get to see him get accustomed to everything. It's not fully clear where this title will go in the future and why it has a T rating. Because Sam is still learning about his new situation, we don't have a lot of major plot development going on just yet. Gamora and Rocket Raccoon appear but don't get the opportunity to make their roles clear to Sam. If things continue, this could easily become one of my favorite titles. Yes I want to see Richard Rider back (I tried to avoid bringing him up) but Sam is on his way to becoming a great new character in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Mar 20, 2013

    Nova #2 is a spectacular follow up to last month's launch, in a way that makes it near impossible to wait and see what happens next for this property. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Mar 21, 2013

    Good stuff here. Sam is still really likable, and I like the pace at which Loeb is telling this story.  I like the focus being on Sam, and not on any villains.  Build up the character first, and then bring on the bad guys!  If I had a complaint, it would be Rocket going all rabid on Sam, but maybe he IS rabid...  I mean he is a raccoon and all...  But yeah, good strong work here leaves me with no complaints. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Andrea Shockling Mar 21, 2013

    Nova is shaping up to be a fun story, mostly because following Sam along as he discovers the full range of his new abilities is liable to be both entertaining and humorous. It's a nice diversion from the more serious universe-ending stuff happening in the main Avengers books, but not so steeped in history like the other solo titles. Probably many of the things about Nova that make it almost all-ages appropriate as well as very new reader friendly could be a turn off to seasoned fans more accustomed to epic storylines. But if you're looking to inject a little lightness into your sophisticated comics palate, Nova might just be good one to pick up this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Mar 23, 2013

    Coupled with Guardians of the Galaxy and the events of Age of Ultron, we get the feeling that this will serve as one of the major titles for Marvel in 2013 and beyond, so you may as well jump aboard now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 21, 2013

    Quite simply, this comic book is big screen wow. Loeb and McGuiness make "Nova" #2 a fun comic simply for the sake of having fun. Ringing up at four bucks, yes, "Nova" #2 is a little on the pricey side for what it is, but in my case, I'm reading the digital version and giving the floppy to my twelve-year-old daughter who loves this comic. If nothing else, Loeb and McGuiness have found a fan in what used to be the target audience of every comic company: tweens. That said, I think I might just go re-read this, sprawled out on the living room floor with my dog by my side, remembering what comics were like when they initially seized my imagination. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Mar 20, 2013

    Ed McGuinness' art shines, as usual. With inks by Dexter Vines and colors by Marte Gracia, Nova #2 is a slick looking comic book that has tons of visual character. The art is barely contained by the panels most of the time, especially once Sam puts on the helmet for the first time. He flies through the pages, jumping through borders and gutters. The reader can feel that energy and magic, which is exactly how they should feel when they read a comic book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Mar 20, 2013

    When he's listening to a message that his father recorded that could only be heard should the worst happen and it is the only real time throughout that Sam is sympathetic to because at the end of the day hes still a child and his father has gone missing and McGuinness draws him responding accordingly.Take that out and its just down to Sam being a miserable brat and if it wasnt for the Nova scenes with him flying really giving McGuiness isnt left with very much to work with. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Mar 22, 2013

    Nova #2 is a little more evenly paced than the first issue. And while it's clear that we're in for a five issue origin story (which I would ordinarily complain about) there's something about the tone and the characterizations (not to mention the great art from McGuinness, Vines, and Garcia) that's got me right now. I love the new Nova uniform, and as far as I'm concerned, there aren't many out there who can do over the top, big budget superhero action like Ed McGuinness. Nova looks like it'll be a fun book. I just hope that we can kinda accelerate Sam's discovery of everything he can do so that things can really pick up. Nova #2 is making us take our "origin story medicine" right now, but I suspect that before this arc is finished, we'll be on to the good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Mar 21, 2013

    As far as Sam goes, he's nothing special. I was hoping for some real emotional nuance with this series, but all Sam has going for him is generic teenage angst and a contrived situation that doesn't make much sense. His dad's only been missing for a matter of days and now he's supposedly dead? Wait, what? Where did that come from? Loeb isn't doing himself any favors by keeping readers in the dark; we've been waiting to learn who the new Nova is since Marvel Point One over a year ago. It's about damn time we got the story, and now Jeph Loeb wants to spend six issues outlining the character's origin. Bluuuuuhhhhh.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 23, 2013

    I still think this has the potential to be a great series, but Nova takes a few missteps in its second issue. Too much time is spent with Sam just sort of talking to the Nova helmet and trying to figure out his new powers all on his lonesome. We don't really learn anything new about him as a character or the plot in these scenes. I guess it works as something of an introduction to Nova, but I didn't need one of those. And I think a lot of this could have been figured out in the company of Rocket Raccoon and Gamora, or at least some kind of fight. And speaking of which, why did the two of them take off so quickly without explaining anything? Gamora says Sam is their “last, best hope”, yet they ditch him almost immediately. Why is that? Anyway, this series has a lot of potential, but it needs to really pick up the pace a little. And I think it's a little too early for Sam to have anything to do with the freakin' Watcher. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Stuart Conover Mar 23, 2013

    I think the main problem I have with this series so far is that it's an origin story being told before the events of AVX that we're reading months after. It's going to be hard to fit him into the current time slot until he's caught up to that and even after it's hard to see how they can develop him enough in that time to make him interesting. They are going to have to rush to the events in AVX if they want him to have any real active role in the current Marvel timeline. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 22, 2013

    This second issue lost something along the way though, it started out pretty cool with Gamora and Rocket Racoon, but that's about where it ended. The rest just didn't feel like a Marvel book, and it wasn't all that interesting. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Kenneth Bowden Mar 25, 2013

    Bottom line the only way I could possibly recommend this book is for anyone who wants to find a comic appropriate for young kids and I mean like kids who just learned or are learning how to read. If you're a serious reader of comics then just step away from this one. This isn't necessarily the worst book Loeb has ever done, I mean he ruined an entire franchise with Ultimates 3 but then topped that by ruining an entire line of comics with Ultimatum, but still I cannot and will not recommend this book to anyone who enjoys quality comics. If ya get a copy for free or something I'd say leave this puppy on the back of your toilet so next time you drop a deuce BAM you don't even need teepee for your bunghole cuz ya got twenty odd jumbo sheets in waiting for ya already. Read Full Review

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