Nova #4

Writer: Jeph Loeb Artist: Ed McGuinness Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 15, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 5
7.1Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The mysteries surrounding the disappearance of Sam’s dad deepen and the helmet leads Nova into intergalactic conflict that will affect the entire Marvel Universe!

  • 8.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey May 15, 2013

    Once again, Ed McGuinness works his awesome magic in this issue. The book has a widescreen feel, with pages often having no more than 4 panels. There's lots of room for the artwork to breathe and the art team takes advantage of that. This format really clicks with McGuinness' style and makes for a face paced, breezy read. The action is rarely confined to the panels, with characters often breaking free, giving an added layer of depth to the pages. It's really, really well done. It won't take you long to read this issue, but it's a nice ride while you're on it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson May 21, 2013

    Striving towards top-billing on Marvel's admittedly meagre Cosmic line-up, Nova continues to gather an impressive amount of momentum. It's got a likeable lead cast in a revenge story with a twist, all set against a backdrop of bold, boisterous action. Sam Alexander may not change the world but I'm having a great time watching him save it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Jun 26, 2013

    Its amazing how great McGuinness makes the furious one eyed space tiger Titus look. It is a shame however how many close ups there are of Sam, not to say that theyre bad but he is at his best when its just him and everything that surrounds him like the vastness of space. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 15, 2013

    NOVA continues to be a fun and enjoyable title. Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness are making Sam Alexander into a great character. So many of today's comics have such dark tones and themes, it's refreshing to have a comic with a lighter feel. There are still some slightly mature themes entrenched here but the enthusiasm and design of Sam makes you feel a little warm inside. Sam is a character I want to see more of in the Marvel Universe. I just hope anyone that may work on the character uses the same care and understanding that Loeb and McGuinness currently are. The book has a big epic feel. The only problem is the story feels like it rushes by with too much happening too quickly. This just means we need more NOVA. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 22, 2013

    The story gets a little sloppy int the middle, and there's no Rocket Raccoon, but the series continues to be fun and high-spirited, and promises more of Titus and a perhaps even a direct attack on Sam's family in the next issue. That, along with some more great art by Ed McGuinness, is enough to make me come back next month for more. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Stuart Conover May 19, 2013

    While one has to wonder where the two Guardians went off to the build up is still solid and there has been some great scenes and shots that lead me to ask how the hell he's going to get out of this mess next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee May 16, 2013

    Overall though, Sam Alexander’s youth is a charming prospect to have as our new Nova. His brashness is what one would expect of a teen given the power of flight (among other things) and has yet to become tiresome as he tries to fill in not only his father’s helmet, but the rest of the Nova Corps. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski May 17, 2013

    Nonetheless, “Nova” is a fine coming-of-age story. A kid around Sam Alexander's age couldn't help but identify with him. Loeb and McGuinness have relaunched a property that could have kids pretending to don the Nova helmet to dart around their backyards. The approach that this creative team is perhaps the most simple of the ‘Marvel Now!” titles, but it's also one of the most elegant. “Nova” is about a boy, his dad, and a thirst for adventure. For pure escapism, you could do a lot worse than Loeb and McGuinness' “Nova.” Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 17, 2013

    With Sam back on Earth and his opponent in the vicinity of his family, this story seems headed for predictability. Luckily for readers, Loeb and McGuinness have a knack for finding the fun, bigscreen moments in predictable stories and extrapolating on those to celebrate the awesomeness and wow factor contained in comic book adventures, essentially transforming predictability into novelty and fun. Sam's amazement as things unfold around him, coupled with the expanding vastness, provide plenty of grist for the creative mill and I am eager to see what the duo does next. This series has certainly been big and fun and "Nova" #4 is a prime example of why. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - David Brooke May 15, 2013

    Things are coming together and I want to keep reading, but dang do they give you a meager amount of story per issue. Chris Claremont must be rolling his eyes in disgust! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 May 18, 2013

    Eh, this issue kind of fell flat for me.  I think my problem with it was the heavy focus on Titus, and the lack of focus on Sam.  I've said it in past issues, it's more the character than the story that I'm enjoying here, and this issue really hammers that home for me.  Besides that, what the hell happened to Rocket and Gamora?!  They send an untested Nova after the Chitauri and then vanish?  What a pair of jerks! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 19, 2013

    The introduction of a new anti-villain/anti-hero might give the series a bit more direction at this point, but it is worrying that it has taken well over 80 pages to get here. At the end of the day, we are still suckers for Marvel's cosmic universe and will see this through to the bitter end. We hope there's a creamy and sweet centre. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Read Comic Books - Andrea Shockling May 16, 2013

    Ed McGuinness,Dexter Vines and Marte Gracia make the frustrating story work visually, of course. The strong character design and color choices inNova are a major reason why the book deserves attention, even in the face of the story problems in this issue. And there is still plenty of time for Sam to fulfill my Peter Parkian dreams – the snark is there, the self-doubt is bubbling beneath the surface, and it is loads of fun to read along as he gets comfortable in his new superhero skin. I just wish Jeph Loeb had as much confidence in Sam's ability to make smart choices as his dad did leaving him the helmet. It's a lot to live up to. Here's hoping he gets back on track next month. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 16, 2013

    While the story is far from sophisticated, McGuinness fans will likely still be on-board " that all said, a bit more complexity would do Nova a world of good. Read Full Review

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