Nova #1

Nova #1

Writer: Jeff Loveness, Ramon K. Perez Artist: Ramon K. Perez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 12
7.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

CLASSIFIED makes his roaring return to the Marvel Universe! How will Sam Alexander cope with this unfathomable homecoming? It's the return you've all been waiting for. Or is something...else? Strap in True Believer, you've never seen a NOVA book like this before!
Rated T

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Dec 9, 2016

    Nova #1 feels like so much more than a single issue floppy. Loveness and Prez pack quite a bit into one issue, with emphasis on family and legacy. Marvel hasnt shied away from multiple characters with the same name, as heroes appear to be job titles more than characters, but in Nova #1, the distinction is made that there is legacy, connection, and continuity. If nothing else (but trust me when I say theres plenty else) Nova #1 shows readers that Marvel is not afraid of legacy and the story impact it brings. Nostalgia for legacy alone is not the reason you should be checking out Nova #1 though. There are plenty of other reasons, the primary among them being to witness the collaboration of Loveness, Prez, Herring, and Deschesne. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Dec 7, 2016

    This issue was very fun. I'm glad I picked it up and am looking forward to Sam Alexander meeting the original Nova. Sam is a legacy character for Richard but in a sense he's also his own character as he inherited his helmet from Black Ops Novas which were more elite than the corps Rider was apart of. It'll be exciting to see these ranking dynamics play out as well as the gap in experience between the two. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Dec 11, 2016

    There may have not been that much in this issue in regards to progressing the plot, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I, for one, am ready for a Marvel Universe that has two Novas ready to guard the galaxy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Dec 12, 2016

    Even if you're not a Nova fan, give this issue a chance. It's obviously an ideal jumping on point for the series and it may even convert you. The first issue alone warrants investment of time and money into reading later instalments. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 7, 2016

    For longtime readers of our reviews, you’ll know I wasn’t typically a big fan of the previous run on Nova, but I have to say that this first issue has already earned the property another look. Loveless and Perez do a great job at setting up this soon-to-be odd couple by first establishing them as relatable and endearing individuals. There’s a certain sense of joy that comes from the idea of flight, and perhaps Nova’s greatest success as that we clearly see this in both Richard Ryder and Sam Alexander’s faces. When they’re having this much fun, it’s hard for it not to be contagious. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Mopeymac Dec 8, 2016

    Overall this was worth reading and a fun beginning to a fresh start of Nova. I'm curious to find out what's going on with Richard and I want to know if Sam will ever have luck with girls. To go back to what I was saying about nothing really happening. It's a trend I'm seeing a lot of especially coming from Marvel and it's not just with their twice a month books. Books come out after a month nothing happens it feels like the book drags a bit and worst of all what we do get has been done countless times. In Nova #1 not a ton happens but it was still fun, Sam panicking about girls alone made the issue worth it. I hope going forward though that the series picks up some speed and I have a feeling that it will. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Dec 7, 2016

    So buy this book, even if nothing of import really happens. It's just plain fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Dec 8, 2016

    A heartfelt return for both Rich and Sam. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 7, 2016

    The story by Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez has the story off to a strong start (though Young Nova's solution to his cosmic problem is a bit odd, to say the least). Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 8, 2016

    Nova #1 wasn't on my radar, but after reading this first issue, it's a series I'm absolutely coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Dec 8, 2016

    Sam Alexander is a great Nova, but the greatest will always be Rich Rider. The two of them together is a dream come true and this is positively an example of Marvel having its cake and eating it too. Nova #1 could have have been a forced affair, but this issue will leave readers with exactly what they want: the best of both worlds at once. Hopefully, this series builds on what was established here and can become one of Marvel's strongest titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 7, 2016

    Nova #1 offers a few new tricks in a gorgeous visual package. Sam Alexander's life in high school is going to get a whole lot more complicated soon as this issue sets that up well; it does however, run on too long with the high school stuff making the overall package feel short. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 7, 2016

    What could be better than a comic series with Nova? How about a comic series with two Novas? New and old fans can rejoice as the adventures of Sam Alexander continue along side the return another character. Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez are giving the two characters clear and distinct voices. The art and color creates a good atmosphere and tone for the characters. With the questions raised here, there's definitely plenty of reasons to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 15, 2016

    I'll be curious to see how long the comic splits focus between the two characters (possibly leading to a mentor/apprentice relationship like DC's current Blue Beetle comic). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - admin Dec 7, 2016

    Even though Richard Riders return is underwhelming and confusing, Ian Herrings space age color palette and Ramon Perezs blend of cartooning and cosmic radiance in his artwork make Nova #1 worth a glimpse. Plus Sam Alexander is kind of adorkable with his inability to get his life together. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Critical Blast - Critical Blast Staff Dec 12, 2016

    Not a bad comic, but this is mostly just setup. I just doesn't quite feel like you get a full comic here, which is crazy since you have two seperate characters getting the focus here. Hoping this series picks up quickly. It is great to see Richard Rider back though. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 12, 2016

    The mystery behind Rich Rider is compelling, Sam's predicaments are funny, and the art is lots of fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Dec 12, 2016

    For a book that includes Richard Rider on what is essentially his big return to the Marvel universe, Nova #1 includes very little of him. Instead Jeff Loveness and Ramn Prez choose to spend the bulk of the issue with Sam Alexander tracking him through a space-faring adventure with Ego, through to school day mishaps. As a result, the balance that should come from having a primary cast of two space cops isn't there yet, but appears to be fast approaching. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Dec 7, 2016

    If you're a big fan of Nova you will probably really enjoy this issue. I am new to Nova and their part of the Marvel Universe, and in turn felt a little lost. There was just not enough to help out a new reader. That being said it was an alright start and maybe it will pick up in future issues. But will that be too late? Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 12, 2016

    All and all this issue is forgettable. You get too much teenage problems and set up and not enough character information. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 9, 2016

    Nova #1 is a comic book that I came in with high hopes for but was largely disappointed by. While Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez story had a few good points all of the negatives outweighed them all. The lack of importance given to Richard Riders return was a big mistake, as was the lack of background on Sam Alexander. With a hefty $3.99 price point on this comic I do not recommend picking up Nova #1 at all. As a Nova fan I will keep my eye on the series to see if others say it's good to possibly purchase in trade paperback format. But as a monthly series it did not earn a spot on my pull list moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Dec 12, 2016

    Nova #1 was a bit of a let down. This feels like the second issue of a story arc and not an introductory issue. New fans to the series will likely have no idea what is going on and question if they missed something. The art is decent and captures the feel of a fun and carefree series. There is some work to be done for this to be a title that sticks on the shelves. Read Full Review

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