Nova #5

Nova #5

Writer: Jeff Loveness, Ramon K. Perez Artist: Ramon K. Perez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 5, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 7
7.9Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

• As more about Richard's time in the Cancerverse comes to the surface, so does whatever darkness is inside him that he's been hiding from his fellow Nova, Sam Alexander.
•  And whatever it is, it's getting hungrier.
Rated T

  • 8.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Apr 5, 2017

    Perez is sold on art here, there weren't any major moments that stood out visually until that last page. The space world building that's been occurring in this series have definitely set an adventurous tone for the book. It will be interesting to see how Rider and Sam face this new obstacle that the universe is bringing to their front door. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Apr 5, 2017

    Overall this is a really good first arc to the series with the book having a lot of potential. Hopefully this is going to be one book that is not going to be bogged down by countless incoming Marvel cross overs, as Spider-man and also Ms Marvel did suffer from during the Civil War era. As much Nova was part of that, he did not get bogged down by the events and can continue to have an independent story from the major going on's in the Marvel universe. Being this is one of the rare books that does this, it is worth picking up, even though it is not without it flaws. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 8, 2017

    The current Nova storyline ends in epic, tragic and dramatic fashion, hopefully signaling more awesomeness to come. Great comic! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Eric Cline Apr 5, 2017

    This is a fun issue, especially art-wise, but the price is a bit steep given how little the plot progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Blair Marnell Apr 6, 2017

    The Novas finally have the right tone, now we just need to see if Rich and Sam will stay in each others' lives. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 10, 2017

    As for Sam, the weight of his heroic mantle, the danger his family finds itself in because of his new ally, and the fact that another Nova has lied to him, is nearly too much for the young hero to bear. I'll be curious to see what this latest betrayal might mean for Sam's psyche going forward. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    tamerlane86 Apr 17, 2017

    As far as character returns go, the Return of Richard Rider is nothing short of surprising. This could end up being a huge middle finger to the fans of Richard Rider in order to push the fanbase towards finally embracing Sam Alexander...or maybe its something more.

    Unlike the return of Quill and Thanos which was almost without consequence or light backstory, Richard's arc for the "price" he had to pay to return is almost frightening. And think about it, he gave his life to save the universe and his friend Peter Quill but his efforts were for naught and Thanos got out of the Cancerverse, leaving Richard holding the bag. And it kind of relates to the Cancerverse story of the "many angled ones" reaching out to a hero in great desperation to become the "Avatar of Life". It happened in The Thanos Imperative with Lord Mar-vell. It could happen to Richard in his lowest point.

    And the ending sequence of Richard finally manning up to the mistake(is wanting to live a mistake? Or is the fear of death cheapening the act of sacrifice?) and resolving to seal himself and the Cancerverse was gut-wrenching...only to have yet another plot-twist.

    I think this book is perhaps the sleeper hit of Marvel's current line. And Jeff Loveness has finally found a way to make Sam palatable by pairing him up with a big brother figure in the form of Richard Rider. Richard becomes the older brother Sam never had and Sam becomes yet another prospective Nova to restart the Nova Corps. Has a bit of a Batman/Robin dynamic.

  • 7.0
    Rick Jonez Apr 9, 2017

    7.25 rounded down. Nice family stress resolution but not much meat to the book save the last page.

  • 6.0
    CrazyforRAMU Oct 31, 2017

    Surprise surprise, Rich is a living door to the Cancerverse and therefore a gigantic threat. He admits this to Sam and tries to sacrifice himself to solve the problem, but there's one last twist. This is a seriously under-finished book, particularly in the art. Ramón Pérez draws beautiful figures, but they're left hanging in featureless ziptone panels for fully half of the book. Granted, Sam and Rich are having a hugely emotional conversation in Sam's backyard, but just blanking all the backgrounds feels like the laziest possible way to downplay that fact.

  • 9.0
    Khan/Murdock Apr 5, 2017

  • 9.0
    NovaRob Apr 12, 2017

  • 8.5
    jmprados Apr 25, 2017

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Apr 5, 2017

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