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Nova Volume 2: Rookie Season (Marvel Now): [Paperback]

Zeb Wells , Paco Medina
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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (18 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785168397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168393
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 16.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fails to take off 12 May 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Hmm… I never thought I’d say this, but I miss Jeph Loeb (nose starts bleeding).

Sam Alexander, a 14 year old high schooler, is the new Nova, having activated his drunken old dad’s Nova helmet when his pop went AWOL. In this volume, Sam’s figuring out how to be a superhero in the Marvel Universe, going to NYC and meeting the Superior Spider-Man, before getting drawn into the latest Marvel Event: Infinity. Think Nova’s got the goods to can carry his own title solo? Think again, as Sam’s joined by a pair of obscure characters who draw him into a cosmic teen superhero group, the New Warriors!

I’m not sure if its Zeb Wells’s writing or whether the story Loeb set up just didn’t have enough steam to go the distance, but this second Nova volume is flagging pretty bad. It’s just really, really boring! I kinda like the concept: that they’ve got a cosmic character and have completely grounded him, and Wells is putting in the effort to make sure Sam’s ascent as a hero isn’t too rapid and is semi-believable, so we see him make a lot of mistakes (hence the subtitle “Rookie Season”); it’s just reading it the way Wells has written it is so dull. I think grounding Nova was an interesting angle for the character – I just don’t think that it’s worked.

Part of that is that Sam’s not an interesting protagonist; he’s your average kid reacting to fantastical life changes as you’d expect, and his supporting cast of put-upon single mom, generic lil sis, the impossibly hot emo chick who fancies him because they’re both “outcasts”, and the goofy new buddies, never really light up the page.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fails to take off 12 May 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hmm… I never thought I’d say this, but I miss Jeph Loeb (nose starts bleeding).

Sam Alexander, a 14 year old high schooler, is the new Nova, having activated his drunken old dad’s Nova helmet when his pop went AWOL. In this volume, Sam’s figuring out how to be a superhero in the Marvel Universe, going to NYC and meeting the Superior Spider-Man, before getting drawn into the latest Marvel Event: Infinity. Think Nova’s got the goods to can carry his own title solo? Think again, as Sam’s joined by a pair of obscure characters who draw him into a cosmic teen superhero group, the New Warriors!

I’m not sure if its Zeb Wells’s writing or whether the story Loeb set up just didn’t have enough steam to go the distance, but this second Nova volume is flagging pretty bad. It’s just really, really boring! I kinda like the concept: that they’ve got a cosmic character and have completely grounded him, and Wells is putting in the effort to make sure Sam’s ascent as a hero isn’t too rapid and is semi-believable, so we see him make a lot of mistakes (hence the subtitle “Rookie Season”); it’s just reading it the way Wells has written it is so dull. I think grounding Nova was an interesting angle for the character – I just don’t think that it’s worked.

Part of that is that Sam’s not an interesting protagonist; he’s your average kid reacting to fantastical life changes as you’d expect, and his supporting cast of put-upon single mom, generic lil sis, the impossibly hot emo chick who fancies him because they’re both “outcasts”, and the goofy new buddies, never really light up the page. This is all stuff we’ve seen before, especially that scene where the school bully picks on Sam, a scene that apparently every superhero has to experience to understand why they have to protect the innocent and powerless.

The Infinity stuff was pointless and predictable. Thanos makes a brief appearance before despatching one of his crap death metal band members to send an even lowlier runt to fight Nova. The runt coincidentally also happens to be a teenager like Nova and their fight scenes mirror the earlier one where Sam got beat by the school bully so that Sam can show how he’s “grown” as a character since then.

No part of the book is offensively stupid so I can’t say I hated it, and I do appreciate that Wells is going for a real character arc with Sam, but I wasn’t remotely interested in what was happening any point in the book. I want to like Nova/Sam but I think he’s too constrained by his age and all that it represents. Nova needs to be out in space having intergalactic adventures, not worrying about making it back in time to go to school, do his homework and work his part-time after-school job.

Maybe younger readers will enjoy Nova more but Ms Marvel is another teen superhero and her series is really something, so I think it’s just Nova’s character, or Wells’ rendering of him, that’s lacking. In taking a more grounded approach to Nova, the second volume has failed to take off.
3.0 out of 5 stars Zeb Wells dialogue for teenager Sam Alexander seems spot on, and really gives me a young Peter Parker vibe 2 July 2014
By Matt Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I give this a very strong 3-star rating. I think I could easily be convinced to bring my rating up to 4 stars. Zeb Wells dialogue for teenager Sam Alexander seems spot on, and really gives me a young Peter Parker vibe. I've been enjoying the story of this new Nova, and the addition of characters from the Teen Titan-like team, The New Warriors, was a good touch. I also like how Sam's family members(specifically his mom) are centrals figure in the series.

I didn't like the fact that I felt like I was missing parts of the story. Somewhere, in some comic, Sam was asked to join the Avengers, but I don't really know where this happened. I've never read this.

Sam is slowly coming into his own, and I'm enjoying that aspect of this book.

Two of the issues inside are tie-ins to the 2013 Marvel event, "Infinity." As tie-ins go, I felt like they were well done.

Another surprising member of the Nova cast has been The Watcher, and I really like the relationship that is developing between Uatu and Sam.

This volume successfully made me want to read "The New Warriors" when that trade comes out.
4.0 out of 5 stars The New Nova captures the spirit of Ultimate Spiderman 8 Jun 2014
By Tiger - Published on Amazon.com
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I’m the rare comic book follower who has a history with Spiderman. I owned the original when I was twelve. Marvel rebooted the title and the new Ultimate Peter Parker was a breath of freshness with his teenaged doubts and problems. He only came alive when he was swinging through the canyons of Manhattan or ass-whooping some bad. Ultimate Spiderman and Peter Parker were both entertaining. I think Peter clinging upside down from the ceiling in his boxers with a huge smile on his mug captured the spirit of the series for me.

The new Nova promises to deliver that magic back. The old joke when other heroes and villains alike ask Sam, our new Nova, “Hey wait a minute. How old are you?” or Sam’s statements like, “I have to ask my Mom.” or “I struck-up a personal relationship with a god named Thor, Is that a religion?” I love Sam’s insecurity when chasing robbers in clown outfits and realizing that he’s not really sure what to do when he catches up to them or how this is done. He’s meant to be out in space with the power to battle Thanos. Breaking up bar fights and squabbles for his power level are like swatting flies with a sledgehammer. Yet he, like Ultimate Peter Parker, has no real mentor. The mistakes he makes are fun and a little dumb but in an entertaining way. And I love that he’s Hispanic without culture message being overbearing.

Writer Zeb Wells and artists Paco Medina and Carlo Barberi do a great job. In the old Batman/Robin/Superman days, Robin looked like a shorter version of adults; huge chests, muscles and self-confidence to match. Sam is not drawn a skinny teen but energetic and full of life. Like Ultimate Spiderman of old, he’s a bit of a wiseguy and admits his doubts when he is getting in over his head.

LIke some comments from others, it’s ten issues in and nothing really has happened. Sam’s wondering why there is no welcoming parade for him on fifth avenue in NYC. or respect for him in Los Angeles. Its a fun aside but could be trimmed down to get to a REALLY EXCITING FIGHT THAT IS COMING where he saved his Mom and sister from a really bad space bitch. The introduction of Speedball and Justice is fun- we all have had friends who inserted themselves into our lives uninvited but Sam/Nova needs to get into space, he’s just too big for Arizona and we all know it.

I have picked-up these two Nova graphic novels and have ordered the third. The new Nova promises to be a great series if Marvel learns its lessons from doomed series like ‘The Runaways’ and ‘Young Avengers’; More young adventurer and less CW teen soap opera with gay overtones.
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