The First 10: Nova

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The first ten issues of a comic are important. They establish what the book will be, and whether it will be a success. Whether it runs a hundred and twenty issues or only eleven, those first ten issues are well worth looking at. So that’s what I want to do.

The last time I did this, I looked at the Marvel British X-Men spin-off Excalibur. But for this one, we’re going a little more modern. After Annihilation, Marvel Cosmic was deemed successful, and they launched the Abnett and Lanning Nova book, which I love a whole bunch. It ran 36 issues, beginning in June of 2007 and ending in June of 2010. Let’s look at the first ten issues, and see where it takes us. Probably to space, I’m guessing.


1. What’s Next

Writers: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Artist: Sean Chen

Well, holy hell, that’s one breakneck first issue. Like, if you ever wanted to see hit the ground running, leave this book alone, because this is hit the ground SPRINTING.

In the aftermath of Annihilation, Richard Rider is the last remaining Nova Corpsman. The Worldmind – the computer mind that previously ran all of Xandarian culture – is locked in his head, but after the horrors of Annihilation, the galaxy is in crisis. Richard frantically shoots from one crisis to another in an attempt to handle every distress call. But it’s running him ragged, and Worldmind is begging him to take some time off. After handling two crises and failing a third, Richard tries to take a shortcut on his way to the next disaster, and runs too close to a gravimetric event.

He barely survives that, so he decides to return to Earth for a short time to recuperate. But his arrival attracts the attention of Iron Man, who’s fresh from the Civil War and beginning his new position as Director of SHIELD.

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