- Series: Nova
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (January 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785160280
- ISBN-13: 978-0785160281
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nova used the Spider-Man blueprint that was so successful for Lee and Ditko in the previous decade. Nova would be something of a teenage loser who would have great powers thrust upon him. He would accept the responsibilities that come with those powers while accepting the havoc they could create in his personal life. That personal life would be filled with the problems of teenagers everywhere - school, girls, friends, bullies, parents, siblings, etc. He would accumulate a rogues gallery of villains whom he would be forced to deal with time and again.
The result is somewhat uneven. One of the problems is that writer Marv Wolfman doesn't quite have the handle on the loser condition that Steve Ditko had. Ditko realized that problems relating to girls and friends were par for the course for the introverted Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and that having super-powers and fighting crime just exacerbates that condition. Wolfman seems to think that even losers have loyal friends and a loyal girlfriend and are just plagued by bad grades and parents that expect more from him. One really doesn't sympathize with Wolfman's Richard Rider the way one did with Ditko's Peter Parker.
The superheroics were only barely average as well. Condor is no Vulture, Diamondhead no Sandman, and the Sphinx no Green Goblin. The various other plots woven into the struggle with the above group are fairly lame as well. The whole Megaman story was very weak and somewhat silly. The fight with Thor, as most hero vs. hero fight are, was very contrived. The final crossover with Spider-Man was also weak.
Nevertheless, the book can be recommended. Wolfman does not rise to his later Teen Titans success but the stories are not without charm and interest. Sal Buscema's artwork suits the material perfectly.