Monday, July 25, 2016

Nova #9 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Mondays

All By Myself

Written By: Sean Ryan
Art By: R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Andres Mossa
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoiler and Score At The Bottom*

The previous issue of Nova really showed us how younger heroes like Nova have been dealing with the Civil War II crossover. Nova has been struggling with his own identity as a superhero and this event that has shaken the Marvel universe has left him alone. He feels that need to be a hero and help people but he’s just a kid. It’s a story that almost every single hero will go through. The time in which the question of who they are and whether they should be doing what they are doing. For a lot of heroes, they are able to lean on their friends and family but Sam’s family doesn’t want him to be Nova and his friends are nowhere to be seen. So does Sam find the answer that he has been looking for in the latest issue of Nova? Let’s find out.

Where we left Nova, he had just witnessed Mole Monster emerge from the ground and had sprung into action. Despite Nova’s actions, he is unable to defeat Mole Monster on his own and is desperate to call out to any of the other Avengers. After a few more minutes of fighting, Nova is able to knock Mole Monster from the beast which forces him to retreat. The beast, however, now has no sense of direction and thus begins to rampage across the city. Nova tries to fight him but he is knocked into a nearby bar where a hero named The Captain is drinking. The two speak for a moment before another tremor caused by the beast causes The Captain to spill his drink. Now he’s willing to fight.

With the help of The Captain, Nova is able to finally defeat the beast. In the aftermath of the attack, The Captain and Nova talk and The Captain tells him about how he used to be a hero and fight crime but, for whatever reason, he had been abandoned by his fellow heroes or even seen as a villain by others. He warns Sam about the future and that he will soon find himself alone and that he may be better off that way. Sam returns home and speaks to his mom who is dealing with some bills. He tells her that he has been taking being Nova more seriously and that he is trying to find out how his helmet works. However, he tells her that if he can’t find the information, he will quit being Nova. That is where the comic leaves us.

This is a great issue and one that gives us a classic story. Should a superhero remain a superhero? Every hero has gone through a moment where they think they might be better off if they simply stop being their alter ego. Probably the most popular version of this story was given to us in Spider-Man 2. Much like that movie, Sam is going through an internal crisis and he feels alone and abandoned and ultimately, it is causing him to think about whether he should really even be Nova. In addition, we got some awesome action in this issue as Nova and The Captain took on Mole Monster. I also can’t rave about the art enough in this book. It really is gorgeous and I think it fits so perfectly with the tone and feel of the book.

Bits and Pieces:

The latest Civil War II tie-in from Nova gives us a really important story to his character and a very interesting take on how younger heroes fit into this crossover event. These kids are supposed to be equal members of the Avengers and yet some of them (mostly Nova) are being left out of one of the biggest issues in their universe. In addition, the art is incredibly impressive and really makes this book something special.


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