Okay, he isn't a Brit but the ideals and concepts appeal to many across the globe - from my own contribution to the Nova mythos with Nova 619 - many artists taking part are from different nationalities and continents - from South America to Australia and many for the upcoming 5th Anniversary season are from my native England - and the common denominator is that irrespective of how little or how much their own Nova knowledge is - or if they're fans or not - they share a mutual respect for the character and the concepts Marv Wolfman crafted in the 70's and updated by Giffen in Annihilation.
Your 6 points are spot on; I get to see the film today - four hours and counting - and I'm going probably more to see the Nova Corps on the screen than Rocket and Groot - okay no powers but they're on the big screen; who'd though that would ever happen.
And yes the figure, his release as a variant Rich Rider playable model in Marvel Heroes and the upcoming GOTG trilogy (which I agree has everyone on tenderhooks) means that even so we've become in part a divided fan base since the controversial introduction of Sam Alexander into the fold - at the end of the day, we're all fans of the buckethead wherever we happen to be.
: When my dad was a teenager, he was working at
: a retail store and saw the 1st issue of a
: new comic book, ďThe Man Called Nova.Ē He
: had been a comic-book fan but had never been
: a collector, and decided it would be cool to
: collect a new series from the first issue
: onward. He had heard how much the first
: issues of Spider-Man sold for and though
: that it may even end up as a good investment
: someday. He collected the entire series,
: including the FF and ROM comics that
: continued the story.
: When I was 12 years old, I was just getting
: in to comic books (I had been into Marvel
: for years, since I was raised in the era of
: the excellent FOX X-Men, Spider-Man and
: Iron Man cartoons). My dad gave me his box
: of Nova comics to read. They werenít worth
: enough money to sell, and he wanted me to
: have them to enjoy instead. They were the
: only 70ís era comics I had read, but I read
: them all and loved them. I even made a
: custom Nova action figure out of a Magneto
: helmet and an X-Man action figure (nothing
: like the ones Iíve seen online, but I was
: happy with it).
: Neither of us knew about the 1994 Nova run,
: so we thought it was just a Ďdeadí franchise
: from the 70ís. I was startled when I saw
: Nova The Human Rocket #1 at the bookstore a
: few years later, and immediately bought 2
: copies. I collected the rest of the
: all-too-short run. Almost a decade later, I
: was thrilled when Annihilation took my
: favorite hero and propelled him to a place
: of honor in-comic and a place of commercial
: viability in-real-life. I bought almost the
: entire post-annihilation run in TPB (still
: trying to get hold of Volume 6), including
: Like many of you, I was miffed when Nova
: showed up on TV and in the comics a few
: years later with a new look and a new name.
: I bought the new Nova #1, but havenít bought
: another since. Unlike some, I donít hate the
: Sam character, and Iím very much on the
: fence about whether to buy them in TPB
: (theyíre on sale on Amazon right now, tooÖ).
: Iíve been a Nova fan since 1998, and in
: spirit since 1976. And in my opinion, there
: are at least 6 reasons why this is one of
: the best times to be a fan.
: 1. The Nova Corps was in a movie! A real
: I put this one first because I canít place
: enough emphasis on how awesome this is. A
: few weeks ago I didnít know another person
: IRL who knew who the Nova Corps were, or
: recognized the names Xandar or Rhomann Dey.
: Now that GotG has been released to critical
: acclaim and commercial success, those names
: are everywhere. Yes, some people take issue
: with how they were portrayed in the movie;
: Iím sure fans of Ronan can commiserate. But
: for me, itís pretty awesome seeing something
: Iíve loved since I was a kid on screen, even
: if itís a different version than what Iím
: used to. Watching GotG last week was like
: watching the first X-Men when it hit
: theatres, when I first thought to myself,
: ďwow, itís a great time to be geek!Ē
: The other thing thatís important here is
: that these were the Nova characters we
: wanted. No, we didnít get a Richard Rider
: post-credits scene. But we got characters
: named Dey, Rael, Saal. We got Knowhere and
: Cosmo and Xandar. We got places and ideas
: and characters from the Richard Rider/Nova
: mythos, that had originally appeared in our
: Nova comics. What didnít we get? We didnít
: get Black Ops Novas, or characters named
: Jess or Titus or Sam. We didnít get Novaís
: powered by their helmets. We didnít get a
: post-credits scene in Carefree, Arizona. If
: a version of Nova makes it to the big
: screen, itís still a toss-up (as far as I
: can tell) as to which Nova it is; and now,
: not only is Rich still in the game, he
: actually has a leg up.
: 2. Guardians of the Galaxy is great AND made
: Thatís great news for two reasons. First, I
: know a lot of Nova fans who are also GotG
: fans, and as a GotG fan myself it was and is
: pure joy to hear the rest of the world
: talking about Starlord, Rocket Raccoon,
: Gamora, Drax and Groot. Groot, people! I
: know some purists were unhappy with the
: movie, and Iím sorry about that; I know some
: people have felt the same way about Iron
: Man, Thor, etc. But overall, this is a GOOD
: thing for Marvel cosmic fans, and for fans
: of the post-Annihilation era in particular.
: Who knows, GotG 2 may drift even closer to
: the source material, and we may even see a
: certain bucket-headed human rocket before
: itís all over.
: And thatís the second reason this is so
: awesome for us; the only way a Nova movie
: will EVER get made is if people prove they
: would be willing to pay money to see it.
: Marvel just announced that they have the MCU
: planned out from now until my kids are both
: teenagers, and Iíd put the odds of one of
: those being The Man Called Nova at about 0.
: Or O%. Or however you do ďoddsĒ (itís a
: ratio, right?). Maybe you guys know better,
: but for me, a Nova movie is still firmly in
: the Ďkeep dreamingí category. But if the
: GotG movies keep making money, absolutely
: anything could happen.
: 3. Itís OK that James Gunn isnít a Nova fan.
: Yes, he said that thing about not like
: Novaís helmet and it made us all sad. But as
: many other people have pointed out, heís not
: the right guy to direct a Nova movie anyway.
: If Marvel plans for Nova to become a major
: motion picture character, then itís going to
: happen, and itís going to happen in GotG
: first. But if Nova gets his own movie, itís
: going to need to be a much more serious
: film, and there are directors out there more
: suited for it (even though I thought GotG
: was awesome).
: 4. We got a really good Nova Prime Marvel
: Legends figure.
: I know this is switching gears, but I am
: REALLY excited about this. We got a decent
: Nova Prime figure with the Marvel Universe
: line last year, but this 6Ē scale figure
: really adds something special to my Nova
: collection. I bought two, because the little
: Nova is one of my 2 year old daughterís
: favorite toys and Iíd like to keep at least
: one of the big figures in some sort of
: display condition. Add to this the fact that
: the figure out-sold all the other figures in
: the series, and you really have an
: opportunity for us to show Marvel that we
: are willing to reward them financially when
: they honor our favorite hero.
: 5. Nova Prime is featured in Guardians of
: the Galaxy #18-21.
: Speaking of which, I know weíll all be
: purchasing the upcoming Original Sin tie-in
: that finally tells us what happened in the
: Cancer-Verse, even if itís just to complete
: our collections (maybe once and for all). It
: will be interesting to see how much of a
: jump in sales that book gets over the next 3
: months. To me, this is the big one. I know
: that thereís a difference of opinion here,
: but I am not dreading these comics at all.
: First, I really do believe thereís a good
: chance that Rich is going to be coming back,
: in one form or another. I know a lot of Nova
: fans just donít trust Marvel enough to let
: themselves be optimistic here, and maybe
: thatís wiser; but I have a hard time
: believing that they would keep dropping
: hints about Rich, bringing him up in the new
: comics, and then finally feature him in a
: 3-part story-line (on the cover with THANOS,
: no less) just to pour salt on our wounds.
: Maybe Iím wrong, maybe Marvel really, REALLY
: dislikes us because of how vocally critical
: parts of our community have been of NINO and
: the creative team and marketing push behind
: him. Maybe they are happy without us buying
: their comic books with our stupid money and
: want to stick it to us. If thatís the case,
: Iíd honestly STILL prefer to see my
: characterís fate and get some closure, than
: just have him ignored and pushed to the
: side. NOTHING is more infuriating than
: obtuse silence, in my opinion. The fact that
: they havenít been pretending Richard Rider
: never existed is, IMO, a very good sign.
: If Rich does come back (and I mean, really
: come back), then this is GREAT timing,
: especially considering the release of the
: movie and a new action figure and everything
: else that is going on. Altogether, it would
: be a like a 3-month long Nova gift package
: from Marvel to us. A gift of reconciliation,
: perhaps? If that best-case scenario does
: happen, some of us are still going to gripe
: about how it all went down. But Iím hoping
: that most of us can just be happy. Whether
: they planned this all along and we got
: Ďpunkedí majorly, or if this is just a big
: company thinking about the bottom line and
: finally deciding not to alienate a group of
: long-time readers, the end results will be
: good news for us, and Iíll reward them for
: it. If they do bring him back, Iíve got all
: of the new Nova TPBís on hold; Iíd like to
: have those in my collection as well, if Rich
: makes it through this.
: 6. Nova is going to be a playable character
: in Marvel Heroes!
: This is the minor one for me, because I
: donít play the game, but I think itís worth
: pointing out. Based on what I read, they
: arenít just releasing the Sam character with
: an alternative costume; thereís actually
: going to be a new build, new voice acting;
: everything. I donít honestly know enough
: about the game to add anything here, but
: from what Iíve read it sounds like the
: timing of this release was important, and is
: coming right in the midst of the Original
: Sin GotG tie-in.
: Granted, some of the fans on the gameís
: forums think this was added mainly because
: of public demand. But thatís good, too; it
: means part of Marvel is willing to listen to
: fans. If they DO get rid of Rich in the
: comics (ďfor goodĒ), I may have to start
: playing Marvel Heroes.
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