Rich's Nova Prime uniform has inexplicably changed. The starburst on the helmet is curved like Sam's and the starburst on his back is missing. The lines down his legs are there in the artwork, but the colorist missed them and colored them blue instead of yellow.
Rich's last name is spelled "Ryder" through the book. I've seen a lot of people get upset about this, but TBH, it's not the first time it's been spelled this way, so it doesn't bug me too much. (If you want an example of it happening before, check out ROM #24, which was the last time RR was heard from until NW started up years later.)
The art was generally nice, but some of the panels just had mediocre artwork with some awkwardly positioned or lazy poses. (Like the panel of Rich blasting the Cancerverse bugs. That could have been waaaaay more dynamic, instead it just looks off.) That said, there were also some terrific panels in there too!
Now for the good:
The story was good and it moved along at a pace I would expect for a 3 issue arc. BMB does a good job of picking up where the story left off. Sure there are a few inconsistencies, but that always happens when a story gets picked up years later. They all can be pretty easily explained away so nothing rips older readers out of it. Besides, to go into detail on every single thing would take away from the pacing of the story and I think that extra exposition would have detracted from the story and not added to it. The pacing of the story kept moving me forward, and that was a good thing.
I liked the back and forth between Rich and Peter. BMB did a great job nailing their comradery.
Rich gave and took about as good as I would've expected. He's being shown as powerful as he is.
Someone mentioned he's being written as a younger version of Rich. I didn't think so. Re-read the last 10 issues of Nova and Thanos Imperative. From the bit of dialogue BMB gave Rich, I think he nailed him spot on from where we last saw him.
Great action sequences. Seeing Rich taking on Thanos and holding his own was awesome.
What matters the most to me is just this...
I enjoyed the story from start to finish. I had fun reading it and don't regret buying it. The key word there for me is "fun". I'm also looking forward to next month and picking up GOTG #19, even though I'm dreading what might happen. Do I think GOTG #18 is a worth chapter in the RR Nova storyline? Absolutely. When a story is fun to read and you look forward to the next chapter, then that's all you can ask for!
I'd recommend picking it up and reading it. You won't get all the answers about what happened to Rich, but honestly, would you really want that in a single issue anyway? Can't say I do...
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