Looks like Bendis is having Rich go into shock, which is normal even for seasoned real-life combat veterans. But, if someone like DnA, Starlin, or Giffen were writing this, Rich would be using the Nova Force to "Nova Centurion Up!" and get back into the fight.
Yes, there is also the issue of the Cancerverse and Death as well as the Cube. Reality-warping and time-travel may be involved in this story, maybe not.
One does get the feeling that the outcome will no doubt have the Xandar's Nova Corps legacy "continue on" with Sam. We Richard Rider fans will be the disappointed ones by the end. We will see.
Part of me is holding out hope that Rich does live and get back home, decides to retire as Nova Prime to settle down but as soon as things slow down duty calls and we get a new Richard Rider series. A new series that was kept under wraps and Marvel makes amends. Rich in back in space, back with his Nova Corps, and Namorita along with him, all on the Resolute Duty.
: CBR have posted a look at GOTG 20 -the final
: part of the what happened to Rich arc. Isn't
: looking good. Can see why they delayed the
: preview in favor of doing the Symbiote
: preview first. Yeah eagle eyed fans have
: already noted the contradictions. One fan
: noted Rich almost died when he got burned to
: a crisp in the first part of the Phalanx arc
: but that nifty Xandarian armor ensured his
: restoration. As for losing an arm - well if
: the Kree were around they grew him a new
: right leg after the previous limb got blown
: off (off panel) in Annihilation 1! Losing a
: limb is traumatic but not life threatening
: but you know what's going to happen here.
: That's right Bendis will suddenly change the
: rules with the Cube thanks to Revenger Cap
: and whereas before everyone was coming back
: alive in the Cancerverse before in last
: issue, now it'll be fatal to get hurt - so
: what will be the outcome - I still think
: Peter will get Thanos to absorb Rich's
: lifeforce and powers into his own et-al
: Cyclops and Apocalypse and that'll be part
: of the deal of getting him, Drax and Thanos
: out of the Cancerverse thus leaving Rich in
: a limbo state still to allow Marvel to
: continue the new legacy of Sam - not many
: like him - Alexander. I think many
: frustrated Nova fans will be voicing their
: opinions next week. Only plus side is Ed's
: art though I wish he hadn't
: "Karmanized" Rich's Helmet!
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