Last issue Bendis had it that Drax, Quill and Thanos were being resurrected due to the nature of the Cancerverse - even though that in itself is a contradiction as Death killed Lord Mar-vell in TTI and allowed herself passage into the collapsing alt-universe before giving Thanos the heave-ho (only to rekindle her love for the big gallot in Starlin's The Infinity revelation).
Last issue - narrative from Quill said: "What if I lose an arm and then I die?" Do I keep coming back to life hungry and armless? Do I never die but suffer to live?" Then of course Rich does lose an arm - with the wrong shield from Revenger Cap!
Now if we suppose the nature of the Cancerverse (according to Bendis) is that Nova dies and is resurrected again (as was Drax and Quill and Thanos) - armless or not it would be suddenly nonsensical that he's on his deathbed due to the nature of the pocket-verse's law change just for him alone - unless of course that nature is being undone by Revenger Cap using the Cosmic Cube to gain egress into the 619 via the Fault - itself chaotic energies in flux where the rules of physics changed a lot - as laid down by Dna in their Sphinx arc.
So okay, Rich is dying and Quill gets Thanos to try and save Rich - to save his ass to get back into the 616 - only thing is - if Rich was then given a new persona/liefe wouldn't it be better off with him having a life with those he knew rather than conveniently turning into Jesse Alexander?
Of course that would be the kind of thing I can see being done to cement the whole Alexander Family unit - but if Jesse really is Rich - memories of who he was would never be lost, just submerged waiting to be rekindled. Either way, BMB is making a hash of this story due to his reluctance to adhere to previous continuity and credibility. Sorry, just don't like the arc -save for the art!
Personally - if it has to happen - I'd rather have Rich's spirit displaced into a future timestream to inhabit a future descendant - to hook up with the Guardians in 3000 - or some other future pointafter all the same concept was used by Ed Brubaker for Cap after his assassination. That way it would at least leave a way open for him to be returned - although didn't I recall that Jim Shooter in the 80's proposed his very Rich spirit thing/ transfer into a new form for a possible alt take on the Korvac Saga - that's online at NPP still?
Either way - Nova fans ain't gonna like the outcome so think the torches will be out next week!
: After seeing the preview, I have a weird
: feeling that:
: Rich will end up being near death and
: nothing will be able to save him...
: Peter will make a deal with Thanos that they
: will have a truce and work together to get
: home if Thanos will bring the Nova Force
: back to the 616 (betting that Rich's
: consciousness/brain pattern will be
: contained inside it when they return)...
: Thanos agrees and goes one step further. He
: believes Rich was an honorable warrior and
: will even grant Rich his last wish (which we
: saw in the preview)...
: Once they are back in the 616, Thanos uses
: the cosmic cube and the Nova Force to create
: the Alexander family and maybe even the town
: of Carefree. Rich's consciousness/brain
: pattern is split to create the four
: Alexanders with Jesse being Rich's primary
: That would give Rich the kids/family he
: regretted not having and removes Rider as a
: potential future threat to Thanos.
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