My reactions to the whole event:
The Good: Great to see Nova in action again. I enjoyed the camaraderie between Peter and Richard. Good art (most of the time) and some enjoyable fight scenes.
The Bad: Captain America's shield can cut Nova's arm off? Yeah, right. And what's with Evil Cap being team spokesman all of the sudden? Captain Marvel is there in the background, not saying a word. Sure, maybe he's the most affected by the injury of the many angled ones and is still reeling... but really the whole Cancerverse here seems like it was written by somebody who didn't actually read the Thanos Imperative and just heard about it from a friend. It didn't seem very... Cancervers-y. And why isn't Rocket Raccoon more upset by these revelations? Because he's still being written as 'blam! you're dead!' Bizarro-Rocket; the writer has no idea what to do with him. I have mixed feelings about the whole "in love with Gamora" thing. Obviously it doesn't line up with The Thanos Imperative, where he and Namorita are just recently reunited and seem pretty excited about it. But I always did like Richard and Gamora as a couple, and it certainly adds some depth to Peter and Gamora's relationship now.
Conclusion: After 3 months of being excited to buy comics again, we're back to no more Richard Rider, at least for a while. But it's dumb to keep calling this revelation "the final fate of Richard Rider", given the ending. To paraphrase Morgan Grimes, "His body turned into energy?! Of course he's alive!" Between that (now cannon) ending, the lingering threads of what happened to Namorita, and Robbie and the rest of the depowered but very-much-alive Nova Corps, and the bits and pieces floating throughout the Marvel universe (Rider's helmet in the new Nova series, Rhomann Dey's role in the GOTG movie and the character's enduring popularity), it's just a matter of time before Nova Prime is back in his own universe. And hopefully shaking things up in multiple ongoing Marvel Cosmic titles (plus maybe one of his own, to boot? We can dream).
Until then, I'm happy to have 3 more comic books to add to my Nova collection. When they finally bring Richard Rider back *for real*, I'll be more than happy to add Sam Alexander's trade-paperbacks to that collection as well.
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