Its got less to do with race and more about "Nova concepts" not being necessary in my opinion. Why the Marvel Mandate to not have Richard Rider involved? Why is there no multiversal Nova Corps being used?
I mentioned on another thread that "If You Are Not Part Of The Solution, Then You Are Part Of The Problem." That meant that supporting Sam Alexander and other Nova Corps Concepts for the sake of supporting any kind of Nova Corps idea just prevents Rich from coming back sooner and means we will have more Nova Concepts Only characters for the next 5 years. I am not drinking the "Nova Concepts for Keeping Any Kind Of Nova Alive" Kool-Aid. Whether boycotting a character or book really works or not, its been 5 long years and Richard Rider has still not returned. Its not that difficult for Marvel to bring Rich back. The editors and execs simply just do not want Rich back...yet. Why?
Why was Sam Alexander and the concept of the Black Super Novas even thought up about in the first place?
I may have given Sam a shot with a few issues but I've never fully got punch-drunk on the Kool-Aid.
From the very first issue, Sam was clearly aimed at younger audiences and was not an entirely original character. Those first clues should have been big red light warnings to long-time Richard Rider fans. I have to admit, even I didn't think Sam would be around this long. I seriously thought Rich would've been back as Nova Prime again within 3 years time. Original Sin does not count.
I don't fully accept this whole "Well At Least Marvel Is Open To The Idea Of Nova Concepts" nonsense. I wholeheartedly believe its actually hurting, not helping, the chances of Rich returning soon. Simply put, it sends the message to Marvel that we seem happy to accept any Nova, and Rich can wait in limbo a few years more.
"If You Don't Believe In Something, You Will Fall For Anything."
I was a fan of Kyle Rayner, Bucky Cap, and Azrael but even I knew that they were not permanent replacements. And, at least they were great characters, even if Kyle wasn't exactly original, and worthy.
: Current Nova was definately aimed at a
: Disney/young audience aimed to gain new
: readers to Marvel; but as said by many fans
: they could have easily created an original
: "junior character" rather than
: using an existing well established character
: like Rich; that in part of course evnetually
: ignited all the friction between factions,
: just as the introduction of Kyle Rayner did
: when he suplanted Hal Jordan.
: Of course Hal eventually returend to the
: spotlight, after a stint of being a villain,
: and both chracters have been key to DC more
: "superior" cosmic side while
: Marvel's has sadly fallen with the exception
: of Guardians 3000. As seen with those
: signing the Ipetiton at NPP, its clear fans
: can support the idea of having 2 or more
: Nova titles - just as Green Lantern Coprs
: have had over the years; Marvel however
: can't seem to grasp the logic; at the moment
: churning out one title for every Guardian of
: the Galaxy member which is serious overkill!
: I think Dustin Weaver's take on the Nova
: mythos will be a bit better; its got the
: post apocalyptic style and settign I like so
: i'm looking forward to seeing as its only
: one of 3 titles - plus the main series of
: Secret Wars I've added to my present
: diminishing Marvel pull list.
: For now, Rich himself remains in the realms
: of limbo in the MU, what happens after SW
: could unfortunately seal his fate for good
: but hey there's always some clever bloke
: that can figure means to bring him back if
: Marvel decided to give him another go.
: Meanwhile fans will keep him active in fan
: fics and art - so look out for a new run of
: Nova619 soon!
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: I have not been enjoying Nova/Sam, at all. I
: think I liked more of the stuff with Carrie,
: than the actual action/Nova stuff. It is
: just a bit too childish for me. I am hoping
: things "grow up" because, at this
: point, I will not be purchasing the Sam
: title after Secret Wars ends, if the Sam
: title returns. I have not liked the art or
: the story, but I have kept reading. But I am
: at the end of my rope. It is not fun for me,
: especially after the great stuff we old
: schoolers had with volume four. That was
: great writing, growth, character
: development, and more up my alley.
: I have no disdain for anyone who still reads
: Sam. I would be a hypocrite if I did,
: because I have bought each one. I am,
: however, a bit sad that Nova has abandoned a
: great character and made the title (and many
: other Marvel titles) way too simple and
: I will read the post-apocalyptic Nova title.
: The art looks great, and the story may be
: more up my alley. But after that, I hope
: things change for the better.
: The funny thing is, Marvel seems very
: committed to the Nova idea. They are trying
: hard to keep it going. But they are not
: putting out a great product, yet.
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