This was always about bringing back Richard Rider...so I think as fans, we seem like real irrational white noise if we hit this crazed panic button already. Already calling for a boycott without a lick of a notion what the hell the book is. It’s not reasonable.
As a fan I recognize I don’t have creative control of a property, yet we do have a power and responsibility to provide feedback and action based on what we see. That is some power, and I think we should use it wisely. Sure, Marvel was unreasonable with us. Nova was a good book that deserved better. But that doesn’t change how I act.
I always wanted Marvel to see my input, fandom, criticism as worthwhile and constructive even if we don’t see eye to eye. I wanted them to feel like there is a benefit to appeasing my opinions because they are fair, clear and based on logic. In turn, if they fix what is broken, I will sample the product and perhaps even a loyal regular buyer. Therefore, my buying habits are based on reason and logic.
The consequences for not being like this are that we, that is Rich Rider fans or Cosmic fans, do really become that "internet white noise". We have to keep credibility.
I think it’s clear Richard Rider is back...I'm happy, grateful and excited to see what comes next. Did I mention wary? Because I’m certainly that too. Still, many of the theories that surrounding his status and who will have more page time in this new book are NOT based on much actual proof or facts other than the concession that Marvel is still (mostly) screwed up everywhere else.
I’m not sure where things changed and we needed Sam Alexander to be killed off as well. This was about Rich. I’m open to new things as well…Annihilation and Giffen’s stuff was new things. The New Warriors were new things….etc..
Let’s just take a refresher on a couple simple points:
Annihilation happened in a real down point for me in Marvel lore. I hated Civil War, thought the whole line was shot and despised the crude antics of then EiC Joe Quesada. Starlin leaves Marvel in anger. Then I see Nova used in the dreadful Skottie Young stuff…the New Warriors killed off….horrid. Right away the Nova series is written by “unremarkable” journeymen comic writers who came from DC…and there was weird stuff right away. Scott Kollins art looked weird, Richard Rider was being treated like a cherry newbie, they brought back Xandar again? They kill off Quasar! But yeah…that worked out.
Not to mention RR during during Fabnic (“PC”)
New Warriors book…calling him “Kid Nova”, dreadful costumes each week, ham fisting some excuse where he still had his powers, and basically running around and avoiding any tie in to Wolfman Nova Volume 1 storylines for years. Recall how long it was till they even went into Xandar and the Corps.
Then there was Sam. I was receptive to check it out. Frankly, there was a lot that looked good right away. I mean remember how they tricked us with Diamondhead and Terrax? Turns out, it stunk. The crowd screaming for boycotts and rejections like TL were right…however I don’t regret for one instant that I held a wait and see attitude and at least tried it out. I don’t have any regrets about coming to the same conclusion reasonably.
Loveness has written like nine total comic books before. I think we owe him a look.
I’m not saying this stuff will be good. Maybe it will all suck. Maybe TL will be right on again. But, above all, I am gonna stay true to my word and who I am. I’m going to properly review the work, give it a chance and see how it is. In other words; act reasonable.
Fact is, I’m not an angry and sour guy, and I want to be happy and read goddamn solid comics. I am happy Rich’s back and we can all move on together.
: I missed it too. Doesn't bother me, since I
: come on here to talk about my excitement,
: and share that with others, not to read
: personal flame wars. Hopefully whatever
: caused Nova64 to delete a thread and post
: that message is done for good and we can all
: move on to happier days and good
: I know some fans don't share the same likes
: and dislikes, and that's okay. I'm pretty
: open about the state of Nova comics as long
: as Rich is involved. I don't hate on Sam,
: and I've always said a teacher/student
: relationship with Rich and Sam would be
: pretty cool. (Like a Batman/Robin thing.)
: the only thing that never sat right with me
: was Marvel actually killing off Richard.
: There wasn't any reason for it and they
: could've done the whole Sam thing with Rich
: being off on missions away in space the
: whole time. Now that he's back, I've got
: what I wanted and I'll support the book in
: any way I can. I'm also hoping a Pop! RR
: Nova Prime figure comes out thanks to Rich
: being back. That'd go great with my other
: RR figures!
: Anyway, I can't wait for the new series to
: drop and see where things go from here! I'm
: like you, I haven't been this excited in
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: I'm really glad he's back too.
: This is Rich Rider...and he is head lining
: the next book.
: I guess I missed some battle, but really
: looking forward to checking out some books
: again. Hopefully it's a solid book.
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: 100% agreed!
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: Richard Rider is back, alive, in the Marvel
: That is good enough for me to be happy.
: And, frankly, the idea of Richard Rider
: acting in a mentor role to a younger Sam
: Alexander really does seem to have a lot of
: story potential.
: I am happier about the state of Nova than I
: have been for a long time.
: Others may disagree but I am happy to see
: him alive, well, and on paper.
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