From the look of it, a 14k seller is being r-launched with a creative staff that is not a significant draw, without any real set up apart from the story line in the last couple issues of a poorly selling title.
That's a lot to overcome, especially these days. Its why something like CBN's stance is even more concerning despite the fact not many may be swayed by it.
Looking at the January solicits...there are no real tie- ins or appearances elsewhere to generate interest in Richard Rider for the new audiences.
The Cosmic books are still all seemingly operating on their own islands.
I'm unsure what to expect from whatever GOTG has in store.
Core heroes are still under the gun. Captain American and Iron Man look to be killed off again.
the only hook here is for the die-hards....die hard sam fans and die hard Rich Rider fans (who hasnt had a series in 6 years) Despite my confidence in how cool Rich is and how many people would enjoy him, that's a high hurdle to jump over for a lasting book.
: As excited as I am about Rich being back, I'm
: VERY nervous about what version of Rich
: we're getting back. I grew attached to a
: specific Richard Rider, and I really hope
: we're getting that version back.
: Ultimately I know that I should just be
: happy that it's Richard Rider, yet I can't
: help but to think that this character
: deserves a little more respect. I don't
: want to see him lose his powers any more,
: and I don't want to see him 'die' and
: disappear for several years again.
: Here's hoping that these new writers, and
: the powers that be, are committed to Rich.
: While hesitant, I'm excited for the ride!
: --Previous Message--
: The way ThanosRules was treated by CBN very
: recently was bad. I have posted there to
: vent and show my support for Rich and the
: current climate in comics and the industry
: today and I do not regret one word of what I
: have said. But I also can not be just as
: harsh and cruel as a few of them have been.
: A perfect Nova Rich series would have had
: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning continue where
: they left off. Even going with their
: original ideas of having Rich be MIA
: temporarily only to return. I did like the
: "Superman/Lone Ranger" theme of
: Rich doing the whole "This looks like a
: job for Nova Prime!" thing around the
: universe. He was this average ordinary
: Everyman who happened to be one of the
: biggest heroes in the MU, but never acted
: like he was the big A-list prima donna. Rich
: had a sense of purpose and duty. Despite the
: incorrect Han Solo comparison, Loveness and
: Rich seem to get at least that whole Gung Ho
: type, Dudley Do-Right, go get 'em, 'atta
: boy, self-sacrificing, heroic, selfless
: individual like the old sci-fi Buster Crabbe
: serials. I've always seen Rich as the Luke
: Skywalker: wide-eyed, simple heroic
: Everyman, who had a destiny for the stars.
: Rich admired heroes like The Avengers and
: dreamt of doing bigger things the same way
: Luke admired the Jedi Knights, Republic
: Clone Troopers, and life beyond Tattooine.
: Doug mentioned earlier at another post that
: was right on and very correct about the
: biggest reason why there is a great dislike
: for the Sam Alexander character. The way
: Marvel just simply, quickly, and easily
: disregarded Richard Rider after building him
: up for 4 solid years(from Annihilation:
: Prologue to Nova Vol.4)only to create a new
: younger similar character and call also call
: him "Nova" when in all logic and
: reason points out that the Black Novas are
: not really real "Novas" at all.
: They were imposters at the very core who had
: a genuine dislike for the then-current
: "Gold Domes" who were supposedly
: seen as "arrogant",
: "vain", etc. The Black Super Novas
: were a watchdog group that illegally
: accessed the Worldmind and stole Nova Force
: power. Xandar and WM never approved creation
: of any such secret branch of the Nova Corps
: nor allowed any such group to tap into WM
: and the NF for any other use other than
: official Xandarian Nova Corps use. Of
: course, the creative team of the new
: upcoming series could always retcon this
: into current continuity. Allowing one child
: tween, barely a teen, to be the
: "successor" of the proud Xandarian
: Nova Corps who have never in their history
: recruited "child soldier" for
: active duty combat? I know this is all
: fantasy and Disney is the new owner and all
: but wow. I understand that we may never
: really go back to the epic DnA and Giffen
: treatment that made Nova an A-List level
: character and so far from interviews the new
: creators seem to at least acknowledge and be
: aware of what made Annihilation-Era Rich so
: awesome, why 90s NW/Nova Vol.2 era Rich was
: too little too late, and why Larsen's Vol.3
: (which made me a choose Nova Rich as my
: favorite all-time superhero)70s
: Marvel/Wolfman era was a step backwards in
: the wrong direction. A few years too late. I
: personally see Larsen's "Nova: The
: Human Rocket" Rich flipping Marvel
: Burgers Era as a sort of "Superman
: Returns"(where Singer tried to bring
: back the Donner era Superman into modern
: times) meets The Greatest American Hero: it
: was a fun series but Rich was supposed to be
: beyond that whole bumbling rookie noob
: Earth-bound hero song and dance routine
: Loveness and Perez seem to be heading off in
: the right direction with Rich from what they
: say. Its good to know they have spent more
: time and research with Rich. I'm sure they
: have read and are fully aware of our
: concerns, ideas, and theories. It even
: sounds like they will be using some of our
: ideas or at least incorporate what we have
: bounced around in Nova threads. They know he
: is such a beloved Cosmic Marvel character
: for many long-time readers. He's become a
: favorite to new readers who want a return
: just as much as the hard-corps fanbase.
: There are some newssites other than CBN who
: are just not Sam Alexander fans. There are
: also new fans who are just not into the
: "successor Nova". That is always
: great to hear about when some news
: sites(other than CBN) and even new fans
: dislike Sam Alexander!
: Even though Marvel has not even mentioned
: the 40th Anniversary of Nova, its good to
: see that some news sites have done so.
: --Previous Message--
: I think everyone has their own take on what
: will happen or how Rich should be when he
: returns. Marvel should know coming into this
: new rendition of Nova that they will be on a
: very short lease to produce a quality book.
: I wouldn' t put it past them if they don't
: and RR fans drop the book,they say
: "see,even with Rich the book still
: isn't selling. Well soon enough we'll see if
: we're being duped or if Marvel can at least
: figure out maybe they brought Sam into the
: picture entirely the wrong way!
: --Previous Message--
: I find it interesting that they
: cherry-picked only the negative things in
: the article.
: Like saying the old Rich was
: "gone" without also mentioning
: that they are planning on exploring him from
: a PTSD-style angle.
: Let's be honest, though. Nothing less than
: a resurrection of Richard Rider exactly as
: he was before entering the Cancerverse
: brought back somehow by the utter and total
: death of Sam Alexander would ever make these
: people happy.
: I think we have excellent news. They can
: sit and grumble all they want. I'll be
: reading what Richard Rider is up to next.
: --Previous Message--
: While most comic sites seem to have a good
: attitude towards the new Nova series - with
: a certain degree of optimism for the new
: team and at least a idea of giving it a
: chance as many fans seem to be willing to
: do. One site chooses to go the other way -
: so here's what Cosmic Book News has to say!
: As you'll know I have little regard for CBN
: at the best of times and they don't like NMB
: - so read at your peril! Do you agree or
: disagree! Post your thoughts here without
: fear of being spammed!
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