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Matt McGloin

5 Nova Stories To Buy Instead Of Jeph Loeb's Next Week

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Next Wednesday is D-Day for Richard Rider fans as the new Spider-Man in space NINO Nova is set to - hopefully - crash.

If you been a readers of Cosmic Book News for the past few years you know that the site was launched out of Annihilation and Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's Marvel Cosmic Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy run.

No. We are not "DnA fanboys" as we've been on their case at times as well.

Ahem, Quasar.

But we are definitely not onboard for what Marvel is doing with the new Nova and Bendis' Guardians of the Galaxy as they are shadows of their former cosmic selves.

And we are also not "anti-Marvel," contrary to e-mails we get (sorry!).

So with that, as Joe Quesada always says -- vote with your wallets!

If you are a Nova and Richard Rider fan, though Ed McGuinness' stellar art (does he ever work with anyone else?!) looks to get you sucked in faster than a black hole, how about leaving it on the rack and instead buying something else from Marvel?

We'll even recommend some. 

Look through your shop and see if they carry any of the following -- and skip out on Loeb's Nova. If your shop doesn't carry any, dig through the back issue bins for something Richard Rider related.

 

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1. ESSENTIAL NOVA VOL. 1

Marv Wolfman (Author), Len Wein (Author), John Buscema (Illustrator), Joe Sinnott (Illustrator), Sal Buscema (Illustrator), Tom Palmer (Illustrator),Frank Giacoia (Illustrator), Dick Giordano (Illustrator), The Tribe (Illustrator),Carmine Infantino (Illustrator)

Before New Warriors, Nova was one of the 70s' most scintillating stars and it shows! Be it murder mystery or cosmic clash, the Human Rocket rises to the occasion! Historic heroes! Futuristic Fiends! War with the Skrulls! Special guest-appearances by Spider-Man, the Thing and... Moses!? Collects Nova #1-25, Amazing Spider-Man #171, Marvel Two-In-One Annual #3.

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2. ANNIHILATION BOOK 1

Keith Giffen (Author), Dan Abnett (Author), Andy Lanning (Author), Mitch Breitweiser (Illustrator), Scott Kolins (Illustrator), Ariel Olivetti (Illustrator), Kev Walker (Illustrator)

The Annihilation Wave has come! Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone, has declared war! Hordes of loyal soldiers swarm from the center of the universe, and only a handful of heroes can resist destruction! As the Xandarian Nova Corps meet its doom, only Richard Rider - the man called Nova - survives. Now the sole custodian of the Worldmind, the Zandarian's database of knowledge and experience, can he rediscover himself in time to lead the war effort against the Annihilation Wave? Drax the Destroyer returns from exile on Earth to mentor Nova - but wait until you see his dangerous new persona! Guest-starring Quasar, Ronan the Accuser, the Super-Skrull and Thanos! Collecting Drax the Destroyer #1-4, Annihilation Prologue and Annihilation: Nova #1-4.

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3. Nova, Vol. 1: Annihilation - Conquest

Dan Abnett (Author), Andy Lanning (Author), Sean Chen (Illustrator)

Exploding from the pages of Annihilation, Nova rockets into his own ongoing series! In the wake of the chaotic Annihilation Wave, a desperate galaxy cries out for law and order. In the past, an army of peacekeeping Centurions delivered stability. But the Nova Corps are dead and gone - now there is only Richard Rider, the man called Nova. But can a lone human police an entire universe? He has near limitless power - now he must do all he can to bring punishment to the wicked, help to the oppressed and justice for all! Strap in as the acclaimed writing team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Annihilation: Nova), superstar Sean Chen (Sensational Spider-Man) and cover artist Adi Granov (Iron Man) slam your mind into hyperdrive! Collects Nova #1-7.

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4. Nova Vol. 2: Knowhere

Dan Abnett (Author), Andy Lanning (Author), Wellington Alves (Illustrator)

We've seen Richard Rider burnt to a crisp, replaced by a hot Kree soldier, and turned to the dark side. But just wait until you see where we rocket Nova now! What is the haunted place known as Knowhere? Who are Xarth's Mightiest Heroes? And why will the new character called Cosmo quickly become one of your favorites? Oh... and what well-known Annihilation characters are hot on Nova's trail? As Nova enters the final phase of his epic quest for the key to defeating the Phalanx, the lone Centurion faces his darkest hour. Past, present, and future clash as the tyrannical techno-fiends make one last attempt to enslave him - in an act that will unravel Richard Rider's life right back to the moment where he first became the man called Nova! Plus: A special standalone thriller trapping Nova and Gamora together! Allies, lovers, Phalanx puppets - and now the bitterest of enemies! Captured together by an alien menace, will the Human Rocket and the Deadliest Woman in the Universe work together to survive, or wind up killing each other instead? Collects Nova #8-12 and Annual #1.

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5. Nova Vol. 3: Secret Invasion

Dan Abnett (Author), Andy Lanning (Author), Wellington Alves (Illustrator)

Beginning an all-new adventure starring Galactus and the Silver Surfer! Nova has received an emergency call from a planet in peril - but how do you save a world from being devoured by a force of nature? Is there any way to stop the big G from eating, or do you instead try to save as many refugees as possible? And do you reach out to your former ally, who is once again a feared Herald? Whatever Nova decides, nothing will prepare him - or you - for the horror known as Harrow! With all these awesome ingredients (Galactus! Silver Surfer! Nova! A new villain! A killer creative team!), this is your chance to check out what Wizard calls "one of Marvel's most consistently entertaining monthly books!" Collects Nova #13-18.

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