Posted by:
Matt McGloin

Dear Jeph Loeb: We Like Richard Rider Nova


Up at CBR:

Another major piece of the Marvel U Loeb had a hand in reintroducing was Nova – the teen hero who debuted ahead of "Avengers Vs. X-Men" and who's full story – and connection to new Nova Sam Alexander of the "Ultimate Spider-Man" cartoon – has yet to be revealed. "All I can tell you is that I really love Nova," Loeb said of where the hero will pop up next. "I'm a huge fan, and I honestly believe that Nova fans of all the fans in the Marvel Universe are so stoked about Nova. There are Nova sites and Nova everything. This is a character who needs to be one of the big players in the Marvel Universe, and it's certainly one of the reasons we made him a part of the 'Ultimate Spider-Man' show – so that more people can have that thrilling experience that Nova fans have in whatever incarnation he's going to have. I feel like people are getting to know Sam on the show, and we'll see what's going to happen next in the comics."

From a Nova Fan:

I've been a Nova fan for over 30 years and work with/speak to a lot of the Nova Fan core base at several fan sites - this is the kind of article that makes me wonder whether I should ditch Marvel and head for DC! Loeb and Marvel can do their best to try and convince everyone that the last 35 odd years Richard Rider has been Nova Prime is no more than a mirage fast fading on the cosmic winds.....
....but try as they might, Sam Alexander will never be a replacement that the core fans will ever accept - nor it seems new fans who appreciated the character from Annihilation - through Nova's run with Dna to the events of the Thanos Imperative. They can push it all they want in the new Spiderman cartoon series and the innovative Digital format....but it just won't work long term. All they'll do is drive fans away and we'll be left with nothing but a tepid teenager who is a pale shadow of the character most Nova fans truly give a damn about! If Loeb truly wants to make us believe he's a True Nova what's right and make sure that when that helmet comes off we have a Rich Rider - and not Nino - which is our nick-name for the newbie! We'd prefer a time tracked Rich thrown out of the Cancerverse than this!