Marvel held one of their Next Big Thing conference calls with Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV and writer of the new Kid Nova.
There's an interesting excerpt from the call over at CBR:
The call began with Loeb describing the pitch of the series and its first issue. "We begin at the beginning," he said. "Ed McGuinness and I are huge Nova fans, and in particular Rich Rider fans and the Nova Corps and all this stuff that's been going on for decades." He said part of what got the ball rolling on this book was that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning decided to kill off the former Nova in their Cosmic run, necessitating a new young hero to pick up the helm. "We were incredible fortunate that we became the prologue for the gigantic event that was 'Avengers Vs. X-Men'...I think that speaks to how important Nova is to the Marvel Universe."
"He said part of what got the ball rolling on this book was that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning decided to kill off the former Nova in their Cosmic run, necessitating a new young hero to pick up the helm."
So it had nothing to do with Loeb taking over Cosmic which we knew about months prior to the cancellation of Nova and GoTG?
And it had nothing to do with the new Ultimate Spider-Man TV show.
And it had nothing to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
There is another interesting quote Nova fans should love:
Even the change to a blue helmet for the character from the previous version has an explanation behind it. "What we know about the Novas is not everything we know about the Novas," he said, noting that they'd gone back through all the mythology of previous Nova series. "It was not done from a benign point of view. There is a story reason for it."
Enjoy the art: