Richard Rider was a normal teenager, until one day he was chosen by a dying alien to carry his power, making him a member of Nova Corps – an intergalactic police force. Since then Richard has been known as Nova, The Human Rocket!Nova is a Marvel Comics character. He first appeared in Nova vol. 1 #1 (September, 1976), created by Marv Wolfman and John Buscema, as a Homage to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's run on Spider-Man, and to classic teenage superheroes in general. Nova's original series lasted for 25 issues (September, 1976-May, 1979), until he had to give up his powers to help Nova Corps rebuild their home planet, Xandar. Richard returned to Earth as a normal human, to lead a simple life again.Or so he thought. Some time later Richard was approached by Night Thrasher, who proved that his powers weren't lost, only dormant...by dropping him from a building. Nova joined the New Warriors and developed a romantic relationship with his teammate, Namorita. After the New Warriors ongoing was closed, he fell into obscurity, reappearing only occasionally in solo adventures or new volumes of New Warriors.In 2006 Richard was been brought from Comic Book Limbo for Annihilation, a Marvel big cosmic event that featured him as the central character and gave him a serious revamp – new costume, a Mentor persona in Worldmind and several additional levels in badass. Afterwards, he got a new ongoing series and was participating in various other cosmic events. He played a part in Annihilation: Conquest, Secret Invasion and War of Kings and joined the Secret Avengers.His fourth series endured for 36 issues (June, 2007-June, 2010). Following its end, Nova played a big role in The Thanos Imperative, where he and Star-Lordstayed in the dying Cancerverse to keep Thanos from escaping. Time will show if we will hear of him ever again.A new Nova named Sam Alexander has appeared in the prelude to Avengers vs. X-Men, Marvel's big crossover event for 2012. A promotional comic explaining the sides of the event listed Sam as a wild card in the battle, along with The Incredible Hulk, Deadpool, Cable and Scarlet Witch.A fifth volume, written by Jeph Loeb starring Sam Alexander, has launched in February 2013.The Nova Corps will appear in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy, with Glenn Close portraying the Corps' leader and John C Riely portraying the original Nova Prime, Rhomann Dey.
Many fans view Sam Alexander as one to the third Blue Beetle.
Alternate Reality: Where Nova 0:0 comes from and is actually not Richard but his brother Robert
And This Is for...: THIS IS FOR NOVA CORPS! Yelled when Richard rips Annihilus inside out.
An Offer You Can't Refuse: In War of Kings, when surrounded by Blastarr's army, Nova loudly begs him to show them mercy...and then quietly whispers an ultimatum – either he will let them go, gaining a reputation as a real ruler, not a dumb barbarian, or Rich will do with him what he did with Annihilus.
Canon Immigrant: The second Nova, Sam Alexander, was created for the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. He appeared in the comics first thanks to the lengthy production cycle, making him similar to the Kaldur'ahm Aqualad and the Barbara Gordon Batgirl.
De-power: Happened several times. 1)In between his first series ending and the beginning of New Warriors to bring Xandar back to life 2) by Garthan Saal, formerly Supernova, who becomes Nova of Earth for a while, and 3) by the Xandarian Worldmind The last time with bad consequences – Richard found out he was using his powers for so long that without them he was dying.
Some of his winning quotes in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 makes him come out as quite full of himself. On the other hand, others shows him as Adorkable, in the end giving us an image of a dork trying to be a jerk and failing. Miserably.
Legacy Character: Ko-Rel for both Richard and Worldmind, Richard himself for Rhomann Dey. And Now Sam for Richard.
Speedball, to Nova and Darkhawk: Oh, come on, you two! I thought it was basic etiquette for super heroes to smack one another around on first meeting before realizing they're on the same side. Have we learned nothing from team-ups?
Refused a Re Power chance offered to him by a Mad Scientist who was in love with him, simply because she worked for AIM. It would have allowed him to save the Nova Corps (and potentialy Earth) from Ego the Living Planet AND stopped him from dying, but he still refused.
Took a Level in Badass: And how! From a guy who was the staple “reckless rookie who gets in the way” among the Marvel superheroes, he turned into a badass space hero who ripped Annihilus guts through his throat! Spidey even complimented Nova for reaching big league status by being an Avenger.
Since the Annihilation War, Nova has risen to become the defacto commander-in-chief for any organized resistance against major interstellar conflicts, with even the biggest and baddest that space has to offer deferring to him.
What Happened to the Mouse?: In the original 70s run, Jerk Jock character Mike Burley disappeared after turning himself over to the police, after being forced to work with the villain Yellow Claw. His name was mentioned in the 90s run but he was never seen again.
Also Garthan Saal, who appears during War of Kings, rescues the captured Shi'ar Nova Prime, and both have not been seen since
Everysingle member of his supporting cast, including his brother and other Nova Corp members, since the end of volume 4