YMMV / Nova

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  • Author's Saving Throw: Volume 7 focusing on both Sam and Richard has been well received, and a nice compromise for their respective fanbases. In fact, quite a few people are wondering why Marvel didn't just do this in the first place.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Sam Alexander. While some fans have been willing to give him a chance, others don't want anything to do with him.
    • Anwen Bakian's appearance is one too, especially the fact that Richard Rider will not be coming back for Secret Wars.
  • Better Than Canon: An Inversion, 616 Sam Alexander was considered as an improvement from the Designated Hero version from Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Broken Base:
    • Sam Alexander vs. Richard Rider. It's pretty much the Hal Jordan vs. Kyle Rayner of Marvel. Tough with the both of them teaming up and bonding in Volume 7, this rivalry has subsided quite a bit.
    • Anwen Bakian; a fresh take on Nova through being a minority or Marvel's refusal to bring back Richard Rider and an attempt to look as PC as possible.
  • Epileptic Trees: Many theories had be created on the fate of Richard Rider, how Sam Alexander was able to use the Nova Force despite it being gone in the 616 universe, and possibility of Jesse Alexander (Sam's dad) being a Humanoid Alien.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cosmo, who debuted in two issues of Nova's fourth series and was so popular he became a regular character in Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • Richard Rider himself for the Marvel Universe in general. He was originally a C-list version of Green Lantern before Keith Giffen and the duo Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning turned him into a major character in the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe and gained a cult following among Marvel fans.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Calling Richard Rider Ryder.
  • Growing the Beard: Some fans thinks Sam's series is starting to get good thanks to Gerry Duggan's writing.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • In the first issue of Sam Alexander's series, he did not express his distaste for his father in front of Kaelynn who was concerned whether their father would be recalled to the Novas.
    • In fifth issue, Jesse Alexander returned to Earth in Nova form just in time to see Sam Alexander's birth. It also cleared Eva's doubt on Jesse's career as Nova when he decided to retire to raise a family.
    • Volume 5, issue 30: Sam's reunion with his father after many months of disappearance.
      • The same happened in next issue, Jesse Alexander finally reunited with his family
    • Volume 6, issue 11: Worldmind confirms Sam's real father is still alive. Then Richard Rider's mind temporairly takes over and the two have serious talk that inspires Sam to patch up things with his mother and tell his friends he is Nova.
    • Volume 7, issue 2: After seeing that Earth is just as screwed up now as it was the last time he visited (shortly after the original Civil War event), and disgusted that the heroes had another pointless conflict with each other in the wake of a universe ending event, Rich heads to Knowwhere with Sam to clear their minds. While in a bar seeing everyone on Knowwhere remember the Annihilation Wave and the Cancerverse almost literally brings a tear to Rich's eye as they all raise a glass in his honor.
    • Pretty much any time Richard tries to act as a surrogate big brother towards Sam.
  • Marty Stu: Some Rider fans accused Sam Alexander of this simply for existing despite the fact that by all logic he couldn't have his powers, since most of the Nova Force went missing with Richard Rider, along with the fact that his father was part of a super-secret bunch of special ops Novas that conveniently have never been mentioned or hinted at before. Others level this accusation because they perceive Rider's continued absence in favor of a rookie who just happens to be named after the deceased son of the writer who created him to be an abuse of said writer's privilege as a figure with a significant amount of pull within the Marvel publishing hierarchy.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I pulled him inside out and saved the universe. What have you done lately, X?"
  • My Real Daddy
    • Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning — their take on the character forced everybody else to stop treating him as an inexperienced rookie.
    • Gerry Duggan for Sam Alexander.
  • Narm: Volume 5, Issue 29; the splash page on Sam's announcing Richard Rider's demise falls flat due to Baldeon's drawing on Sam Alexander's Nova form.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Knowhere story in vol 4 is all kinds of disturbing.
    • Knowhere itself is pretty disturbing. A decapitated Celestial's head floating at the literal edge of the universe.
    • The most recent version of Richard's heroic sacrifice in the Cancerverse shows that the Revengers version of Captain America cut off Richard's arm with his shield. Previous sightings of dismemberment in the Cancerverse have almost always resulted in the victim regenerating into a Body Horror.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Some more ardent Richard Rider fans consider Sam Alexander to be one.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Though it's still a Broken Base, Sam's appearance in New Warriors and Gerry Duggan's writings were somewhat an improvement over Jeph Loeb's writings, though even the first issues of comic was an improvement from the portrayal in Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Tearjerker: The death of Ko-Rel, along with all her friends, co-workers and associates, which all happens in the space of a few days.
    • In Volume 5, Issue 29 of Nova, Sam Alexander announcing Richard Rider's demise to his parents. Richard's father just broke down after hearing both the news and seeing his helmet. Sam didn't take well on his delivery either.
    • Almost immediately after his resurrection, Richard learns that his father died shortly before his return.
  • The Woobie: Jesse Alexander. Sure, he used to be a Centurion and a member of Supernovas but his sudden retirement from Nova Corps meant that he failed to adjust his life on Earth due to his experiences from his work and later led him to The Alcoholic. Due to these failures and alcoholism, his son Sam began to questioned his story until he became the new Nova. Later, the former members of Adomax's Supernovas caught him and sold him as a slave to Chitauri.

    For the Novel 

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