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Nova, Volume 1: Origin (Nova #13)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  1,302 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
The New Human Rocket Returns!

Sam Alexander is a kid bound by the gravity of a small town--and a father whose ridiculous drunken fairy tales about a "Nova Corps" were just another heavy burden. But lucky for Sam, gravity soon won't even matter--and those troubles will be a billion miles away. It's a boy, a helmet and an intergalactic legacy! As Sam trains with the Guardian
Hardcover, Premiere, 158 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Marvel (first published September 4th 2013)
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4.5 stars

How freakin' cute is this kid?! Let me just tell you...SOOO stinkin' cute! And Jeph Loeb wrote this? Wha..? The cat is both alive and dead, Schrödinger? My head just exploded! How is that even possible?!


This introduces Sam (who's adorable, in case you missed it).
He's the son of the high school's drunk janitor. Now, it's bad enough that he has to swoop in and fix the messes that his father is too intoxicated to take care of, but to make it worse, his dad also peppers his drinking with st
Jan Philipzig
A wild ride with a heart - what's not to like? Sure, it's all a bit cheesy, but as a contemporary origin story for all ages I thought this worked quite well. The combination of family drama, humor and cosmic adventure reminded me of Slott and Allred's recent Silver Surfer relaunch, though it largely lacks that title's wit and ease. Still, Nova by Loeb and McGuiness feels fresh and lively enough and should appeal to fans of cosmic yet lighthearted superhero fare.
Sam Quixote
Nov 21, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it

I never thought I’d say this, but:

I really enjoyed this comic written by Jeph Loeb.


Sam Alexander is a high school kid in a dead-end American Mid-West town called Carefree. His drunk dad is the janitor of his school and is often so wasted Sam has to stay behind after the school day is done and do his dad’s job for him before helping to walk him home to pass out in his shed. But in his more conscious moments, Sam’s father tells him and his little sister fantastic cosmic stories of a tim
Jan 23, 2016 Terence rated it liked it
Sam Alexander grew up with his Dad telling him about unbelievable tales of being a space cop of sorts, saving the universe, and working with a green assassin and a talking Racoon.
Sam's Dad is also a high school janitor and also a drunk. Sam doesn't believe a word his father says.
That is until the green assassin and the talking racoon show up to see Sam.
Sam realizes everything his father told him was true and he has become a Nova himself.

Nova Origin was an OK story. Sam himself is somewhat likab
Feb 28, 2016 Stephen rated it liked it

Meet the new Nova, Samuel Alexander.

While Samuel is searching for his missing father, he falls off his skateboard and hits his head. He then wakes up in a hospital and standing by his bed are Rocket Raccoon and Gamora who were searching for his Sam's father and Nova helmet.

Sam got scared and runs out of the hospital but a nurse stops him and sends him back to bed, in the middle of the night he hears something under his bed and he sees that its the Nova helmet he then goes outside and puts on the
James DeSantis
Oct 14, 2016 James DeSantis rated it really liked it
Wow look at that. Sometimes you pick up a book you never thought you'd enjoy and end up smiling most of the way through. Surprise!

Nova: Origin is a neat little story because you really don't have to know much about the original. This is Sam's story and it's all about living up to his father's name and becoming the new NOVA! Which is basically like a space version of Iron-man suit...I guess. Listen, it's badass. Also Sam is very normal teen or just has fun being a damn hero. I love when they let
May 11, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-now
I'm completely new to the character of Nova, but the eye-catching presentation of this trade (by John Roshell @ Comicraft) and Anne's positive review led to a purchase, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Origin is a fun, fast-paced read with a likeable main character and i'll definitely be looking into the rest of the series in future.

Sam Alexander is stuck in a boring town, covering for his drunken Dad at night as a high school janitor. He doesn't believe his father's tales of his time in the
Peter Derk
Sep 04, 2014 Peter Derk rated it it was ok
Am I the only person on the planet who just once wants to see an old man get some sort of super power instead of a kid?
Aug 29, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tween superheroes, Guardians of the Galaxy, bucket-heads
Now that the Nova Corps has gotten a high profile new audience with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, I am hoping ol' bucket-head might make a cinematic appearance.

This series, though, is a "reboot" featuring the original Nova's son as a kid superhero. Apparently intended to draw younger readers in, it's still a pretty sharp comic, firmly embedded in the Marvel Universe without requiring readers to be familiar with decades of canon.

Sam Alexander has an alcoholic father who is the janitor at his
Sep 08, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I don't really have much to say about this one. It's not bad, not really. But neither is it great. It is, more than anything, expected. Sam Alexander is like any number of teen boy heroes I've come across: bitter, special, rebellious, somewhat whiny. Not a bad kid overall. Maybe a little annoying. My point is, I've met this kid hundreds of times. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Loeb doesn't embarrass himself with this kid, or his story. But although it's executed well enough, it just didn't ...more
Sep 27, 2016 Relstuart rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
Better than expected. I didn't realize this new Nova was named after Loeb's son who passed away.
Dec 05, 2013 Farrell rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this graphic novel, but liked it overall. Of note, this is a brand new character, Sam Alexander, in the role of Nova, and is not the same as the Nova we had seen for several years previously, Richard Rider. So while Richard Rider had sacrificed his life saving the universe, the character is not being rebooted, but rather, is someone else taking on the same name, and has the same superpowers (and this is consistent with how the 'Nova Corps' members gained the same ...more
Riley Blue
Aug 31, 2014 Riley Blue rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Me encantó. Sam Alexander es un chico común —no tanto— de un pueblo pequeño en Arizona. Su padre usualmente le contaba a su pequeña hermana y a él historias sobre batallas libradas en el espacio exterior, sobre una mujer verde asesina y sobre un mapache parlante obsesionado con las armas. Sam, por supuesto, no le creía. Vivía enojado con él por mentirles y por estar alejado de su familia la mayoría del tiempo… hasta que su padre desaparece. Hasta que se encuentra con Gamora y Rocket Raccon y se ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Jordan rated it it was amazing
I loved this comic so much! It was just so exciting!
I really enjoyed this. It reminds me of the first graphic novel I ever bought "Power Pack Origin Album" about kids who got super powers and were dragged in to an alien conflict. It was clearly aimed at being readable by kids but also not so cartoonish as to drive away more serious fans of super hero comics. This book reminds me of that kind of great writing. Its a story and art that are completely digestible and even appealing to younger readers while still appealing to adult marvel fans. You ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Dan rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, 2014
I understand what Marvel is trying to go for with this relaunch; take an established superhero who is not too beloved and make him a legacy character, replacing him with a younger characters for all "the kids" to get in on. Have the first arc written by an established author and launch the series within a new marketing initiative. Problem was that it felt all too obvious that was happening.

If you ignore the disregard for everything that has been established about the Nova mythos in previous seri
Sooo, the art work in this volume is simply stunning! I'd give it 10 stars here if I could. But the storyline itself was just Okay for me. At least so far. Yes, it has it's BIG MOMENTS and it made me intrigued, but for the most part it felt like I've seen or read something similar (read: teens!) before. However, I flew through the second half of a volume, because it was a pretty good action packed combo. And I'm starting to enjoy this series quite a lot.
That's why I hope that Sammie-boy w
Jan 06, 2014 Charles rated it liked it
I wish they had gone with a separate title to be a tie-in for the Spider-Man cartoon. I really enjoyed Nova's previous series, and this one feels less meaty plot-wise, and certainly geared towared a younger demographic than before. The artwork also seems to reflect the younger target audience, being much less impressive. I also am getting some Invincible ripoff vibes here, but I suppose more volumes will show if that is the case.
Jason S.
Jul 01, 2013 Jason S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2013
Yes, another teenage superhero discovering a greater destiny awaits him outside of suburbia, that trope. However, it's handled well here with the addition of Rocket Raccoon and Gamora, who add an out-of-this-world twist, coupled with some familiar aliens from the MCU. Plus, it's fun seeing a teen with daddy issue discover that he can fly (among other things) with his dad's old Nova helm.
Feb 07, 2014 Jacob rated it did not like it
Public library copy.

I usually enjoy the works by the writer/artist team, but this was too kidified for my taste. I'm sorry the writer's son Sam passed away in real life, but does everything he write nowadays have to have a "Sam" character in the story?
May 08, 2015 Ulises rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
Entretenido y emocionante, deja con ganas de más. Tal vez no sea nada del otro mundo, pero a mí Sam me encanta y ha logrado que me interese todavía más en Nova Corps, y estoy segura que conoceré a su predecesor en un futuro no muy lejano.
Aug 09, 2013 Mungo rated it really liked it
Still waiting to find out where Richard Rider is, but Sam Alexander is a worthy placeholder until then. Loeb has taken the existing mythology surrounding the Nova Corps and crafted a cinematic and exciting story.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Finally got the chance to check out Nova. It was pretty good. I liked the kid, I like the story, I think I will continue reading. Whenever I manage to get the next few volumes.
Feb 26, 2015 Capmarvell92 rated it did not like it
From Cosmicbooknews:The Lo(e)btomisation of Nova.
Lobotomization: to deprive of intelligence, vitality, or sensitivity.

-Definition courtesy of Merriam-Webster Dictionary

According to Marvel Editorial, Issue #10 of NINO is the 100-issue mark of “Nova” comic books published. I dis-respectfully disagree. I count 90 issues of true Nova comic books and 10 issues of Nova In Name Only comic books. It’s insulting to equate Nova with NINO in any way, but Marvel Editorial’s whole approach to the Nova fans
Oct 23, 2016 Anchorpete rated it really liked it
Man, this book was a lot of fun.

When I first heard they were going to replace Richard Ryder as Nova, I was pretty upset. The Nova series, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning was just as epic and entertaining as their Guardians of the Galaxy run.

I really love Sam, I forget his last name, is it Reyes?

He is quite obnoxious on the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, but he was pretty identifiable during this first trade. Usually if Teen Super heroes, don't have dead parents, the parents end up being dea
Oct 18, 2016 Calista rated it it was ok
Not much to say. OK, not impressed.
Wing Kee
Apr 21, 2016 Wing Kee rated it liked it
Solid if cliched start.

I'm new to Nova so this is good that this is a jumping on point to the story, I don't know Richard Rider and so Sam is a good character for me to know the Nova universe. So, how was this reboot?

World: Ed McGuinness' art is great, it's crisp, it's kinetic and has a not quite anime but almost there look to it I enjoy. I especially love the movement and the splash pages, good stuff. The world building here is very solid for a reboot. It is very easy to dive into this universe
Sep 28, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels, 2014
I enjoyed Nova: Origin, a somewhat simplistic superhero comic with wonderful, sweeping cartoony artwork. Origin collects the first five issues of the new Marvel Comics' series by industry stalwart creative team Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. The duo have collaborated on some of the biggest characters in the genre over the years; here they direct their attention on a lesser-known cosmic character from the Marvel Universe.

I had never read a Nova comic book before this collection, making me someone
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Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer, producer and award-winning comic book writer. Loeb was a Co-Executive Producer on the NBC hit show Heroes, and formerly a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost.

A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner (see below), Loeb's comic book career includes work on many major
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