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Nova (2007 Series) #3

June 10, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Home Truths
Rating: T+

Nova faces the Thunderbolts – and becomes reacquainted with an old friend.

Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Pencils: Sean Chen
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Guru eFX
Letters: Cory Petit
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Art: Adi Granov
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Back home on Earth for a little R-and-R, Nova had a chat with Iron Man about joining up with the Initiative. Before his time to think it over ran out, though, he’s found himself throwing down with the Thunderbolts.

Again, this book makes itself work by defying convention. Last issue people were expecting a big Iron Man fight, and there wasn’t one. This issue… well, there is a Thunderbolts fight, but the conclusion isn’t what you’d anticipate. Abnett and Lanning have undeniable talent writing cosmic, science fiction stories, but even this down-to-Earth issue really rings true and helps flesh out Rich as a character. Abnett and Lanning even take the bold step of – gasp! – not painting Iron Man as a cartoon villain for a change, and they write what I am perfectly comfortable in declaring the only good scene ever written with “Penance.” Rich’s reaction to encountering his old teammate is not only spot-on perfect, but also evocative of how fans of the New Warriors have been feeling ever since Civil War #1.

Sean Chen’s artwork is just as good as the writing. His style is simple and classic, while style plenty dynamic during the fight scenes and extremely emotional when Rich and Robbie meet.

I’ve enjoyed every page of this book so far, and I can’t wait to follow the man called Nova into Annihilation: Conquest.

Rating: 8/10

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