Also from Your Mom’s Basement, a last minute interview with Nova writer Dan Abnett.
On bringing him back to Earth in the first issue:
Abnett: Rich is an Earthman, and his career in the New Warriors links him inextricably to the tragedy that kicked off Civil War, so it would be remiss, we felt, not to deal with those issues at the start of the new series. Bringing him back to Earth also grounds Nova in reality, despite his cosmic hero status, and it also gives us the opportunity to show how much he has matured and changed. He’s not the second rate kid hero from the teen team any more. He’s one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe. Rich may be shocked by the way Earth has changed since he last visited, but Earth (and its heroes) is going to be just as shocked by the changes in Nova.
That said, the first issue is very much cosmic based.
On Nova catching up with his old teammates post-Civil War:
Abnett: Like we said, we couldn’t not go there. A couple of the NW members will show up in issues two and three, Penance (Speedball) being the most dramatic.
On Nova’s future:
Abnett: We don’t want to give too much away. A key theme in the opening arc is whether Nova wants to stay on Earth or return to the stars. It’s a tough choice. Where is he needed the most? Where do his allegiances lie? You’ll have to read the book to find out what he decides.
However, it’s no secret that issues 4 through 7 of Nova tie in with the Annihilation: Conquest event, so whether he chooses Earth or the stars as his long term focus, we’ll be seeing some high speed, heavy duty cosmic action for the next story arc at least, as Nova gets called up for another tour of duty.