WizardUniverse.com’s Ben Morse has begun a weekly column following the new Annihilation: Conquest event. “The Annihilation Diaries” starts with an interview with editor Bill Rosemann. Some Nova-related highlights:
From the beginning we knew that the idea was that the Phalanx invade. That was actually going to be a Nova story, and we looked at it and said, “That’s big enough to be the next event.”
Nova is such a strong character that we knew we had to give him something else to do so that the other heroes could step up. If he was in the main story then, bam, he would be the main guy and it would be his story. We wanted to include Nova, but make sure that he had his own story. The first thing that we did was we knew he was going to try and save the day on his own. He tries to take down the Phalanx single-handedly and he gets his butt kicked. We wanted to show that these villains are tough. We basically said, “How can we take him off of the stage in an intriguing way” So we did that.
Well, [Nova] looks pretty badly scorched. He was going full tilt into the wall, the barrier that the Phalanx setup that has put the Kree Empire basically into a big bubble. So he’s pretty wrecked and it remains to be seen what hope he has for recovery.
I love [the new Nova, Ko-Rel]. I think that [writers] Dan [Abnett] and Andy [Lanning] have created a really likable character. The idea, I think, is interesting: She’s in the Kree military, but she’s a medic. She didn’t want to be the leader of her crew that has crashed, but she was sort of forced into this leadership role. She’s a very real person. She has a son that she misses. She has this group of Kree that have become like a family to her, and so again, like all the characters, she has different motivations. She wants to get back to her son. She wants to help her crew. Does she want to fight the Phalanx? Maybe, if that allows her to get what she wants. So, they’ve created a really real and likable character and I really, really like Ko-Rel. They did a great job with her.
Next week: Nova writers Abnett & Lanning. Read the full interview here.