I took a little break, although I haven’t been completely silent. I’m now on Twitter posting about site updates, New Warriors and comics in general. I’m tweeting about new releases each week for single issues, collected editions and digital, plus celebrating the anniversary of each New Warriors’ first appearance with special birthday threads looking at their history. So far I’ve celebrated the birthdays of Darkhawk, Hummingbird, and Jubilee. Next birthday is next Saturday!
But back to why we’re here:
Nova‘s third collected edition compiled Nova vol. 5 #11-16. It also included the second story in Nova vol. 5 #10, which was added previously. Note the pun in the title. The Nova Corps (pronounced “core”) were the intergalactic peace-keeping force of Xandar. The title Nova Corpse (pronounced “corps”) referenced the dead Novas that were found by Sam Alexander during this story arc. Obviously Sam Alexander appeared throughout this story. We also got a flashback to Richard Rider as Nova.
Halfway through this story, New Warriors volume 5 was launched. Originally I had this story arc split up but in looking back, I decided it worked better uninterrupted. Only about two days passed through these issues, so there was very little time for Sam to have an adventure with the New Warriors. This may change as I reassess New Warriors volume 5 itself but for now, Nova vol. 5 #11-16 have all been moved to the last phase of Limbo Part 4.
A closer look at each issue:
Nova vol. 5 #11 had 19 pages of Nova. Sam’s blindness was revealed to be temporary, and caused by his helmet projecting a map over his vision to lead Sam to dead Novas (or their helmets at least).
Nova vol. 5 #12 had 16 pages of Nova plus 1 additional page with his narration only but he didn’t physically appear on the page. Nova met Cadivan, a bounty-hunter and trophy hunter, who outsmarted him over a Nova helmet. Nova then flew to answer a distress call from a Nova ship, which had been taken over by Captain Skaarn and his crew.
Nova vol. 5 #13.NOW had Sam on 20 pages. He met Beta Ray Bill, who explained Nova was wrong about helping Skaarn. After a good ol’ fashion superhero fight, the two agreed to team up to correct Sam’s mistake.
Nova vol. 5 #14 had 15 pages of Sam Alexander Nova (plus another page of a hologram of Sam that Sam himself created, so probably safe to count that one too). There were also 2 pages of Richard Rider Nova in a flashback. Beta Ray Bill told the story of how he was saved by Richard Rider before he gained his Thor-like appearance and powers. Beta Ray Bill first appeared in Thor #337 from 1983, when he first transformed, so this flashback had to happen before that. Richard Rider was returned to Earth powerless in Rom #24, released in 1981, so this scene would have to take place after Nova vol. 1 #25, when Nova headed into space, and before Rom #24. It seemed to work best taking place after Fantastic Four #214, which was the conclusion to story threads started at the end of Nova vol. 1. I’m generally not a fan of inserting flashbacks like this into the time they take place, as I feel it can really lead to big spoilers for someone reading in the order laid out. But for now that’s what I’m going to do since it is such an isolated scene. The rest of the issue took place in the present and showed Sam and Beta Ray Bill tracking Skaarn down to Knowhere.
Nova vol. 5 #15 had 19 pages of Sam Alexander as Nova. He and Beta Ray Bill are split up and Sam had to fight three disgraced Galadorian Space Knights (another Rom connection). He also met and helped heal Cosmo.
Nova vol. 5 #16 had 20 pages of Nova, with Sam and Beta Ray Bill defeating Skaarn and also reclaiming the Nova helmets from Skaarn and Cadivan. The downside was that Nova made an enemy of Janin, a now-free slave from Skaarn’s ship. After holding a burial for the Nova used to power Skaarn’s ship, Sam returned home to find his family had been evicted from their home.