The first arc of Sam Alexander’s tenure as Nova wraps up, and it’s just as good as the first 4 issues. The bulk of this issue is a fight between Nova and the villainous Titus, and it was very enjoyable to read. Ed McGuinness of course draws the crap out of it, and I really liked how Loeb had the fight start on Earth, and then get even bigger as Sam blasts out into space. This was the issue where you see that Sam does deserve to be a Nova, and that he is now used to his powers and kicking ass. Was anyone else very surprised that Sam actually used the Ultimate Nullifier? It’s been so long since it’s actually been activated I wasn’t sure what to expect when it did.
In the end, it opens up a black hole and sucks bout Titus and the Chitauri into it. So they’re gone, but not dead, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they return. I also liked how Sam gave the Ultimate Nullifier to The Watcher, which was a nice character touch for him. I think the best thing about this issue was how it tied all of the massive space-fight to real human emotions. The focus here was on Sam and his Dad (who is still alive out in space somewhere) and on Sam’s mother too. I thought the flashback to Jesse making it back just in time for Sam’s birth was very effective. I know people rag on Jeph Loeb for writing stories about fathers with sons called Sam, but I’ve always thought that was highly rude and uncaring, and when it’s resulting in comics like this, then it’s a good thing. There’s real emotion here.
It’s a shame that Loeb and McGuinness are leaving this title really, I’ve enjoyed this story a lot. But Zeb Wells is a good writer, so I have high hopes for his run. After these 5 issues, if you don’t accept Sam Alexander as Nova… then I don’t know what’s wrong with you.