More Infinity tie-in fun, as Sam Alexander goes up against Proxima Midnight’s strongest lieutenant, Kaldera. The best thing about this title is how Loeb, and now Wells have been writing Sam as an inexperienced kid, and how he doesn’t do things the traditional, expected, superhero way, and there was a lot of that here.
So, when Kaldera challenges him to unarmed combat, he accepts, but then cheats and becomes Nova anyway. It’s not something you expect from a hero, and that’s what makes it interesting. So, because he cheated Nova pretty easily defeats Kaldera, but there was some interesting stuff in this fight, especially when he picks up the helmet of another Nova that Kaldera killed, and it glows and says ‘transfer complete’. What transfer? Is Sam going to get this dude inside his head like Richard Rider did with Worldmind? Or has it increased his powers? That certainly was intriguing.
The ending was also good, with Proxima Midnight punishing Kaldera and locking her up in box without killing her. It looks she is going to be Sam’s first nemesis, and it’s going to be very exciting when she returns.
The New Warriors subplot continues here, with Justice and Speedball helping Sam to cheat, and getting all pally with his mother and sister. Now that we know that there is going to be a new New Warriors team and that these 3 are going to be on it, I am actually more interested in where this is going, although this plot does really bring with it my only real issue with this book at the moment, and it’s that Paco Medina’s artwork makes Speedball and Justice look the same age as Sam, when they must be at least 10 years older. In all other aspects, Medina’s art is great, but man, everyone looks way too young. Maybe he should just give all the adults beards.