* To those who do not know what they're about to read. Well, here's your warning. The following is just Zechs being Zechs. Grammatical errors are bound to happen you down three bottles of This Ain't Your Dad's Root Beer trying to comprehend the garbage you read. So there. You've been warned. Anything now is on your head for not following the warning.
Looking for a well written and entertaining comic at Marvel nowadays is like a 100% grammatically correct article written by me. They are few and far between, and finding one is like a wide-eyed moment of astonishment when you come across one. While I haven't come across a fully grammatically correct article by me, I did find an actual fun Marvel comic in Nova #2. After reading it I had to double-check to make sure I wasn't mistaken and accidently read something from DC or IDW, but after further double-takes and checking yes Marvel does publish some good comics.
So why aren't we talking about this comic more? Where's the publicity for it, Marvel? Why are you treating it like some poor bastard child you don't want people to know about? It has Richard Rider alive again. It has the acknowledgment of the "good" times of when Marvel was Marvel. You know when it wasn't heroes beating the hell out of each other or acted like villains, being "superior" versions of themselves.
Then it clicked. This is a natural and fun story! There's no misery to be had here. This is an older hero mentoring a younger one. They aren't fighting or squabbling with others. That's why Marvel isn't pushing this more. Other than of course one of these characters is Rich Rider. Who like Ben Reilly, has had a hell of a time to get to where he was in comics (though truth be told, Rider appears so far not to be cursed unlike poor Ben).
I mean you gotta think about the path of unparalleled pain Rich Rider fans had to endure with #1 Long absence #2 Bendis getting the "final" word in the abysmal "Original Sin" arc on his Guardians of the Galaxy comic #3 Dead Rich Rider jokes in some Marvel comics sprinkled throughout the years (hey it's Rich Rider, but he's dead, just like he still is! HA! You're not getting him back!).
Then there's the new Nova, Sam Alexander. Poor Sam. I mean having one of your co-creators be Jeph Loeb is painful enough. But to follow up Rich? Plus have no mentor-figure for a long time? Yeah, to see these two bond and hopefully no twists of villainy (other than how Richard is back, which seems Cancerverse reasons). But reading this issue hit a lot of good notes for me.
Also, any comic that openly mocks current Marvel events, while also continuing Rich Rider's dislike of Marvel Civil Wars is okay on my part. Jeff Loveness and Ramón Pérez (who pulls double duty as the comic's artist) are just killing it on this comic writing-wise. Pérez's pages here and the previous issue are just absolutely breath-taking (hats off to the colorist on this comic too). Again, I had to pause and flip back to the cover to double check I was reading a Marvel comic. Marvel has been fucking up that much for me it's caused that much doubt.
Of course, looking at some comic shop Twitter this comic isn't selling (or if it is about the same as the previous volume which just had Sam). Heck, I didn't even know this comic was even out. A freaking friend who's a Marvel fan (a bit loosely. He's down to three comics at Marvel now, and is only buying them digitally because you know REASONS) had to tell me. So this is why I'm posted this review (be it a late one because I only stumbled across this on Sunday, and only finished reading both issues tonight). Yes, unlike previous Marvel comics which I read for free (because they suck and they rather owe me money for reading them cause of their suckage). This comic
This comic DESERVES the $3.99. This comic has it all. It also has something that has been sorely lacking in heroic cosmic comics: actual fun that isn't relying on the freaking movies. So if you're a fan of "old" school cosmic Marvel go buy this comic. You'll thank me later for it.
And I just realized this is quite possibly the first honestly positive Marvel review I have written in awhile. It feels-- good. I miss this feeling. I feel this feeling will be a fleeting one until the next issue of this series or Gwenpool. .... My mind is still boggled at that conundrum. So there is only one answer to that-- MORE LIQUOR!!