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Jeff Loveness & Ramon Perez are miracle workers. They truly are. First, they had to balance the share of lead characters in this Sam Alexander and Richard Rider. Next, they had to actually use Brian Michael Bendis's loathsome "Original Sin" tie-in that basically shat on the later character (but to be fair, Bendis did a lot of character shitting on in that story). Yet they somehow made that horrible mess and made it work for this ongoing. This very ongoing canceled way before it's time. You'd think that would hinder them? Nope. Nova #7 ends the series so damn hopefully and happily that reminds you at times that yes, Marvel can put out good comics amongst the heap of comics they put in your path month in and month out.
The series was that rare gem, worth the $3.99 price tag every single month. The pair just gets both these characters and the way this series ends. Well damn. It was unexpected, touching, and the ending was earned. I'm not going to even spoil what happens. Other than Loveness and Perez tie mostly everything up in a nice tidy bow (well save who hired the bounty hunters in #2-3).
And that's the most shocking thing of all. That the series' ends on such a high note. I figured something dreary or something to pull the rug out of this series would happen. Nope, it ends as spectacularly as it began. Moments that stricken back to earlier moments in this series, from Sam's previous angst from the last ongoing he had, to epic moments from Annilhation, or even time's earlier in Richard's career as Nova. All get touched on and it's glorious. It almost makes me wish Marvel would just suck it in and just give Loveness and Perez another go at these two characters. The dynamic they have between Alexander and Rider just work. There is potential here more so with "Legacy" event (I don't care what Marvel sugar coats it as. It's a freaking event) and this comic kind kicked that all off.
If not, give these two creators another chance on another comic. If they can make a miracle out of the mess Bendis left Richard Rider in. Who knows what other miracles at Marvel they can fix. Maybe the X-Men. Continue where Gerry Duggan left off Uncanny Avengers (though I'm kind of hopeful Duggan will use these two for Guardians of the Galaxy and explain the goddamn plothole Bendis left the comic on). Maybe the Thunderbolts (dear god that team needs someone bad). That sadly is the problem with Marvel nowadays. A lot of their comics need the sort of miracles that Loveness and Perez accomplished here.
No matter what, this series was a treasure and I'm really going to miss this one. Now, what the hell can I replace this comic and the other one I bought this week (Spider-Man/Deadpool also ended this week, but it kind of sequel baited at the end. So is it really the end? Though the series is still going beyond the original creative team right. So does this mean more from this creative team down the line?) I mean Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows? I want too, but I just feel like that is going to get the rug pulled out from me because Marvel loves to troll Spider-Man fans. And no. I refuse to pick up Venom. NO! NO! NO MORE! Unless you pay the new Patreon setting to punish me, or you're friends with me and then I just have no say because you give me those sad puppy eyes. Or buy this comic, because it really was worth the money.