Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Paco Medina
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 25, 2013
A lot happens in Nova #8 to the young corpsman, and quite a few different plot lines are in motion throughout the book. Wells does a good job of keeping this a Nova book first and foremost, weaving in threads from Infinity but not letting the event dominate the book completely. As of yet, Nova isn’t a major player in Infinity so keeping the plots of the primary title moving helped the issue feel like a continuation of the series and not a pure tie-in for no reason. This kid is still pretty green as a hero and Wells does a good job of highlighting his lack of experience without making the character seem completely incompetent. He writes this character with a great amount of heart and hope for the future, with a lighthearted approach that fits the title very well. It is interesting to see a couple of the members of The New Warriors being introduced into this title, as both provide a different personality for Sam to play off of. How they will play into the Infinity tie-in issues time will only tell, but they are both written quite well in issue #8 and definitely bring an interesting angle for Wells, and later Duggan, to explore in Nova. Thanos and his Generals are written well, with their stoic and powerful nature coming through very well for any readers who haven’t been following the big event. It is very apparent this crew is not to be messed with and Wells throws an interesting curve ball into the mix near the end of the issue.
Paco Medina straight up kills on art in this issue. His art is stronger than it has been on this title and his line work is absolutely excellent. His style is a perfect compliment to the story Wells is telling in this issue and he does a superior job of nailing the tone of this story. Nova is one of the “lighter” books in superhero comics today and Medina walks the fine line of making Thanos and his Generals menacing and imposing but never graphic or out of bounds for the tone that has been set in Nova. The colour work by David Curiel is fantastic, giving this book the visual punch and energy befitting a Human Rocket while keeping the characters true to themselves. Thanos easily could have been made to look a cartoonish fool, but Curiel uses all the proper tones to make the menacing Mad Titan leap off the page.
Nova #8 does an excellent job of staying true to the primary series while also introducing elements of Infinity. The expected humour and lightheartedness is still present and Sam is as fun to read as ever. The stakes have risen immensely for the young Nova and I am excited to see what is in store for him next, both with respect to Infinity and the ongoing series.