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Marvel Comics Ant-Man Shrinking Cover Revealed

Of course with the Ant-Man movie coming out, Marvel Comics has to follow suit and will be publishing a new Ant-Man comic.

Now Marvel has revealed the Ant-Man #1 “shrinking” variant cover by Ed McGuinness.

The cover is a first of its kind as every cover will be unique by featuring a different size (i.e. large to small) Ant-Man in addition to an individual number.

“This is completely unlike any cover we’ve ever attempted. We’ve even had to utilize new technologies to make it happen,” David Gabriel, Marvel’s  SVP of Sales & Marketing, said in a statement.

Ant-Man #1 hits in January from Nicole Spencer and Ramon Rosanas.


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Jeph Loeb’s Nova Falls Under 40,000; Selling Less Than DnA Again

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:8601:]]We now get the May 2013 numbers for Jeph Loeb’s Nova #4, and it’s selling under 40,000.

Nova #4 is listed at selling 38,151 on the ICv2 sales charts.

Nova #4 comes in at #57 for the month of May, down 6 spots from April where it landed at #51.

This is also the first time that Loeb’s Nova has sold under the 40K mark as April’s third issue sold 40,548.

This also marks the second consecutive month that Loeb’s Nova (dubbed “Nova In Name Only” – NINO – by the fans) has under performed compared to the previous run by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.

DnA’s Nova #4 sold 40,159 back in 2007 coming off the hit Marvel Comics event Annihilation.

As of the second issue’s publication it was announced that both Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness were replaced by Zeb Wells and Paco Medina with July’s #6.

This can’t be looked at as anything but a major failure by Marvel who promoted the new Sam Alexander with two of their biggest creators, Loeb and McGuinness, in addition to the special Marvel Point One issue, the first ever Marvel Infinite comic book by superstar writer Mark Waid and artist Stuart Immonen, and the inclusion in Avengers Vs. X-Men, not to mention the Disney XD Ultimate Spider-Man animated show.

Marvel will attempt to give “NINO” a boost yet again with September’s Infinity.

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It’s Official: Loeb’s Nino Nova Selling Less Than DnA

Joe Quesada told comic book readers to vote with their dollars, and the fans have responded.

Sales figures for Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness‘ April issue of Nova #3 have become available, and they are now below the previous Nova run by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.

While these numbers are estimated, when it comes down to cancellation time, the numbers do not lie.

Loeb’s Nova #3 for April 2013 is listed at #51 with: 40, 548.

DnA’s Nova #3 back in June of 2007, also came in at #51, but with: 44, 976.

This has to be looked at as a disaster by Marvel who cancelled the DnA run to go forward with Jeph Loeb’s Spider-Man Nova pitch, which began back in 2011 with the Point One issue and continued with Marvel’s first Infinite comic by Mark Waid, all the way to being featured in their big event – something Richard Rider never was – with Avengers vs. X-Men. In addition, Sam Alexander is also a part of Loeb’s Disney Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.

Both Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness have already been announced to be off the book, which is of course a direct result of the poor sales.

It’s a shame that Marvel couldn’t bring Richard Rider into the fold with the same promotion that Jeph Loeb’s failed attempt received.

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Review: Nova #3 (Loeb & McGuinness)

“You’re referring to Richard Rider. And your behavior is an insult to his sacrifice.” -Gamora commenting on NINO’s behavior.

From Loeb’s pen to God’s ears – Gamora speaks the truth. NINO IS an insult to Richard Rider, the Nova mythos and legacy, and the body of fans of the true Nova, Richard Rider.

So NINO’s dad, Jesse, thinks it would be a good idea to send his 15-year-old non-military trained son into kill-or-be-killed battle with an organized Chitauri invasion fleet? I guess Jesse really did have a drinking problem. And Rocket and Gamora are complicit with this insanity by spending an afternoon training the obnoxious little twit? Then they send him off solo to face the invasion fleet? They must have drinking problems, too. And it’s clear that every life on Earth hinges on how the insufferable little git handles himself? I’ve got five words to describe this storyline: Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, and Immoral.

A cardinal rule of good science-fiction is plausibility. How plausible is the above scenario? The correct answer is: “Not even remotely plausible.” In fact, it’s so implausible that its intelligence insultingly dumb. The little twerp has a couple of hours of training, no military experience, no real understanding of his powers, no knowledge of his enemies, and a stated aversion to killing. Really? He’s first pick for a covert-ops military team? He’s first pick to send out to scout the invasion fleet? Jeez – no wonder the Black Novas are all dead. With recruitment and training methods like that, they wouldn’t last five minutes against any aggressor.

And how moral is it to recruit a child to engage in combat operations? As this review is being written, the United Nations is getting ready to officially condemn recruitment of children to serve in the military. Sure – the Taliban regularly straps explosives to children and teens to use them as suicide bombers, and it’s not unusual to see teenagers among the ranks of Somalian pirates – but Xandar was never portrayed as a terrorist or pirate state. In fact, quite the opposite as Xandar was always portrayed as a civilized, moral, peace-keeping society. Xandar would have found it morally unacceptable to give a child powers of mass destruction and to place a child in kill-or-be-killed combat. Somebody at Disney is asleep at the wheel to have let this essential endorsement of children performing combat operations slip by without a peep of protest.

A few other things bothered me, too. In the past I’ve expressed my antipathy for NINO’s manga-inspired (see Kamen Riders) so-called “uniform.” The adults could barely pull off wearing the suckily re-designed “uniform,” but NINO looks totally ridiculous in it – literally like a child wearing his dad’s old military uniform – and not in a cute way. But putting that aside for a moment, I have to ask myself – why would a super-secret covert-ops military unit wear a uniform that so clearly associates them with Xandar? Wouldn’t they just wear some generic uniform with no identifying features to connect them to Xandar?

And another thing – why does Rocket keep pulling a gun on NINO? Apparently, NINO’s powers come from his “magic helmet” and when the helmet’s off and sitting on the shelf, NINO has no powers. Every time Rocket pulls his gun, it’s against a powerless NINO. This seems out of character for Rocket.

By far, the most enjoyable part of this book was the final scene of NINO being blasted by a Chitauri warship. It gave me a moment’s hope that we might not have to endure the ongoing degradation of the Nova mythos with another installment of NINO. But alas, he apparently survives as he’s portrayed as captured by the Chitauri in the solicit for the next issue.

In conclusion, no matter how many times Loeb and Bendis try to sell NINO and GotG as science-fiction, they just aren’t. Nova Volume IV and GotG Volume II were science-fiction. Loeb’s NINO and Bendis’ Garbage of the Galaxy are silly, child- oriented, earth-centric high fantasy riddled with super-hero clichés. It is truly a shame that McGuinness’ stellar art and Gracia’s magnificent coloring are wasted on such a pedestrian effort as NINO.

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Nova #2 Drops To #40 On The Top 100 Sales Charts For March 2013


The top 100 comic book sales for March 2013 are out and we see that Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinnessNova #2 has dropped from #11 to #40.

Nova #1, and all its variant covers, debuted at #11 in February with 80,000 in sales.

#2 looks to have around 48,000-49,000 or so odd issues sold, as the complete numbers for March have yet to come in, but we can compare it to sales for the previous issue of Earth 2 (48,208) to give us our estimate.

Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness have already been announced to be leaving the title with Zeb Wells coming on board starting with Nova #6.

Loeb and McGuinness both were announced to be leaving Hulk when sales for #22 showed the series dipped below the 50,000 mark as well.

Most likely, sales for Nova haven’t stabilized and we’ll have to wait for subsequent issue numbers to get a better idea of how the series is doing.

Below you can check out the top 100 comic book sales for March 2013.


Top 100 Comic Book Sales For March 2013

1 1 153.24   GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 $3.99 MAR
2 2 126.88   AGE OF ULTRON #1 $3.99 MAR
3 3 100.00   BATMAN #18 $3.99 DC
4 5 85.33   WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 MAR
5 4 79.32   AGE OF ULTRON #2 $3.99 MAR
6 6 74.33   JUSTICE LEAGUE #18 $3.99 DC
7 7 72.77   AGE OF ULTRON #3 $3.99 MAR
8 8 68.33   SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 MAR
9 9 66.53   JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2 $3.99 DC
10 10 65.99   ALL NEW X-MEN #8 $3.99 MAR
11 11 62.81   SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 MAR
12 12 62.23   SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6AU $3.99 MAR
13 13 62.20   UNCANNY X-MEN #3 $3.99 MAR
14 14 61.19   UNCANNY AVENGERS #5 $3.99 MAR
15 15 59.97   AVENGERS #8 $3.99 MAR
16 16 59.25   ALL NEW X-MEN #9 $3.99 MAR
17 17 56.77   AVENGERS #7 $3.99 MAR
18 19 55.29   DETECTIVE COMICS #18 $3.99 DC
19 22 50.62   GREEN LANTERN #18 $2.99 DC
20 23 50.48   BATMAN AND ROBIN #18 $2.99 DC
21 24 48.90   WALKING DEAD #108 (MR) $2.99 IMA
22 20 47.25   NEW AVENGERS #4 $3.99 MAR
23 30 46.46   BATMAN INCORPORATED #9 $2.99 DC
24 18 44.87   ACTION COMICS #18 $4.99 DC
25 38 41.41   DEADPOOL #6 $2.99 MAR
26 21 39.86   INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #5 $3.99 MAR
27 43 39.36   BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #18 $2.99 DC
28 45 38.68   AQUAMAN #18 $2.99 DC
29 25 37.51   UNCANNY X-FORCE #3 $3.99 MAR
30 46 37.48   BATGIRL #18 $2.99 DC
31 26 36.61   THOR GOD OF THUNDER #6 $3.99 MAR
32 29 36.48   SAVAGE WOLVERINE #3 $3.99 MAR
33 47 36.28   SAGA #11 (MR) $2.99 IMA
34 48 36.02   SUPERMAN #17 $2.99 DC
35 28 35.91   EAST OF WEST #1 [*] $3.50 IMA
36 27 35.67   CAPTAIN AMERICA #5 $3.99 MAR
37 50 34.98   SUPERMAN #18 $2.99 DC
38 51 34.97   NIGHTWING #18 $2.99 DC
39 31 34.17   BEFORE WATCHMEN RORSCHACH #4 (MR) $3.99 DC
40 37 33.88   NOVA #2 $3.99 MAR
41 35 33.66   SECRET AVENGERS #2 $3.99 MAR
42 54 33.51   EARTH 2 #10 $2.99 DC
43 33 33.18   FANTASTIC FOUR #5AU $3.99 MAR
44 53 33.01   STAR WARS #3 $2.99 DAR
45 34 32.40   CABLE AND X-FORCE #5 $3.99 MAR
46 57 32.06   GREEN LANTERN CORPS #18 $2.99 DC
47 36 31.94   IRON MAN #7 $3.99 MAR
48 39 31.11   CABLE AND X-FORCE #6 $3.99 MAR
49 58 30.89   FANTASTIC FOUR #5 $2.99 MAR
50 61 30.50   TEEN TITANS #18 $2.99 DC
51 60 30.48   GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #18 $2.99 DC
52 40 30.47   WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #26 $3.99 MAR
53 41 30.43   WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #27 $3.99 MAR
54 62 30.21   FLASH #18 $2.99 DC
56 42 29.79   BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #6 (MR) $3.99 DC
57 64 28.50   THUNDERBOLTS #6 $2.99 MAR
58 65 27.96   THUNDERBOLTS #7 $2.99 MAR
59 73 27.90   YOUNG AVENGERS #3 $2.99 MAR
60 66 27.85   WONDER WOMAN #18 $2.99 DC
61 68 27.36   RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #18 $2.99 DC
62 70 27.24   CONSTANTINE #1 $2.99 DC
63 49 27.01   A PLUS X #5 $3.99 MAR
64 71 27.00   DAREDEVIL #24 $2.99 MAR
66 52 25.59   ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #21 $3.99 MAR
67 74 25.58   DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED #3 $2.99 MAR
68 75 25.53   RED LANTERNS #18 $2.99 DC
69 78 25.15   BATMAN INCORPORATED #8 $2.99 DC
70 77 25.09   FF #5 $2.99 MAR
71 55 24.97   A PLUS X #6 $3.99 MAR
72 56 24.20   X-TERMINATION #1 $3.99 MAR
73 80 24.09   CATWOMAN #18 $2.99 DC
74 59 22.96   AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #18 $3.99 MAR
75 83 22.93   AVENGERS ARENA #6 $2.99 MAR
76 84 22.76   BATWOMAN #18 $2.99 DC
77 86 22.28   SWAMP THING #18 $2.99 DC
78 206 22.23   SHRUGGED VOL 2 #1 $1.00 ASP
79 63 21.42   ULTIMATE COMICS WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 MAR
80 87 21.20   X-MEN LEGACY #7 $2.99 MAR
81 89 20.82   ANIMAL MAN #18 $2.99 DC
82 90 20.65   WORLDS FINEST #10 $2.99 DC
83 67 20.62   AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #13 $3.99 MAR
84 94 20.48   FEARLESS DEFENDERS #2 $2.99 MAR
85 92 20.43   X-MEN LEGACY #8 $2.99 MAR
86 93 20.36   GREEN ARROW #18 $2.99 DC
87 91 20.34   SUPERGIRL #18 $2.99 DC
88 72 20.08   ASTONISHING X-MEN #60 $3.99 MAR
89 76 19.08   DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #6 $3.99 MAR
90 98 18.61   JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #18 $2.99 DC
92 79 18.47   ULTIMATE COMICS WOLVERINE #2 $3.99 MAR
93 99 18.45   TALON #6 $2.99 DC
94 100 18.30   SUICIDE SQUAD #18 $2.99 DC
95 102 17.73   SUPERBOY #18 $2.99 DC
96 103 17.39   HELLBOY IN HELL #4 $2.99 DAR
97 107 17.17   SCARLET SPIDER #15 $2.99 MAR
98 106 17.14   SEX #1 (MR) $2.99 IMA
99 85 17.00   ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #22 $3.99 MAR
100 111 16.33   VENOM #32 $2.99 MAR

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NINO Nova Gets New Creative Team! Bye Bye Jeph Loeb & Ed McGuinness!

Hey, Marvel — anytime you want to call DnA back for Nova I’m sure they would love to come back on board for Nova.

Same for Guardians of the Galaxy.

And same for all of us fans!

Recently, a new writer and artist was announced for the Bendis/McNiven Guardians of the Galaxy with Sara Pichelli coming on art chores as of issue #4 and Neil Gaiman co-writing as of issue #5.

It hasn’t been stated if McNiven will be back, and it hasn’t been stated how long Gaiman will be on board.

Now, news surfaces that Jeph Loeb has exited Nova as well as Ed McGuinnessafter only two issues being published.

In their place will be new writer Zebb Wells and new artist Paco Medina who begin starting in July with Nova #6 for five issues.

The reason cited for Loeb leaving was that he wanted to concentrate on Marvel TV and such (so why did Ed leave then???).

More than likely – and this is my opinion – Marvel received the orders for subsequent issues of Nova – that didn’t have a billion covers – and they weren’t up to par with Loeb and McGuinness‘ pay grade.

Ditto with Guardians of the Galaxy and McNiven (and eventually Bendis as well).

Bendis actually posted a similar reason on his Facebook when Moon Knight was canceled in that the book no longer kept up with what his pay requirements were, but that they were only on Moon Knight for 12 issues as it was.

Yeah, sure.

Cosmic Book News and fans have been telling Marvel literally for years that their new “pseudo-Cosmic” wouldn’t work.

Loeb has been known to be taking over Marvel Cosmic for the past couple years and was the reason cited for the complete cancelation of the previous line.

Now he’s off the book after a couple issues?

Great job, Axel Alonso, Stephen Wacker and company.

Oh, Wacker offered the following (via Newsarama) about Wells’ Nova (bold my own):

We have a group of writers now who have been together for a few years. We’re trying to break down those walls a little bit, so there’s not just ‘cosmic books’ that deal with ‘cosmic things.’ I’m more excited to see Nova meet Daredevil, or meet the Hulk — mix the waters a bit,” Wacker says, praising the ability of both Loeb and Wells at handling those types of stories.

Still no clue, Stephen?

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Marvel Rips Off Kamen Rider Sprits Anime For Their New NINO Nova

We knew that Ed McGuinness and Jeph Loeb’s new NINO Nova was a take on some kind of Anime design.

Now we have the proof.

It looks like the following helmet from the 2008 Anime, Kamen Rider Spirits.

Looks like Marvel ripped it off pretty much exactly.

Or is “influenced by” a better set of words?

They also ripped off of Spider-Man for NINO Nova as well, but I suppose they can do that.

Anybody know the back story to the character that owns the helmet in Kamen Rider Spirits?

(via Bleeding Cool)

Updated: in full color (second image).




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Review: Nova #2 (Loeb & McGuinness)

Once again, McGuinness and Gracia deliver a feast for the eyes with magnificent art and coloring.

Once again, Loeb tries to set the record for cramming as many teen superhero clichés as possible into a single comic book.

It literally took me five minutes to read this book in the store, and I can honestly say that the only thing that kept me from being utterly bored by it was my outrage at Loeb’s rape and strangulation of the concepts that made Nova Volume IV and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II great.

Let’s start with characterization – specifically Gamora and Rocket.  Instead of the sexy, dangerous, impulsive sociopath, Gamora has been reduced to a “Princess Leia” role uncharacteristically urging restraint while muttering something about NINO being “Our last best hope.” Pardon me while I roll my eyes at this hackneyed and – in this case – totally stupid story device. Two of the greatest warriors in the local group pinning all their hopes on a 15-year-old kid Yeah – that’s plausible – if you’re the nine-year-old boy at whom this book is presumably aimed.

Instead of the smart-ass cool tactician, Rocket is reduced to a hot-headed, impulsive, insensitive jerk who starts firing his weapon at a scared, startled child. Pardon me while I sadly shake my head in disgust.

Is this the Gamora and Rocket we knew and grew to admire in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II?  I think not. Total mischaracterizations of both by a writer who clearly doesn’t care about what the fans really want from Marvel Cosmic? I think so.

And haven’t we seen this “I know what I saw, so why won’t anybody believe me” type scene many times before in other comic books and in movies and cartoons aimed at the pre-pubescent crowd?  What about the “testing out the powers” scene?  Or the flying through the town signpost scene? Or the “throwing away of the helmet and having it boomerang back” scene?  Or the maudlin daddy issues scene?  Like I said – cliché after cliché.

At least issue #1 had the Black-Ops scenes to save it from being totally boring. No such luck with this issue. Between the clichés, the morphing of Gamora/Rocket into generic supporting character roles, and the total un-likeability of the main character; this issue was a real snooze fest. Literally nothing of real interest happened.

I’m also finding that I’m growing to dislike the manga costume (I refuse to call it a uniform) more and more every time I see it. The adults in the Black-Ops Cohort could pull it off – but it looks totally ridiculous on a 15-year-old kid. 

In the last review I said I could at least respect Wacker’s honesty in telling the Rider Nova fans to take a hike if they didn’t like Loeb’s hack-job on the Nova concepts. I take that back now. After spending so much time denigrating and disrespecting the Rider Nova fans on various forums, Wacker now reverses himself in the letters page of this book and tries to glad-hand the Rider Nova fans. His about-face seems less than genuine to me, and I found it to be the most egregious insult yet – as if a “shout-out” is going to change anything.

Too many brave trees gave their lives needlessly for this book. If not for the art it would be a total waste of paper. If you must satisfy your curiosity, just thumb through this book in the shop and put it back on the shelf. It isn’t worth your time and money.

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Loeb Nova and Bendis Guardians of the Galaxy Come In Around 70-80,000 In Sales

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6049:]]Diamond Comics released their top 100 comic books for February 2013 where we see our archnemesis NINO Nova has come in at #14, directly followed by his evil henchmen the Bendis Guardians of the Galaxy 0.1 issue at #15.

The final numbers aren’t out yet, but if we compare those slots to January sales that puts them somewhere around 70-80,000.

Not bad sales numbers and pretty much what was expected with all the variants and promo behind the titles.

Of course, McGuinness and McNiven have a lot to do with that as well.

It will be interesting to see what happens to sales as in the case with Nova, fans liked the Black Nova Corps science-fiction aspects of the first issue, but Loeb seems to be going in the opposite direction with a new teen Spider-Man.

And for Guardians of the Galaxy, it has already been announced that McNiven will be replaced as of issue four for an arc.

For perspective, January’s Avengers #4 sold around 83,000, with New Avengers #2 at 79,400; those two bookend Nova #1 and GoTG .1.

Possibly a more stable title to compare sales to would be with Green Lantern, as January’s #16 came in around 73,000.

Here’s the complete list:

1 1 204.22   JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 $3.99 DC
2 2 117.77   UNCANNY X-MEN #1 $3.99 MAR
3 3 100.00   BATMAN #17 $3.99 DC
4 4 69.88   JUSTICE LEAGUE #17 $3.99 DC
5 6 67.57   SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 MAR
6 7 63.64   SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #4 $3.99 MAR
7 8 62.79   UNCANNY X-MEN #2 $3.99 MAR
8 9 58.09   UNCANNY AVENGERS #4 $3.99 MAR
9 10 56.96   DETECTIVE COMICS #17 $3.99 DC
10 14 56.59   SECRET AVENGERS #1 $3.99 MAR
11 11 56.56   ALL NEW X-MEN #7 $3.99 MAR
12 12 56.32   AVENGERS #6 $3.99 MAR
13 13 54.72   AVENGERS #5 $3.99 MAR
14 15 53.66   NOVA #1 $3.99 MAR
15 16 53.32   GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #0.1 $3.99 MAR
16 17 47.86   NEW AVENGERS #3 $3.99 MAR
17 22 47.16   GREEN LANTERN #17 $2.99 DC
18 26 43.64   BATGIRL #17 $2.99 DC
19 27 42.19   WALKING DEAD #107 (MR) $2.99 IMA
20 29 41.22   NIGHTWING #17 $2.99 DC
21 32 40.47   BATMAN AND ROBIN #17 $2.99 DC
22 35 38.87   AQUAMAN #17 $2.99 DC
23 21 38.66   SAVAGE WOLVERINE #2 $3.99 MAR
24 37 38.03   DEADPOOL #5 $2.99 MAR
25 18 37.95   ACTION COMICS #17 $3.99 DC
26 19 37.64   UNCANNY X-FORCE #2 $3.99 MAR
27 20 37.31   INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #4 $3.99 MAR
28 38 37.16   BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #17 $2.99 DC
29 40 36.77   BATMAN INCORPORATED #8 $2.99 DC
30 44 35.63   FEARLESS DEFENDERS #1 $2.99 MAR
31 23 35.25   CAPTAIN AMERICA #4 $3.99 MAR
32 41 35.22   RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #17 $2.99 DC
33 24 34.42   THOR GOD OF THUNDER #5 $3.99 MAR
35 5 32.75   AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 $7.99 MAR
36 45 32.11   SAGA #10 (MR) $2.99 IMA
37 46 31.99   EARTH 2 #9 $2.99 DC
38 30 30.66   IRON MAN #6 $3.99 MAR
39 31 30.60   CABLE AND X-FORCE #4 $3.99 MAR
40 51 30.57   STAR WARS #2 $2.99 DAR
41 33 29.90   WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #25 $3.99 MAR
42 49 29.86   FANTASTIC FOUR #4 $2.99 MAR
43 50 29.53   GREEN LANTERN CORPS #17 $2.99 DC
44 34 29.46   BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #5 (MR) $3.99 DC
46 59 28.91   YOUNG AVENGERS #2 $2.99 MAR
47 53 28.73   THUNDERBOLTS #4 $2.99 MAR
48 36 28.72   BEFORE WATCHMEN DR MANHATTAN #4 (MR) $3.99 DC
49 54 28.49   FLASH #17 $2.99 DC
50 56 28.06   GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #17 $2.99 DC
51 57 27.65   THUNDERBOLTS #5 $2.99 MAR
52 25 26.26   HIT-GIRL #5 (MR) $4.99 MAR
53 60 26.01   TEEN TITANS #17 $2.99 DC
54 62 25.95   WONDER WOMAN #17 $2.99 DC
55 63 24.67   DAREDEVIL #23 $2.99 MAR
56 64 24.49   HAWKEYE #8 $2.99 MAR
57 70 23.92   GREEN ARROW #17 $2.99 DC
58 66 23.79   DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED #2 $2.99 MAR
59 65 23.78   RED LANTERNS #17 $2.99 DC
60 67 23.77   FF #4 $2.99 MAR
61 47 23.53   ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #20 $3.99 MAR
63 71 22.31   AVENGERS ARENA #4 $2.99 MAR
64 193 22.06   LEGEND O/T SHADOWCLAN #1 $1.00 ASP
65 72 21.60   AVENGERS ARENA #5 $2.99 MAR
66 52 21.56   X-MEN #41 $3.99 MAR
67 55 21.33   SECRET AVENGERS #37 $3.99 MAR
68 74 21.26   BATWOMAN #17 $2.99 DC
69 76 20.90   SWAMP THING #17 $2.99 DC
70 77 20.62   X-MEN LEGACY #6 $2.99 MAR
71 58 20.43   AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #17 $3.99 MAR
72 79 20.04   CATWOMAN #17 $2.99 DC
73 80 20.01   SUPERGIRL #17 $2.99 DC
74 61 19.56   AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #12 $3.99 MAR
75 84 19.53   ANIMAL MAN #17 $2.99 DC
76 86 18.80   WORLDS FINEST #9 $2.99 DC
77 88 18.58   TALON #5 $2.99 DC
79 48 17.94   AVENGERS ASSEMBLE ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR
80 97 17.93   KATANA #1 $2.99 DC
81 68 17.77   DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #5 $3.99 MAR
82 90 17.76   SUPERBOY #17 $2.99 DC
83 89 17.68   HAPPY #4 (MR) $2.99 IMA
84 92 17.50   SUICIDE SQUAD #17 $2.99 DC
85 94 17.15   JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #17 $2.99 DC
86 95 17.08   MORBIUS LIVING VAMPIRE #2 $2.99 MAR
87 100 16.18   SCARLET SPIDER #14 $2.99 MAR
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Where Is The Nova #1 Sold Out Announcement and New Variant?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5822:]]Hmm…the forums over at Comic Book Resources seem to be censoring user posts that don’t jive with Marvel, editor Stephen Wacker, or even Dan Slott from what I’m hearing.

And I guess they have been doing it for a while.

Might as well post mine here.

All I wanted to ask editor Stephen Wacker was when is Marvel announcing that Nova #1 had sold out and we are going to get a second print variant?

I also asked if he thought retailers may have under ordered the issue like Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel said about BendisGuardians of the Galaxy .1.

Regarding Nova #1 and various reviews and comments, people seem to be divided over the issue’s contents.

A majority seemed to love the Black Nova Corps covert concept, but really disliked the “been there done that” Spider-Man routine.

It’s sort of ironic as people like the more science-fiction elements that Marvel chose to dump with DnA’s run, and didn’t like the Spider-Man not in space mumbo jumbo.

A big question seems to be which direction will Loeb be taking the book?

Well, don’t we already have our answer? The book is currently taking place before the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon (same Sam) as well as the 2011 Point One issue and subsequent AvX appearances.

There’s also the question: What’s up with a 15 year old joining an elite covert military squad? What’s Loeb done? Make the Black Nova Corps the Taliban?

Of course, we have to wait and see how things play out, but it could very well take place in an alternate universe and play into the coming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Marvel “Infinity” event storyline.

Right now, I’m sure Wacker is thanking McGuinness for being on board this.

You can read our 1 star review of the issue here.


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Jeph Loeb’s Nova #1 Has 7 Covers (At Least)

We can add one more cover to Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’ new NINO (Nova In Name Only Nova) Nova #1.

Doug Smith of the NovaPrimePage informs us about the following unsolicited Skottie Young baby variant, which is a work in progress.

With all the promotion and variants being put on this and Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy, you could throw my name on the cover and it would sell just as much.


NOVA #1 

Variant Cover by MARCOS MARTIN 
Variant Cover by J. Scott Campbell 
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA 
Sketch Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA 
Blank Cover Variant Also Available 


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Nova #2 Variant Cover Reveals Rocket Raccoon & Gamora

There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding both Rocket Raccoon and Gamora.

We’ve seen all the Rocket Raccoon promos before, but now the spotlight looks to be on Gamora.

Gamora is also featured on a variant for BendisGuardians of the Galaxy #1.

Here is the variant for Nova #2 with Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, and of course, Kid Nova.

Thanks to the Nova Prime Page for the pic.


Variant Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
• A boy, a helmet, and an intergalactic legacy!
• Sam Alexander isn’t just any 15-year old, he’s just been recruited to the Nova Corps: the Universe’s police force.
• What do you get when you pair a raccoon, a green alien lady and a scared teenager? An amazingly awesome origin tale!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


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Loeb Says New Nova Was Created Because DnA Killed Off Richard Rider; & New Art

Marvel held one of their Next Big Thing conference calls with Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV and writer of the new Kid Nova.

There’s an interesting excerpt from the call over at CBR:

The call began with Loeb describing the pitch of the series and its first issue. “We begin at the beginning,” he said. “Ed McGuinness and I are huge Nova fans, and in particular Rich Rider fans and the Nova Corps and all this stuff that’s been going on for decades.” He said part of what got the ball rolling on this book was that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning decided to kill off the former Nova in their Cosmic run, necessitating a new young hero to pick up the helm. “We were incredible fortunate that we became the prologue for the gigantic event that was ‘Avengers Vs. X-Men’…I think that speaks to how important Nova is to the Marvel Universe.”

“He said part of what got the ball rolling on this book was that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning decided to kill off the former Nova in their Cosmic run, necessitating a new young hero to pick up the helm.”

So it had nothing to do with Loeb taking over Cosmic which we knew about months prior to the cancellation of Nova and GoTG?

And it had nothing to do with the new Ultimate Spider-Man TV show.

And it had nothing to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

There is another interesting quote Nova fans should love:

Even the change to a blue helmet for the character from the previous version has an explanation behind it. “What we know about the Novas is not everything we know about the Novas,” he said, noting that they’d gone back through all the mythology of previous Nova series. “It was not done from a benign point of view. There is a story reason for it.”

Enjoy the art:

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Guardians of the Galaxy #.1 Ed McGuinness Variant Cover Revealed

Check out the Ed McGuinness Guardians of the Galaxy #.1 Ed McGuinness Variant for February 2013.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4045:]]GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #0.1
Variant Cover by Ed McGuinness
Sketch Variant by Steve McNiven
Move over Avengers…the Guardians got this.
GamoraDraxRocket RaccoonGroot. …and the Invincible Iron Man?!
The Marvel Universe just got bigger as the legendary cosmic epic returns in the hands of superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, All-New X-Men) and Steve McNiven (Civil War; Old Man Logan).
In this special prelude issue meet the man behind the Guardians: Star-Lord… and discover how this child of Earth became the leader of the rag-taggiest of teams in all the Galaxy. All setting the stage for next month’s historic Guardians of the Galaxy #1. This is the start of something big, Marvel fans.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


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Point One Nova and Star-Lord Thoughts


Today’s issue of Point One saw both the Kid Nova, from Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness‘ upcoming Nova, and Star-Lord from the Bendis and McNiven’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

As per the previous Point One issue – that was six bucks as well – there really isn’t much to the stories.

All the Bendis story was about is Star-Lord as a youth discovering the Element gun. He’s at his farm house where a couple of Ariguan soldiers are hunting him down. His mom gets killed, he blasts them with a shot gun, finds the element gun and his house gets blown up. McNiven manages to stretch the story out with numerous panels; think a camera with it it’s shutter open.


And Loeb’s Nova, I thought, was absolutely ridiculous. Kid Nova is coming off a high with recently being invited to join the Avengers by Thor. He’s flying around when Diamond sees him, and they begin to fight. Diamondhead gets the best of young Sam and then proceeds – I guess – to touch or take off the helmet. Well, Kid Nova doesn’t like that with an ensuing light blast of some kind. Diamondhead awakes, and can’t see. Kid Nova says the reason is because it’s dark outside, but no, Diamondhead really can’t see, with Kid Nova saying maybe it will be temporary.

“How about a ride?”” asks Diamondhead.

To which Kid Nova responds, “No way! And if you ever try anything again I’ll bring the Avengers down on you!”


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New Nova – No Worldmind or Nova Corps


Cosmic Book News first received word that Jeph Loeb was taking over Marvel Cosmic almost two years ago prior to the cancelation of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy.

At this weekend’s New York Comic-Con, the news officially was revealed that – as expected – Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness are on a new Nova series, what fans are dubbing “Kid Nova” or “Nino Nova.”

The new Nova, Sam Alexander, the same from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, is a teenage Nova from Arizona who discovers a Nova helmet and is off to a path of discovery.

Jeph Loeb in an interview with Newsarama, notes the Richard Rider fans – how huge fans they are – but says this will be something different.

Sam Alexander and his story has been in the works for some time now. We knew what Abnett and Lanning’s plans were to wrap up a massively wonderful storyline and that gave us a number of new opportunities. We wanted to respect Richard Rider’s passing (huge fans) and still move forward with Nova. This is Sam’s story. It’s different from what we’ve seen before but hopefully fans and new readers will respond to him.

Loeb continues with mention of how he and artist Ed McGuinness are “huge” fans of Nova, and that Marvel Cosmic matters, with mention that Marvel Cosmic will be incorporated into the regular Marvel U.

Ed and I are huge Nova fans. Who else would possibly bring back Diamondhead? We’ll be staying on the book as long as we can. What’s important is that the “relaunch” of Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy are just part of a very large initiative to bring these characters into the Marvel Universe in a critical important way — so that the “cosmic” titles don’t feel like their own special place — they are special! And like the X-Men, the Avengers and Spider-Man, these books matter!

This new Nova has only had a few brief appearances so far, many questions are to be answered, but Loeb does offer that this new Nova will not have the Worldmind or the Nova Corps.

Nova has to first learn what is to be a hero. He doesn’t have the Worldmind. He doesn’t even have any other members of the Nova Corp. It’s like trying to learn how to operate heavy machinery without an instruction manual. But he has a very clear tie to the past history of the Corp and that will be a driving force for the series.

Loeb even mentions that there has been some collaboration with new Guardians of the Galaxy writer Brian Michael Bendis, and that we will have to wait and see if there is some kind of coordination.


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Kid Nova Fights Diamondhead By Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness

Cosmic Book News knew 2 years ago or so that Jeph Loeb was to take over Marvel Cosmic.

And now, Marvel released the following new Marvel NOW! Point One teaser announcing Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness on a Kid Nova story.

This is the third Kid Nova story of the year, I believe, and the forth since Loeb introduced him in the first Point One.

Kid Nova also appears in the last issue of Avengers vs. X-Men #12, after waking from a coma that has seen Kid Nova down and out since AvX began.

I suppose it’s technically not “official” that there will be a new ongoing featuring Kid Nova after this, but it seems as much.

Oh, on the cover we see Kid Nova fighting classic Nova villain, Diamondhead.

Getting beat up.

Sacrilege, I tell ya.

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New Thanos Origin Series This October From Joe Keatinge

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2113:]]While September sees two Thanos reprint stories from Marvel Comics, this October sees Joe Keatinge and Richard Elson tackle the Mad Titan with the five issue mini-series, Thanos: Son Of Titan.

The series actually takes place prior to the official start of the Marvel U., Fantastic Four #1, according to USA Today, with Keatinge adding, “It is about how Thanos came to be. I don’t go Forrest Gump on it, but aspects of the Marvel Universe have been born that directly turn Thanos into who he is.”

The series sees a young Thanos prior to his love affair with Mistress Death, with Marvel Editor Stephen Wacker hinting that the series will explore what motivates Thanos of Titan.

“He ends up at the point where he’s worshiping Death and destroying universes,” said Wacker. “How do you get to that head space where you’re like, ‘This is what I want to do with the rest of my life?’ “

Keatinge comes over from Image Comics where he had recently published his hit series Glory and Hell Yeah. The writer commented on his Tumblr how excited he is to pen the Marvel Cosmic big baddie.

Its been surreal. I was of the perfect age when THANOS QUEST/INFINITY GAUNTLET hit and I became enamored with the character instantly. In fact, in a really bit of odd kismet I had just dug into the original WARLOCK run by Starlin when Avengers came out and, well, that stinger’s not a spoiler anymore, right?

Anyway, point being, when they asked me to write it, I was in the absolute perfect obsessed-with-Thanos headspace. I’m beyond stoked.

This is definitely a passion project in every single possible way. Huge thanks to the folks over at Marvel for making this happen!

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