I gave the series 12 issues when I learned that Marvel was going in the complete opposite direction of the previous Nova run by DnA, which sold better.
Now we learn there will be a third writer within the first ten issues of the series.
Jeph Loeb was announced to be leaving the title with only the second issue published; ditto for Ed McGuinness.
Then Zeb Wells was announced as the new series writer, only to come out and state he is doing five issues.
Now with Nova #10, Marvel announces Deadpool writer Gary Duggan on the book.
In an interview with Marvel.com, Duggan says he will be continuing with the themes that both Loeb and Wells began, and that NINO (as the fans call him “Nova In Name Only) will still be a 15-year-old screw up.
“I’ll be continuing some of those themes that [Jeph] Loeb and Zeb began,” Duggan said. “If he were a Dungeons & Dragons character, his wisdom would be quite low. It’s not that he’s unintelligent; it’s just that 15 year old kids screw up.”
Duggan also won’t be bringing back the Nova Corps, which Loeb stated from day one.
“We won’t be rebooting the Nova Corps, but Sam will be learning about the Corps through old Nova helmets that he’ll be recovering,” Duggan said.
It’s also said Duggan will be doing the 100th issue of Nova, but no mention is made of Richard Rider.
As Marvel has given the Loeb series more attention that its predecessor with A-List talent attached, the first Infinite comic by Mark Waid, appearances in the major Marvel events and a Disney cartoon attached to boot – it’s a wonder that Marvel continues with the series seeing how low it actually is selling and the amount of dollars invested.
However, lately – for some reason – Marvel seems to be keeping low selling titles around, such as Captain Ms. Marvel, which is under 20K; somthing unheard of in previous years. It looks as if NINO Nova may be going a similar route.
Duggan also mentioned in the interview that he would love for Sam to bump into Quasar. As a long time Wendell Vaughn fan, I hope not.
And as Joe Quesada always said, I’ll be voting with my wallet and not buying it, just as I continue to do.