Archive for February 20th, 2013
ChrisDeneen on Feb 20, 2013
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Sam Alexander is a kid bound by the gravity of a small town and a father whose ridiculous, drunken fairy tales about a “Nova Corps” were just another heavy burden in a life full of them. But luckily for Sam Alexander… soon gravity won’t even matter.
Nova #1 has many things going for it things that should have made this issue an amazing starting point for this new character. Instead we get something ham fisted and stale, a story completely devoid of heart and soul. The fact that Jeph Loeb wrote this didn’t really surprise me at all. His signature tropes are all there and they don’t work here any better than they did in his other works.
Meanwhile on the art side of the equation the book is really well done. Unfortunately we all know that good art can’t save a poor story but a good story can survive poor art. There are a lot of little touches that make the book visually striking but they are all for naught. If the narrative was a little more original and daring the book could easily have been considered a modern classic at least in my opinion. Sadly that’s not the case here.
I have been a Nova fan for years and I really wanted this new title to hit the ground running. I was able to forgive the fact that Marvel still hasn’t explained the final fate of Richard Ryder following “The Thanos Imperative” for a while at least. Suddenly out of nowhere Thanos returned and not far behind him was Star Lord both characters that seemingly died alongside Ryder as the Alternate reality known as the Cancer-verse was collapsing, With Ryder gone so went the Nova force from the universe or so we thought. Not giving the original Nova some kind of finality seems like an insult to the character. Hell even Star Lord could have mentioned what happened in an offhanded remark but we don’t even get that much.
As far as the new Nova goes it seems like a rough start for the series. Especially considering what we are actually reading takes place in the past. This version of Nova made his first appearance just before the kickoff of Avengers vs. X-Men desperately trying to out run the Phoenix force in an attempt to warn any worlds in its path of the coming destruction. I’m guessing we will tie back in to that eventually.
To wrap things up this was an extremely lack luster issue. The series may get better but with Loeb at the helm I won’t be holding my breath or anything.
TaliAdina on Feb 20, 2013
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I found this lady on her YouTube channel talking about comics, movies, conventions, interviewing artists and even Stan Lee (twice!). She’s a fellow Nightcrawler lover so she’s definitely alright in my book. The spotlight falls on Marlene aka
How did you get into comics and other geeky things?
Why did you start doing videos?
What can fans look forward from your site and your YouTube channel?
You had the opportunity to interview Stan Lee twice! What was were both experiences like?
You were also on the MTV series My Life As Liz. How did you get to be a part of that show and how was your experience?
Do you have any upcoming projects?
You’re a fellow Nightcrawler lover like myself, what did you think of his death, his AOA self, and do you think he should come back?
In your opinion, have things changed for the better in the geek universe for lady geeks? And what things in your mind need fixing?
What is your take on the fake geek girl controversy?
How can those of us who love comics encourage young girls and older ladies who want to to draw, write, or just be involved in comics?
Two: DISCUSS. Go to signings and thank/chat up your favorite creators. Go to conventions and meet people with similar interests. Find book clubs. Find comic social gatherings. Get on forums. Get on Twitter. Follow some blogs and comment (politely) on them. Go to your local comic book shop and hang out and talk to people and ask them what they’re reading. Repeat step one.
Three: CREATE. You have more imagination in you than you think. If you like comics, if you really want to get involved in them, create something. Write, draw, sketch, ink, letter, color, panel, edit… There are a hundred different roles you can fill. Plan something out and do it. Publish it as a webcomic. Start a Kickstarter and get funded if you need the help. If you’re an artist, start a deviantArt page and upload your work there so people can see it. Take your portfolio with you and go to conventions and make appointments to have people look at it. Get an internship at a comic book company– Marvel’s a great place to work at, and I can say that honestly. Get the word out about your stuff. Try harder and get the word out more. Nope, you can still spread the word even more!
For women, specifically, I’m not sure what I can say except that, as a woman, you may have to work a little harder to get the same respect you deserve. This “fake geek girl” nonsense has shown just how ignorant people can be. That’s not okay, but I have faith in you. I really do. You keep loving comics and making comics, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t. Anyone give you trouble and you send them to me, you hear? I’ll take care of ‘em.