Annihilation Scourge: Nova Review

by Nick Devonald on December 04, 2019

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Ibraim Roberson
Colors: Carlos Lopez
Letters: VC's Cory Petit

This is the follow up to Annihilation Scourge: Alpha, and it focuses on Richard Rider, A.K.A. Nova. Being an Annihilation event (albeit a mini one) it stood to reason that Nova was going to have a major role and I’m glad this one shot gave him his moment in the spotlight. I should add at this point I am a MAJOR fan of Nova, I was originally introduced to him in the original Annihilation event and have been a BIG fan since. I like his various appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy but I miss him having a solo series of his own, and while this isn’t it a part of me hopes this could be a stepping stone to one.

It starts off with a couple of pages giving a brief history of Nova, which should be sufficient for new fans to understand who he is and his history with Annihilation events, Annihilus and the Cancerverse. It’s also a nice trip down memory lane for old fans, reminding us of the different looks he’s had over the years and a quick recap of details we may have forgotten.

I like the way the event is set up, with a start and end then a series of one shots in the middle to let us  know what various characters are up to. It makes the event feel bigger than it actually is because these characters aren’t interacting with each other till the finale, giving it a bit of scope that otherwise only six issues might not. (a minor point, the Fantastic Four one shot should be read before this for very minor spoiler reasons with an ever so slight crossing over)

I had a bit of a concern in Annihilation Scourge: Alpha with the way that Rosenberg depicted Nova drinking away his sorrows and coming across a bit pathetic. I’m glad to say this issue was a return to form for the character.

I am really enjoying this mini event. It’s got everything I could want, great story, credible threat, fantastic art, on point writing, and of course Nova.

I need to take a moment to talk about the art as well. Ibraim Roberson does an amazing job here, there are a number of fantastic double spreads which really give us a chance to see Nova in action in a way we haven’t for a long time. The action really flows thanks to Roberson. And with Nova’s history with the Cancerverse and all that it means for him it’s nice to see him unleashing against his foes in a way he hasn’t got to in a long time.

It’s nice to see Annihilus and Rider needing to work together here. They have totally opposing views on, well, everything, so it makes for an interesting dynamic.

A real return to form for Richard Rider, an excellent issue in Annihilation Scourge, great art and excellent action scenes promise to make this a winner with fans of Marvels Cosmic.

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