So no announcement yet….and I’m feeling a little negative once more. Really though, what reason do we have to be upbeat? Rich is still dead. Marvel is still the same company off the tracks. Bendis still has hijacked GOTG. PC replacements of established heroes run amok. Continuity is still in hellish limbo chilling with the Dire Wraiths. Sadly…cosmic still sucks.
Timelord recently reflected on this exact topic on CBN in an op-Ed (Link) I happen to agree with him on at least 90 percent of this stuff.
I think folks are pretty sane in being wary…even though I always like to base my attitudes off facts….that is actually where we are coming from. The fact is Marvel did dick us over and treat us like shit. They just let Abnett walk. The fact is Marvel hasn’t done anything to rope me back in.
A “back room half-ass announcement” and dubious promo art that hasn’t been followed up on is nothing to high five over. No creative team or art displayed….weird. Worse, no evidence exists “Rider reborn” is going to have any sort of significant impact on the Marvel Universe. If Sean Ryan is handling the rebirth….plan on whatever Rider’s role is to be minor and disappointing.
This smells like a bushwhack.
Going forward, the cosmic books look to be still fractured, disjointed and very much the playground of a select group. Jeff Lemire looks to be using most of the good old Starlin characters and promised his book will be self-contained.
Sam Alexander in Champions still looks to be a big Marvel investment, so my thoughts are whatever Nova volume we see, it will be Sam Alexander heavy….even if Rich does show up somehow.
I saw worldmind is back. I’m very wary of Ryan setting any kind of canon with Nova lore at this point. His book has been a failure…his pitch was horrid and the book is a disgrace, just like his Suicide Squad was. We all need to move on from this guy….so I’m not gonna support it. If he brings back Rich, I may buy the book strictly as a completest…but that will be all. If he writes the next volume… I’ll panic. But I’ll honor my word and check out a couple issues.
Timelord’s own theory on Worldmind and Rich may indeed be true, but I do think we have to give it more time to see if that’s how it will play out. It could go many ways from here, even though Nova has only one more issue to wrap this up.
-Worldmind has nearly always been depicted in the Nova Prime helm and even the same full armor that Rich wore in the DnA era.
-It looks like he is made of energy from the pic I saw.
The argument that Ryan is not educated enough in Nova lore is fair, but could also work against TL’s theory: does Ryan even know that Worldmind can take the Avatar form of past Nova champions? Maybe not…
A lot of the books I was potentially excited for look less sexy now. Solo was written by Duggan (no way in hell will I buy that). Prowler is about a clone of Hobie Brown and will be written by Sean Ryan. Lemire’s Thanos sounds a bit narrow.