Nova # 2 sales

Sales Data

The good news; sales of Nova # 1 still echo through the stratosphere, the solar system, galaxy, universe, and on to the multiverse now. Upon a cruel darkforce throne, the shattered portions of Genis-Vell  in the Dark Dimension have observed, read and approve of the new book. So too, the cowled visage of Ike Perlmutter thumbed the issue and noted the sales data as he affixed his iron mask and set out for world domination.

Whatever the case; the sales of Nova #1 sent a solid message to Marvel brass; folks dig Richard Rider, a Man called NOVA, and we want him around.

Before I get to the dull blow of Nova # 2’s sales, more facts on the first issue; Nova # 1 (last month) outsold the new Captain Marvel # 1. (this month) (By nearly 10k units) While I dig both characters and want both to succeed, that’s a huge message to Marvel in support of Rider and his potential fit. Carol is everywhere and coming off one of her biggest events. She’s got a movie on the way and has no lack of set-up. Again, that’s good for Rich and Sam.

The bad news; this month’s data shows Nova # 2 dropped markedly to 118 on the top 300 and 23k sales.

IMO this is not as bad as it looks. First, digital sales aren’t factored and neither are some international sales. This is pretty big nowadays.

Second, don’t get down, keep buying and let’s enjoy the ride. This is a good comic and nothing takes away from that. Whatever the case, I think it can last a long time. Marvel didn’t promo it worth much, and we showed up for that issue # 1 in solid numbers.

Thirdly, seems like the “word of mouth” really hit the net after issue # 2 to me as well, so although it is rare, maybe we can see a spike of readers next month.

Nevertheless, I’m disappointed and surprised with the sudden drop. I’ve got to say comic issues bounce in this weird never before seen flux that is frankly chaotic and scary. Take the ballyhooed “Mosaic” for example; which from issue 3 to 4 went from 30k sales and top 100  and meteored down to 180 and 11 k sales…I mean… what the fuck?!

Very very weird. I’m hoping digital sales paint a much better and bountiful picture for our human rockets….frankly, I think they do.

Within this oddball sales vibe, Nova is outselling the following more lauded titles; Star Lord and Rocket Raccoon, two characters also at their series own issue # 2, and also both of them are aided by the infernal hype overdrive of not only movies and cartoons, but toys, party napkins, transmorgrifiers, acne medicine and ice cream flavors as well. Star Lord and the GOTG appear everywhere these days and, at least get some page time in every event.

Despite this, Nova is clipping them. That’s good.

While I think it stinks all around these characters are selling low, I also think its just some wonky new era as well.

Further notables;

Only 1k units less sold than “Everybody’s darling” Ms. Marvel. That’s pretty good.

Nova also outsold the following books;

Superwoman # 6 low issue # and this book has a TV show to support it (a good show too)

Captain America: Sam Wilson- obviously a very supported and promo’d book that has been given a long leash and set up in bigger storylines.

Ghost Rider- Has a TV show to help promo him.

Black Widow- Movies and appears in many cartoons, games and gear.

Gwenpool- obviously heavy hype and promo

Cage- low issue and Netflix/ TV promo

Occupy Avengers- hyped book with much more promo and Avengers name.

Brief shout out to the new Sleep song; which is freaking awesome. If you haven’t been aware by now, I love Stoner/Doom/Sludge and Sabbathy-type rock.

Here is a sample if anyone digs:

Rock out Nova! See you all later.


Nova #3 Review

Another month, and another solid issue of Nova.

Nova # 3 continues the same strengths of what has gone on since December; despite a few minor gripes, the book has strong dialogue, pacing and excellent art that lights up the paper with an organic flare. Page after page of Perez’s lines routinely add to the storytelling and flow. Overall, even as a resident curmudgeon extraordinaire, (I hate nearly everything 🙂 ) I truly look forward to this volume every month.

As stated, this issue once again excels in the dialogue department. Loveness and Perez nail affable and whimsical banter between Sam and Rich with the added dry humor of the bounty hunters. Death’s Head and Titus need to be reoccurring characters. I laughed out loud a couple times and it was great to see someone nail the characters.

The plotting is well done. The book sets up numerous mysteries and reasons to keep reading. This issue in particular, contains an especially interesting reveal that (spoiler) Rich Rider has some control of this Cancerverse possession and can actually use the powers. In other words, Rich appears to be some sort of Cancerverse creature. It’s kinda of an awesome moment, and frankly, I would have done it with a splash page.

There’s a point in issue #3 where you realize that we’ve got more than one storyline out there, including Sam’s dad, the current Cancerverse possession, the girlfriend(s), and, with this issue the burning question of “who is hiring bounty hunters” to track down Nova helmets. (Guess: we know Thanos was collecting the helms circa Infinity in a seemingly forgotten plot point from vol.5)

# 3 was mostly an action issue with a smooth flow. There were, however, a few parts that were clunky and some (possible) continuity matters that were unclear.

I had a few notations/issues, some positive, some negative;

-Did I mention Death’s Head was (tic) awesome, yes?

-I actually really like Titus as well.

-I dig the Cancerverse possession of Rich. There’s not enough Lovecraft out there IMO, and it’s a complex evolution that adds a layer to RR.  The notion alone implies a couple of arcs worth of material. Never thought anybody could make Rich an even better character. ( I’ve got a few theories about Rich that I will save for a later blog post.)

-Cosmo went down a bit of a bitch. Knowhere is a pretty uber facility, it seemed a bit silly the security was woefully bad.

-I know they’re still implying the power to all Novas comes from the helmets, something that contrasts with the old continuity for yellow Novas and Rich.

The reality is; it’s not a minor quibble.

The fact Rich’s Nova powers were within his body have been huge plot points at the start of two great eras of Nova, that being Night Thrasher throwing him off a roof at the start of Volume 1, and Annihilation, where he needed to absorb the Worldmind and take in the full Nova Force. DnA also had an integral Arc in vol. 4 whereupon Rich’s absorption of the Nova Force essentially would kill him if he didn’t have the powers within his body. (The arc where he became Quasar briefly)

That being said, I will say it is not exactly clear from the issue if it really is the case. Rich may have been simply fooling or using a ruse tactic. Either way, it’s not a deal breaker…but I think it’s something that can be easily fixed to make sense. Whatever the case, I actually trust these guys for some reason.  🙂

-Rich Rider appears to be depowered significantly. He used to have greatly enhanced strength in the “class 100 range “ and go toe to toe with Gladiator or Silver Surfer. Its fine if he’s been depowered, but it would be nice to have him reference this within the book. It was annoying to see that nameless chitauri get the bead on him. I know there was a reference to the crowd and not being able to let loose, but Rich has fought in such tight conditions before.

-Still want to know the deal with worldmind. Due to the end of the last volume, this cannot just be brushed off as an older supporting character unused. Some aspect of this needs to be explained or else it just feels awkward.

-While Perez has stated the rank reduction to centurion has an explanation, Rich is also depicted in a flashback photo with Gamora as Centurion in rank, which is not possible.  I assume this to be an error.

-Was cool to see old New Warriors ladies. Excited to see Gamora next issue. Cool to see Loveness and Perez acknowledge the past. I love this, the future is great….but the past matters. That is an integral part of good serial fiction IMO.