Characters Appearing: Bernie Dillon, Caps Cooper, Charles Rider, Comet, Corruptor, Donna-Lee Dover, Ginger Jaye-Firestone, Gloria Rider, Mike Burley, Nova (Rich Rider), Robbie Rider
Issue(s): Nova #20, Nova #21
Rich follows his father on one of his mysterious trips and finds him working with some sort of secret society (there's an interlude with Nova getting information from a crime boss called "Shuffles", the less of which is said, the better).
It turns out his father was caught up in a scheme by the Corruptor.
Nova rescues his father and stops the Corruptor's current plans, but the Corruptor is still free.
Rich's brother Robbie has built a robot that looks like Sherlock Holmes...
...and it manages to follow Rich to the Corruptor's lair, so Robbie sees Nova standing over his father's passed out body.
Because of this, Rich decides to reveal his secret identity to his family, which i thought was a great and realistic move.
This really changes the dynamic of the series and breaks some new ground for a super-hero comic. They take the news well, which is also nice.
Meanwhile, Mike Burley finds a sick bum in an alley and takes him to the hospital. In the hospital the man is exposed to x-rays, which trigger a mysterious reaction. The man will turn out to be a (retconned) Golden Age hero named the Comet.
Buscema's art, the return of the Corruptor, and the fact that Nova breaks comic book taboo and reveals his identity to his family make this arc a better than average story for Nova.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Pushing this forward in publication time just a bit to make room for Nova's appearance in Marvel Two-In-One annual #3, which takes place after Fantastic Four #201.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
kinda too bad they couldnt have taken a real old timely character instead of making up the comet. wheres roy thomas when you need him?
Posted by: kveto from prague | October 4, 2011 1:00 PM
#20 has a scene where Nova beats two guys up to find out information - usually when Spider-Man or Daredevil get info they threaten guys with violence but don't actually beat them up. Not Nova - he crashes through the apartment wall of two guys who are just minding their own business. When they object and try to call the police he destroys their telephone, then proceeds to throw them all around the room and into walls until they tell him what he wants to know. It's a pretty disturbing scene actually.
Posted by: S | April 2, 2017 11:57 AM
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