Characters Appearing: Bernie Dillon, Condor, Laura Dunham, Nova (Rich Rider), Sphinx
Issue(s): Nova #5
The only thing that would make it better is if Condor's return somehow involved Marvel's ninth most popular bird man.
(The above scene is actually a recap from last issue, which i don't have. I'm missing an appearance of Birdbrain!!!!)
Backing up a bit, we start with Nova trying to nip Amazon's drone delivery service in the bud.
On his way back, he buzzes the Corruptor's office building.
Like a true Spider-Man successor, Nova is thinking about his various troubles. Among them are the fact that he has one girlfriend for the New Warriors series and another for this book. He notes that 'Nita is "blue... which is kinda weird... but kinda kinky, too". But he finds Laura in his apartment with Bernie.
They get to talking about their relationship and decide that they like each other but they want to take it slow. Then Condor dives in and kidnaps Laura. Nova tries to appeal to Condor's humanity, but it doesn't work.
Nova rescues Laura and then fights Condor for a bit. Considering Nova's current power levels, Condor seems outmatched. You can't even scratch the dude's costume.
Laura gets injured during the fight after all, and this shocks Condor to his sense and he helps Nova revive her with CPR.
All of this has been observed by the Sphinx. It really is just like old times.
Despite having a fondness for Nova's original series, this was the only issue of this series that i bought in realtime and hoooboy did i not decide to pick up any more after this. (At time of writing, it remains one of the few issues of the series that i own.) I'm actually now appreciating now how Chris Marrinan's art has a more-Erik-Larsen-than-thou aspect...
...which lends a kind of cartoony quality that fits with the use of a character like Condor. I also like where Fabian Nicieza lovingly mocks the older stories ("still the guy who invented an oxygen spray-can so you can breathe in outer space"!). But Condor's "a Birdbrain For The 90s" design is still bad, and his sob story is terribly cliched.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Note that Birdbrain restored Condor to (mostly) human form "recently", which suggests some time passing since last issue. Next issue is part of the Time And Time Again New Warriors crossover which begins in New Warriors #47. Since a footnote here references New Warriors #43 through #46, this takes place between New Warriors #46 and #47.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Fnord, Birdbrain appeared in Nova 3 and 4. So you're missing TWO appearances of Birdbrain.
Posted by: Michael | October 17, 2017 8:08 PM
Considering being a fan of Stern, really surprised you didn't namecheck Blackout as one of Nova's original rogues.
I'm still surprised nobody has ever thought to get back to having him fight Nova... admittedly he was dead for this and the next Nova series, but he's been back for more than a decade now.
Posted by: AF | October 17, 2017 8:30 PM
Bad news, AF...
Posted by: cullen | October 18, 2017 9:04 AM
He'll be back without explanation in a few months to appear in the background of a scene of incredibly powerful villains who are easily beaten up by the latest new self-insert Twitter character.
Posted by: AF | October 18, 2017 3:29 PM
Blackout appeared Again in the last Issue of Secret Empire....
Posted by: Jay Gallardo | October 21, 2017 9:36 AM
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