The Fate Of Richard Rider a.k.a NOVA Revealed In Upcoming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Comic

In 2010, Marvel released The Thanos Imperative, a six-part limited series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. In that series, many cosmic heroes, including the Guardians of the Galaxy and NOVA (Richard Rider), joined together to keep the "Cancerverse" from spreading into the Marvel Universe. At the end of that series (SPOILER ALERT) Nova and Starlord seemingly sacrificed their lives to keep Thanos trapped in the Cancerverse until its destruction.

Last year, when it was revealed that Starlord and Thanos had survived the Cancerverse, many comic fans wondered what happened to Richard Rider. Since The Thanos Imperative, the original Nova has been nowhere to be found. Is he alive? Is he dead? What exactly happened? Now, it seems like all of our questions will finally be answered.

On Brian Michael Bendis' blog, the writer was asked, "When will we get the answers to why Richard Rider is still missing from the Marvel Universe?" Bendis replied, "In the Original Sin / Guardians tie-in issues, which are going to be drawn by...a huge name I have never worked with before." For those of you who don't know, Original Sin is an upcoming Marvel event; a murder mystery in which The Watcher is killed. The event will stem off into standalone stories for each title, including Guardians of the Galaxy. This is BIG news for longtime fans of Nova, since Richard Rider has been Nova for over 30 years (long before Sam Alexander, who debuted as Nova last year). There's no official word on which issue will reveal the fate of Richard Rider, but we can expect it sometime this summer.

Thanks to fellow contributor Lokein Lyesmith for the info! And if you haven't read it yet, go ahead and buy The Thanos Imperative to catch up on what happened to Richard Rider last.

9 comments:

  1. Maybe Richie is the one who killed the Watcher!

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    1. Could be. Maybe he got tired of seeing his big head pop up everywhere.

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  2. I can't wait to read this. Been wondering what happend to RichRider for a while now

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  3. Yooouu'rrreee welcome!

    I'm excited to see what happens. I hope it changes things a bit. Shakes it up and upsets the status quo, so maybe we can get to some of the things Bendis set up in the beginning of the series with their different stories. I'm really itching for that stuff!

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    1. Me too. It seems he introduced a lot of storylines that havent gone anywhere yet.

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  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lk-DRH2bVM

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  5. Well, to be honest, this is what many fellow long-time Richard Rider fans and I have kind of been actually dreading would come. With Bendis, the current heads of of Marvel Comics(Breevort, Alonso, etc) and Loeb and Wacker on Marvel Animated all still working, we have come to fear that nothing good will come out of this for us. I am sorry to say. There's been a rumor going around that the fate of Rider isn't a good one. A few theories Nova fans have been speculating on all seem to spell doom for our hero. For fans of this Sam Alexander buzzing around as "Nova" they may actually rejoice. For real Nova fans, it'll be a stab in the back for our loyalty. We grew to share the pain and anger many Peter Parker fans have been going through the past 5 years. With Rider, we truly believe he was wrongfully replaced by Alexander out of convenience as a big favor to a certain creative head and it was decided that Richard Rider must simply be written off for good in order to to continue to do whatever they are doing with "Cosmic Marvel". Which is, to paraphrase Breevort, "There is no more Cosmic Marvel. There is only the Marvel Universe." Rider never got the exposure that Alexander has had yet sold better than the current series. Nova Vol.4 also had a lot more critical acclaim from both readers and respected critics...all without a lot of exposure, ads, promotion ,etc. That Richard Rider suddenly became a "headache" to some at current Marvel is not fair and a very grave injustice and insult to the memory and legacy of The Man Called Nova. He became the Captain America/Superman superhero character for us during Annihilation. There were a lot more stories DnA had planned on for Nova so they decided not to kill him off and instead place him in creative limbo until Marvel decided to come back to their senses and continue his story. But then the Avengers film became a surprise box office giant that saved Marvel from completely going under. Marvel Studios execs wanted Whedon to have Thanos be involved and his surprise cameo got everyone at Marvel Comics scrambling to figure out how to bring this Thanos guy back from the events of The Thanos Imperative. I've been a real Nova fan for years and the 2007 series was a reward for all the years of supporting the character. We Nova fans do not feel we are entitled or are owed anything from Marvel. But, we do expect quality products. We have never fully supported the current series calling itself "Nova". Other than the art, it is a poor product. It is meant for children. Why do we need a struggling, inferior, newbie character from out of the blue when we already have a great character in Rider? Rider became a leader, a commander in chief, already had many likeable character traits, and had always been a very positive strong role model throughout his career. I do not need a bumbling Jar Jar Binks replacing Nova Prime. Young Justice, not Teen Titans Go, is what the real Teen Titans were all about. Why revert back to a rookie Bruce Wayne in Year One when we already have a seasoned Batman the Dark Knight Detective?

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