Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, the team that worked on issues of Superman and Superman/Batman have gone Marvel Now! with the first issue of Nova. They have brought in a new Nova so there is no need to go back and hunt down issues of Annihilation or Guardians of the Galaxy except to know that the Nova Corps are a version of the Green Lanterns. The Ed McGuinness cover has the teen Nova flying out of a space warp. The first page is a space vista which slowly winds in cinematic fashion seventenn years ago to the Nova narrator to his son Sam. The grizzled Nova, Jesse, is flying towards opponents ahead of his teammates, Titus and Mister Z’zz whom Sam calls the “thing with the thing.” This all leads to a two page spread as the Novas blast away at the aliens with Rocket Raccoon and Gamora. Rocket Raccoon was brought into the new Guardians of the Galaxy, but started out as a limited series with pencils by Mike Mignola. Gamora is the sword wielding green-skinned daughter of Thanos created by Jim Starlin.
Jesse’s reply to his teammate Titus, “Just peachy” gets a remark from Sam that people don’t say that anymore. He flies towards the Badoon spaceship and blows it up. Titus picks him up and later injects him with something. A panel breaks the narrative with the now older Jesse giving out a green shaded, “Blaargh!” Sam takes his father from the Carefree High School bathroom to a cot in the garage. Above Sam, rests the Nova helmet. Sam raids the fridge as his mother talks to him. They are about to get into an argument when they are interrupted by Sam’s younger sister, Kaelynn. The next morning, Sam skates to class when he is blocked by the fist of the school bully, Moffet. Just in case, you don’t get the Back to the Future reference, the bald, school personnel, Mr. Philbin, breaks them up. Sam is skating away his troubles when the girl with multiple piercings and purple hair streak, Carrie, offers to help him clean the restrooms to cover for his father.