Today’s Super Comic — Nova #16 (2014)

I’m still reading Nova for the first time, and the series continues to serve up textbook YA fun with each issue.

Issue #16 wraps up a storyline that showcases how the young new Nova (Sam Alexander) is trying to be responsible, even as he keeps making mistakes. But the important thing is that he goes to great lengths to fix those mistakes.

This particular space-based adventure brings him into contact with Beta Ray Bill, an alien who’s worthy of wielding Thor’s hammer (that goes back to an old Thor storyline I haven’t read). Bill provides guidance and serves as a role model to Sam, and they’re not so busy saving the day that they can’t enjoy the overall experience.

And just as everything seems to be resolved, a new problem arises on the final page, one that no amount of super-powers can fix.

So far, Nova is a brightly colored book with a positive tone. Even though life is never easy for its protagonist, the series remains upbeat. A great option for YA readers.

Writer: Gerry Duggan

Penciler: David Baldeon

Inker: Terry Pallot

Cover: Paco Medina

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Nova vol. 3: Nova Corpse (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 11 and up