An Infinity tie-in issue, Nova #8 focuses on Sam Alexander still trying to get a handle on his powers as the new Nova and being approached by Speedball and Vance Astrovik (the less interesting version of Vance Astro) about joining their new team. After turning down the Avengers, Sam isn’t all too keen on hitching up with a teen group although the pair’s experience of working with a previous Nova does pique his interest.
The issue also sets up next month’s one-on-one between Nova and Thanos‘ new pet Kalendra (slave assassin of Thanos’ lieutenant Promima Midnight) who the Mad Titan has sent after the new Nova to help quell his bad experiences with the old one.
Although the issue is an Infinity tie-in, I was able to follow the story easily without having to pick up Marvel’s latest event comic. Nova #8 continues the mix of action and humor that served the title well, but Kalendra is going to have to do more to impress me than what we get here if she’s going to be a major threat to Nova next month. Worth a look.