Used mainly to set-up a series of events leading up to a classic misunderstanding (i.e. an overused comic book staple) and fight between two heroes in next month’s issue, Nova #12 continues Sam‘s adventures in the stars while his family deals with their own troubles on Earth.
After being dismissed by Galactic Kraven (seriously, how else do you describe the guy who hunts super-hero types for sport?), Nova answers a distress call of a Nova spaceship under attack. Despite being creeped-out that the ship is powered by a dead Nova, our hero gives the spaceship a power boost not realizing he’s just helped pirates and slavers avoid capture and continue to sell off their prisoners including the young girl who tricks Sam into helping.
Of course the whole point of this issue is to set-up the supremely ridiculously titled Nova #13NOW (really Marvel?) which will pit Sam against a very angry Beta Ray Bill and teach the young hero that things aren’t always what they seem. For fans.