Last review of the night is the second issue of Nova. I liked the first issue and am intrigued to see where Jeph Loeb takes this story.
Summary: Picking up from last issue, Sam freaks out, what with being confronted by a talking racoon and a green assassin and all, and makes the mistake of calling Rocket Raccoon a talking raccoon... But his name has raccoon in it! Anyway, Rocket takes great offence at that and blasts Sam's pillow to pieces, which leads to Sam running out of the hospital room in terror. Gamora chides Rocket for his behavior since Sam was their "last, best hope." Sam fetches a nurse, and when he returns to his room with the nurse, Rocket and Gamora are naturally gone. Sam falls asleep, but is awakened by his father's Nova helmet, which fell under his bed when Rocket started shooting up the place. Sam takes the helmet outside(what kind of hospital would let a kid in a gown wander outside in the middle of the night?!) and punts it away, but that leads to the helmet shooting energy up into the air. Sam decides to put the helmet on, and becomes Nova. It also activates a message from his father telling him the standard, "I'll miss you, should have spent more time with you, etc" stuff that holographic recordings tend to say. After hearing that(and crash landing in the parking lot), Sam heads back inside. The next morning, Sam's doctors tell his mother that he was 100% healed, so she takes him home. Sam decides to put the helmet back on later in the evening, and turns into Nova again. This time he flies around, but ends up going too fast and winds up on the moon. This issue ends with Sam looking up to see the Watcher staring down at him.
Thoughts: Good stuff here. Sam is still really likable, and I like the pace at which Loeb is telling this story. I like the focus being on Sam, and not on any villains. Build up the character first, and then bring on the bad guys! If I had a complaint, it would be Rocket going all rabid on Sam, but maybe he IS rabid... I mean he is a raccoon and all... But yeah, good strong work here leaves me with no complaints.
Score: 8 out of 10.
So wait, you can't call him a raccoon?