Nova (Sam Alexander)

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Sam Alexander
Nova NOW! 1.jpg
Cover to Nova vol. 5 #1
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Point One #1 (November 2011)
Created by Jeph Loeb
Ed McGuiness
In-story information
Alter ego Sam Alexander
Species Human
Place of origin Earth
Team affiliations Nova Corps
New Warriors
New Avengers

Access to the Nova Force via helmet:

Superhuman strength, durability, flight, energy projection, universal translation, and survivability in space.

Nova (Sam Alexander) is a fictional character, a superhero who appears in publications from Marvel Comics. The character, a space-faring member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps, was created in 2011 by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Ed McGuiness, based on the original Nova, Richard Rider, who was created in 1976 by Marv Wolfman and John Buscema. The Sam Alexander version of the character first appeared in the Marvel Point One one-shot in November 2011 before starring in his own series beginning in February 2013.

Publication history[edit]

After debuting in Point One, Alexander appeared in Avengers vs. X-Men #1 (April 2012) and #12 (October 2012). He now stars in Nova, volume 5, originally written by Jeph Loeb with art by Ed McGuiness, which debuted February 20, 2013.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Sam Alexander is a fifteen year-old living in Carefree, Arizona with his father, mother, and little sister. His father is a drunk who often talks about his supposed life as a Nova Centurion, and shirks his duties as janitor at his son's school. Sam's mother is Latina and a homemaker. It is hinted throughout the series that Sam's mom knows something about her husband's previous, heroic lifestyle. When Sam comes home from school to find his father missing, Sam accidentally injures himself and wakes up in a hospital. There, he is greeted by Rocket Raccoon and Gamora, who reveal Sam's father really was in the Nova Corps.[2] After putting on the helmet, Sam travels to the moon, meeting Uatu the Watcher, who reveals a fleet of ships. Upon returning to Earth he reunites with Rocket Raccoon and Gamora, who train and tell him to scout the Chitauri fleet.[3]

Sometime later, Sam has become a Nova before the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline. He is on a mission to warn planets in the path of the Phoenix it is coming.[4] He crashes on Earth, but is able to deliver the warning.[5]

After recovering, Nova joins the Avengers and the X-Men against Cyclops, who has become the Dark Phoenix. Thor then asks if Sam will join the Avengers.[6]

On his way home, Sam is ambushed by Diamondhead (who bears a grudge against Sam's predecessor Richard Rider). Sam defeats Diamondhead by luck, and leaves the villain stranded in the desert.[7]

During the "Original Sin" storyline, Sam Alexander begins to reflect on his superhero career. Sam goes for another day of training with Uatu the Watcher at the Watcher's moon base. Stumbling around the place, he ends up finding Uatu's weapons storage. Sam asks about some of them and Uatu gives him the origin story of the Watchers. He even shows Sam what he watches in the Multiverse all of it using his Nova helmet. Sam also learns that Uatu's father was the Watcher who originally gave nuclear technology to the Prosilicans with Uatu's search of parallel universes being motivated by the desire to find the one world where his father's act of charity was proved to be the right thing to do. Uatu also reveals that Jesse Alexander is alive. Sam promptly flies out of there happy as a lark.[8]

In other media[edit]


Video games[edit]

  • Nova is available as downloadable content for the game LittleBigPlanet, as part of "Marvel Costume Kit 5".[11]
  • Nova will be a playable character in the MMORPG Marvel Heroes, with Logan Miller reprising his speaking role.[12]
  • Nova serves as an unlockable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
  • Sam Alexander/Nova appears in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, as part of the Ultimate Spider-Man Playset Pack, voiced by Logan Miller
  • Nova has been added as the unlockable hero for pvp season 18 in Marvel: Avengers Alliance on Facebook.


  • A Nova toy will be available in the Ultimate Spider-Man 6-inch toyline in 2013.[14]
  • Nova is in the Dutch Shop plus as an action figure.


The first issue of Nova debuted to positive reviews, including a perfect score at[15] Reviewing for Multiversity Comics, Matthew Meylikhov called the series a "rather exciting prospect" and gave the issue a "Buy" rating, but derided its pacing.[16]


  • The character was named in honor of Loeb's son Sam Loeb, who died in 2006 due to complications from cancer. Loeb would depart the series after only five issues.
  • Sam Alexander is not an actual member of the Nova corps as his actions are unsanctioned by any indoctrinated members of the real corps.


  1. ^ Meylikhov, Matthew, 14 October 2012, "MC at NYCC ’12: Marvel Goes Cosmic with Bendis, McNiven, Loeb and McGuinness," Multiversity Comics, accessed 14 October 2012
  2. ^ Nova Vol 5 #1
  3. ^ Nova Vol 5 #2-3 (March 2013-April 2013), Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Marvel Point One one-shot (November 2011). Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Immonen, Stuart (a), Gracia, Marte (col). Avengers vs. X-Men: Infinite 1 (April 2012), Marvel Comics
  6. ^ Avengers Vs X-Men #12. Marvel Comics
  7. ^ Marvel NOW Point One one-shot (2012)
  8. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Cheung, Jim; Medina, Paco Medina (p) (Various) (i). Original Sin #0 (June 2014). Marvel Comics
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  11. ^ "Marvel Costume Kit 5". Sony. Archived from the original on December 30, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "New Heroes Revealed at NYCC 2012!". Marvel Heroes. 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ Hasbro USM official images,, 15 July 2012
  15. ^ NOVA #1 review,, 22 February 2013
  16. ^ Meylikhov, Matthew, 21 February 2013, "Review: Nova #1," Multiversity Comics, accessed 22 February 2013