Nova (Sam Alexander)

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Textless cover of Nova vol. 5 #10 (August 2016).
Art by Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Point One #1 (November 2011)
Created byJeph Loeb
Ed McGuinness
In-story information
Alter egoSamuel "Sam" Alexander
Place of originEarth-616
Team affiliationsNova Corps
New Warriors
New Avengers
PartnershipsRichard Rider
Kamala Khan
Miles Morales
Notable aliasesSam
AbilitiesAccess to the Nova Force via helmet grants:
  • Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, accuracy, agility, reflexes and durability
  • Regenerative Healing Factor
  • Flight
  • Energy manipulation, Generation & projection
  • Telekinesis
  • Electromagnetic Discharges
  • Gravity Manipulation
  • Solid energy constructs
  • Holographic Illusions
  • Force fields and shields
  • Hyperspace Portals
  • Universal translation
  • Ability to breathe underwater and survive in space
  • Cosmic awareness
  • Enhanced intellect

Nova (Sam Alexander) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by 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 McGuinness, based on the original Nova Richard Rider. 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]

Sam Alexander first appeared in Marvel Point One #1 (November 2011), created by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Ed McGuinness. The character was named after Loeb's son, who died after a three-year battle with bone cancer at the age of 17.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Sam Alexander is a thirteen-year-old living in Carefree, Arizona, with his father, mother, and little sister. His father is always drunk and 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 a Latina homemaker. When Sam comes home from school to find his father missing, Sam accidentally injures himself and wakes up in a hospital. There, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora reveal Sam's father really was in the Nova Corps.[1] After putting on his father's helmet, Sam travels to the moon, meeting Uatu the Watcher, who reveals an invasion fleet of alien ships belonging to the Chitauri. Upon returning to Earth, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora train him and tell him to scout the fleet.[2]

Sometime later, Sam is on a mission to warn planets in its path that Dark Phoenix is coming for them.[3] He crashes on Earth, but is able to deliver the warning to the Avengers.[4] After recovering, Nova joins the Avengers and the X-Men against Cyclops, who has become the new Dark Phoenix after Jean. Thor asks Sam to join the Avengers, and Sam eventually accepts.[5][6] Afterwards, he encounters the previous Nova's recurring enemy Diamondhead, but easily defeats him.[7]

During the events of "Infinity", Sam learns from his crush, Carrie, that she knows he is Nova. Shocked, he flies into the sky, but accidentally removes his helmet and lands in a coma. He wakes up to Justice and Speedball, who offer him a spot on the New Warriors.[8] He next faces off against Kaldera, an agent of Proxima Midnight and defeats her in combat.[9] Sam becomes cocky and prideful and begins to feel above the New Warriors and disregard his mother's rules. He gets into an argument with Carrie and gets mad at Justice and Speedball. He eventually speaks to Uatu who gives Sam some advice and he returns to Earth to agree to his mother's rules and joins the New Warriors.[10]

During a day of training with Uatu at the Watcher's moon base at the start of the "Original Sin" storyline, Uatu reveals that Sam's father Jesse Alexander is alive. Sam leaves where he is happy with the information he just learned.[11]

Following the Civil War II storyline, Sam leaves the Avengers to join the Champions. The team heads to Lasibad, Sharzad to rescue a group of women and girls being attacked by terrorists.[12]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Sam Alexander wears a helmet that gives him access to the Nova Force, which grants him superhuman strength and durability, flight, energy projection, telekinesis, force fields, universal translation and the ability to breathe underwater and survive in space.

Collected editions[edit]

  • Nova Vol. 1: Origin (collects Nova Vol 5 #1-5, Point One #1 (Nova story), Marvel Now! Point One #1 (Nova story)) September 2013, ISBN 9780785166054
  • Nova Vol. 2: Rookie Season (collects Nova Vol 5 #6-9, #10 (A story)) March 2014, ISBN 9780785168393
  • Nova Vol. 3: Nova Corpse (collects Nova Vol 5 #10 (B story), #11-16) June 2014, ISBN 9780785189572
  • Nova Vol. 4: Original Sin (collects Nova Vol 5 #17-22) January 2015, ISBN 9780785189589
  • Nova Vol. 5: Axis (collects Nova Vol 5 #23-27) April 2015, ISBN 9780785192411
  • Nova Vol. 6: Homecoming (collects Nova Vol 5 #28-31, Annual #1) November 2015, ISBN 9780785193753
  • Nova The Human Rocket Vol. 1: Burn Out (collects Nova Vol 6 #1-6) June 2016, ISBN 9780785196501
  • Nova The Human Rocket Vol. 2: Afterburn (collects Nova Vol 6 #7-11) January 2017, ISBN 9780785196518
  • Nova: Resurrection (collects Nova Vol 7 #1-7) August 2017, ISBN 9781302905293

In other media[edit]


  • Sam Alexander / Nova appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Logan Miller.[13][14] This version has no family and is the last of the Nova Corps after former member Titus killed them to claim another helmet. He was taken in by the Guardians of the Galaxy and trained by Rocket Raccoon before leaving the team for Earth to become a S.H.I.E.L.D. trainee. Throughout seasons one and two, he serves as a rival to fellow trainee Spider-Man. In season three, Sam becomes Nova Prime while fighting Titus and the Chitauri. In season four, he leaves the team to help Nick Fury protect Madame Web before returning in the two-part series finale "Graduation Day" for the eponymous ceremony.
  • Sam Alexander / Nova appears in the anime series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, voiced by Suganuma Hisayoshi in the Japanese version, and by Sam Riegel in the English version.
  • Sam Alexander appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, with Logan Miller reprising his role.[15] This version learned of the Nova Corps from his father, Jesse Alexander before the latter went missing. Introduced in the episode "Back in Black", Sam attempts to evade the Nova Corps after they place a bounty on the Nova Centurion helmet in his possession. Attempting to claim the bounty, Rocket Raccoon and Groot fight Sam until Star-Lord breaks them up. Sam later detects a signal that leads him to the planet Spartax. However, Mantis manipulates him into freeing J'son. In "Knights in Black Helmets", Nova accompanies J'son and Mantis in stealing more Centurion helmets. However, they discover they were rigged with traps after one turns Mantis to stone. During an ensuing fight with the Guardians, J'son manipulates Sam into finding the real helmets. Along the way however, he sees footage of his father fighting Thanos to prevent him from taking Adam Warlock's cocoon, leading to Sam joining the Guardians to defeat J'son, who escapes with the helmets. In "Nova Me, Nova You", Sam flees to Earth after the Nova Corps and J'son find him and the Guardians. After J'son attempts to use his supernova ability, Sam flies him into the atmosphere to explode safely. Following this, the Guardians persuade the Nova Corps to let Sam train on Earth.

Video games[edit]


  • Sam Alexander appears in the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes set, with his appearance based on the Ultimate Spider-Man TV series version.[22]
  • In 2013, Sam Alexander / Nova was available in the Ultimate Spider-Man 6-inch toyline.[23]
  • Sam Alexander / Nova is available for the Disney Infinity 2.0 video game as a figure and playable character.[24]
  • In 2017, Sam Alexander / Nova appeared as part of Hasbro's Marvel Legends toyline.


In the children's book Spider-Man: Attack of the Heroes, Nova is among the heroes replaced by the Chameleon in an attempt to frame him as a supervillain. However, Nova is later freed by Spider-Man.


The first issue of Nova debuted to positive reviews, including a perfect score at[25] Reviewing for Multiversity Comics, Matthew Meylikhov called the series a "rather exciting prospect" and gave the issue a "Buy" rating, but derided its pacing.[26]


  1. ^ Nova vol. 5 #1
  2. ^ Nova vol. 5 #2-3 (March 2013-April 2013), Marvel Comics
  3. ^ Marvel Point One one-shot (November 2011). Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Immonen, Stuart (a), Gracia, Marte (col). Avengers vs. X-Men: Infinite 1 (April 2012), Marvel Comics
  5. ^ Avengers vs. X-Men #12. Marvel Comics
  6. ^ All-New, All-Different Avengers #1
  7. ^ Marvel NOW! Point One #1
  8. ^ Nova vol. 5 #8
  9. ^ Nova vol. 5 #9
  10. ^ Nova vol. 5 #10
  11. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Cheung, Jim; Medina, Paco Medina (p) (Various) (i). Original Sin #0 (June 2014). Marvel Comics
  12. ^ Champions vol. 2 #1-3
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  17. ^ "New Heroes Revealed at NYCC 2012!". Marvel Heroes. 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  18. ^ "Characters | Maps - LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Game Guide & Walkthrough". Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  19. ^ "Characters - LEGO Marvel's Avengers Wiki Guide". Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  20. ^ Ng, Alan (November 28, 2017). "Marvel Future Fight Players Backlash After Netmarble Intros Loot Box". Archived from the original on 2019-08-27.
  21. ^ "Champions Character Pack DLC Review – LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2". Bricks To Life. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  22. ^ [3]
  23. ^ Hasbro USM official images,, 15 July 2012
  24. ^ "Nova (from Marvel's Spider-Man) | Disney Infinity - United States". 4 January 2017. Archived from the original on 4 January 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
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  26. ^ Meylikhov, Matthew, 21 February 2013, "Review: Nova #1," Multiversity Comics, accessed 22 February 2013