|First appearance||Nova #1 (September 1976)|
|Created by||Marv Wolfman (writer)
John Buscema (artist)
|Team affiliations||Nova Corps|
Fictional character biography
Rhomann Dey was the leader of the Nova Corps of Xandar and one of its few survivors. When the Warlord Zorr attacked Xandar he devastated it and killed many Xandarians including Dey's wife, Karman-Kan, and children, Duranna and Kahry. Dey hunted Zorr and battled him.
However, Zorr was too powerful for Dey and mortally wounded him. Dey flew to Earth ahead of Zorr and randomly chose Richard Rider as the new Nova, transferring his power to him. Dey linked minds with Rider and explained to him the new powers he has received as well as the threat of Zorr on his planet.
At first, Rider thought the encounter was a dream, but soon discovered his powers and accepted his role as Nova. While out testing them for the first time he ran into Zorr who was on a rampage in New York City. Nova decided to fulfill Dey's dying wish and defeat Zorr. During the battle, Zorr was teleported away by Dey himself. Dey killed Zorr before he himself died, ready to join his family and friends in the afterlife.[volume & issue needed]
Powers and abilities
Rhomann Dey had the powers of a Nova Corps member.
During Marvel and DC's joint Amalgam imprint, Rhommann Dey was combined with Abin Sur. Rhommann Sur was an alien who crashed landed on Earth, and his green power battery brought billionaire inventor Hal Stark to his ship, but Stark was injured during the travel with metal shrapnel piercing his body. He took Rhommann's power battery and became Iron Lantern.
In other media
Rhomann Dey appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy episode "Origins," voiced by Jeff Bennett. He was present with Titus on Xandar when Drax the Destroyer turned himself over to the Nova Corps in exchange that the aliens that were taken prisoner by Ronan the Accuser were returned to their own planets. In the episode "Space Cowboys," Rhomann Dey and the Nova Corps members confronted the Guardians of the Galaxy when they were tipped off that they were taking the Moombas to the Grandmaster on Conjunction. He then witnessed as the Moombas opened a portal that dragged the Moombas and the Milano to an area close to Conjunction. When Yondu's Ravagers bring the explosive Moombas close to Knowhere on Grandmaster's behalf, Rhomann and the rest of the Nova Corps was contacted by Cosmo the Spacedog to help the Guardians of the Galaxy. Cosmo told Rhomann about Collector being behind the Moomba trafficking causing Rhomann to contact Collector about it. Collector disavowed any knowledge of that and got away. While making sure that the Guardians of the Galaxy transported the Moombas to a safe location, Rhomann and the Nova Corps then pursued the fleeing Ravagers. In the episode "Right Place, Wrong Time," Rhomann Dey was at a Nova Corps outpost when the Guardians of the Galaxy give him a sarcophagus that was previously in the possession of Thanos. In the episode "Nova Me, Nova You," Rhomann Dey and the Nova Corps officers with him confront the Guardians of the Galaxy when the detected the Nova Centurian Helmet that Sam Alexander is wearing being on the Milano. After briefly being entangled by the tractor beams of the Nova Corps ships, Sam escapes with the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy. When Sam and the Guardians of the Galaxy are fighting J'son on Earth, Dey shows up with the Nova Corps where they join the fight. Following Sam flying J'son up into the atmosphere where he goes supernova a second time, the Guardians of the Galaxy confront Dey about not mentioning about Jesse Alexander being a Nova Centurian. After mentioning that they had to train him upon being unable to get the helmet off him, Dey agrees to let Sam be trained on Earth.
Rhomann Dey is played by John C. Reilly in the 2014 Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy. He is an acquaintance of Star-Lord, having once arrested the latter for petty theft prior to the events of the film. Dey is part of the arresting squad that responds to an altercation involving Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot on Xandar. Dey is later contacted by Star-Lord who warns him of an impending attack on Xandar by Ronan the Accuser. Taking this information to Nova Prime Irani Rael, Dey vouches that they can believe Star-Lord's message. During the attack, Dey's wife and daughter are nearly killed by one of Ronan's ships, but are saved by Rocket. After Ronan's defeat, Dey, now a Denarian, sees the newly formed Guardians off with a full pardon as well as Nova Prime's and his own thanks for the Guardians' actions, but with a warning that future criminal activity will not be excused. In the film's final montage, Dey is shown returning home to his family.
- Rhomann Sur at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Iron Lantern #1 (1997)
- Fleming, Jr., Mike (June 14, 2013). "John C. Reilly Firmed For Rhomann Dey, leader of the Nova Corps, In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- Rhomann Dey at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Rhomann Dey at the Comic Book DB
- Rhomann Dey on IMDb
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