Monday, April 10, 2017
An attack on Sam's home that puts his sister in danger forces Richard Rider to admit a harsh truth to both himself and Earth's other Nova. While the two of them can hold the malevolent creature at bay, Rider must admit he is unintentionally the cause for these attacks. Returning from the Cancerverse the Nova brought something back with him. And as long as Rider stays that door remains opened.
Nova #5 seems to end with Richard Rider making the big heroic sacrifice to save his universe from the evil coming through the the other dimension. However, the final few panels foreshadow this isn't the end of Rider's story, or necessarily his time with Sam.
As for Sam, the weight of his heroic mantle, the danger his family finds itself in because of his new ally, and the fact that another Nova has lied to him, is nearly too much for the young hero to bear. I'll be curious to see what this latest betrayal might mean for Sam's psyche going forward. Worth a look.