Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Andrea Di Vito
Huh, well, what do you know? Worldmind actually was insane. Worldmind had been trying so hard to protect Richard Rider from going insane under the weight of the entire Nova Force that he didn't protect himself enough and, combined with the Phalanx infestation, it turns out he and Ego were both mutually responsible for his/their actions since the reformation of the Nova Corps. Worldmind's breaking down combined with Ego's, well, ego pushed them to the extremes seen over the last few issues.
While I like the explaination behind the whole Ego/Worldmind deal, I wasn't a fan of the execution. It was another one of those mental/inner mind "go to your happy place" issues that I don't particularly care for that saw Richard/Quasar literally using the Quantum Bands to create his childhood room to protect him from mental attacks by Worldmind while he chatted with personality constructs of Ko-Rel and Rhomann Dey, both created by an aspect of the Worldmind that wasn't insane (yes, it made as much sense here as it did in the issue).
I imagine it was all designed as a means to lay the seeds for the big ending, which featured Richard getting the Nova Force back (yay!) while Worldmind was restored, but had to erase his current personality (boo!) in favour of a new one, which turned out to be the personality imprint of Ko-Rel, the first new Nova Corps member that died back during Conquest. I like the fact Ko-Rel is back in some form, but couldn't they, I don't know, keep the old Worldmind trapped with Ego or some other out for an eventual return instead of a clean cut erasure? We'd then have Ko-Rel with Nova and Worldmind with Ego/Nu-Xandar and everyone's happy.
The other surprise for the ending was the return of the much referenced former Nova Prime that went insane holding the entire Nova Force - Garthan Saal. He showed up offering to help the current (or is he now ex?) Nova Prime, the Shi'ar, Tercel, who replaced Richard before being captured by the Shi'ar Imperial Guard in a modified Nova Prime costume, which is darker and more of a purple than blue. I'm looking forward to seeing where this leads, if it's really him and whether he's good or evil. Would offer a nice Sinestro to Richard's Hal Jordan for the Nova mythos if he ends up being a darker shade of gray.
Verdict - Check It. While I liked the ending and the fact Richard is back as Nova, the issue didn't really click for me. Just too much of the inner turmoil mumbo jumbo type of storytelling solutions that I don't particularly care for. Still, it's Nova, so even an average issue is still damn good.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009