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Annihilation: Nova #4 Review

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It’s interesting when things happen just as you feared they would. You almost resign yourself to the fact so far in advance then when it ACTUALLY happens, it really isn’t that big of a deal, because you dealt with it so long ago. When I heard it mentioned that Quasar was going to be a part of this crossover, it was not a question of WOULD Quasar die, it was only WHEN Quasar was going to die. The answer was “in Nova #4.” Luckily, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning gave him a suitably heroic farewell (and really, have written him so well during this mini-series) as well as a really good “clearly could be brought back in two seconds if anyone wanted to” death scene.

Anyhow, this was a fine conclusion to this Nova mini-series, especially the artwork by Kev Walker, who has grown as a penciller with every issue, until this final issue, where, with the help of inker Rick Magyar and colorist Brian Reber, where he truly excelled, especially the action scenes with Quasar and Nova.

The basic set-up of the issue is just CLASSIC Western. This is right out of the Magnificent Seven or The Professionals or the Wild Bunch, where a “gunfighter” decides to lay his neck on the line in a valiant effort against an imposing army for the impossible task of saving the townspeople (in this case, the millions of refugees about to be destroyed by the Annhilation Wave). Just like the western, when all seems lost, ANOTHER gunfighter decides to join in on the impossible task (think the slow walk in Wild Bunch, still my favorite slow walk of ALL time).

In this issue, Nova and Quasar were excellent gunfighters.

I have to give Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning a lot of credit for how well they handled the dramatic feel of the issue, while never sacrificing the out-of-control action scenes.

And there’s still Drax and his friend Cammi, who shows an actual fragile side in this issue. It was awesome.

Meanwhile, there’s a turning point in Nova’s life, where he decides to embrace his new status quo. Good stuff.

All in all, I would recommend this comic without reservation. It made Quasar cool for the first time in more than a decade…only to kill him, but still!

10 Comments

moose n squirrel

July 19, 2006 at 6:13 am

Yeah, this one was a given. For once I’d like to see them reintroduce a long-absent C-lister and use him as something other than cannon fodder.

It’s also completely obvious to everybody that they’re going to kill off Galactus, right? What I find absolutely silly about this is that (1) they’ve killed off Galactus at least twice in the last ten years, and look how well that’s worked, and (2) they’re doing it through the supremely lame mechanism of introducing new random bad guys I can’t imagine anybody cares about.

On the whole I liked the Nova series quite a bit, while most of the other Annihilation books I dropped fairly quickly. But I’m really not getting into Annihilation as a whole. So the threat is a big bunch of bug ships from the Negative Zone? I’m still not really feeling it. I remember the old Starlin-style cosmic stories, and even the weaker ones felt more grand and menacing than this.

Sigh………….

I guess I didn’t type “Please don’t kill Quasar” on the CBR Forums enough.

Well, the comic certainly didn’t suck. I thank the heavens, for that at least. :)

Yeah I had people keep telling me they liked how Quasar was portrayed, but they it was too bad he was going to die, and I just kept saying “we’ll see”. Well, my hopes were dashed.

But still I enjoyed this mini, along with the Super Skrull one, which hit my buttons even better. In general, I’ve really liked Annihilation. Maybe because the characters aren’t major ones, so the writers have more leeway to do as they please. It feels kind of large, if only because we haven’t seen any crossing over of characters from one mini-series to the next. It gives that sense of “This is happening over a large area” kind of feel. To me anyway.

moose n squirrel, I’ve kind of interpreted that the major threat is now the two enmies Galactus has to deal with, inadverdently set free by Annihilus. Annihilus is apparently still going to be a problem for Nova, but it looks like the Surfer will be dealing with the real “end the universe” threat. Kind of like how the Society was still a problem in Infinite Crisis, but the real concern was Alex Luthor and Superboy-Prime.

I sort of guess Quasar would be cannon fodder when the minis were announced.

Anyway, it’s funny that DC proved that they could turn Green Lantern in a major franchise and then Marvel goes and kill off Quasar.

You’ll be missed Q-Ball.

Here’s hoping Quasar comes back in the actual mini-series and whoops some major ass.

Eh, you guys worry too much. That’s not even a B+ death by Quasar’s standards. He died worse than that in his own book! There was the Ultimate Nullifier, the time he got horsewhipped by Oblivion and bled slowly to death (after Maelstrom cut his hands off), the time he got erased from history…

Really, really an unlucky guy, actually. But compared to all that, just getting sucked into Annihilus’s Cosmic Rod is a walk in the park.

I agree, the series was done really well. I look forward to the actual Annhilation series very much after these minis, and this was, I think, the best of the four.

In regards to Killing Galactus, moose n squirrel, I disagree. They just went to all the trouble of reuniting Silver Surfer with him… I ‘m thinking he’ll stick around. I could be wrong, but I figure if you’re going to set surfer up for a return to his old status quo and such inner conflict, you want to play with it a while before you trash it.

This was a great series. I didn’t know much aboutQuasar (in fact, I thought he was one of the first casualties in House of M but maybe that was another outter space guy) so his death meant nothing more than an excellently written part of a well-told story. Same with the Super-Skrull ending. Great stories; great writing.

YOU KILLED QUASAR!!! YOU BASTARD!!!

nooo!!!that sux,i got Quasar’s last issue too,but i love the annihilation storyline,i got book two cant wait for the third one

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