Even if Guardians film doesn’t have Stark, it may have a hero masked in gleaming metal — Nova, the cosmic protector who was first introduced during the Carter administration but is now getting a fresh revision with Nova No. 1, on sale Feb. 20 (on shelves and Marvel app) from Jeph Loeb with art by Ed McGuinness. Loeb, the one-time Heroes executive producer and Smallville writer, took over as Marvel’s head of television in 2010 (giving him some recent animated history with the rocket-speed hero).
EW caught up with both Loeb and Bendis — two key voices in the Marvel inner circle — for the Q&A below and a conversation about the cosmic past and cosmic future that’s written in the stars. We’ve also got exclusive look at the artwork for these additions to the long history of Marvel in deep space.The first few pages (some of which have not reached the coloring stage) show Star-Lord, the leader of the Guardians, in a showdown of words and a crash landing on Earth; below that you’ll find a sampling of Nova’s first issue which shows the juxtaposition of his student life with his widening view of the cosmos and its strange alien sights.
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