ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: For you guys, why these character and why now?
JEPH LOEB: We knew these were characters that Marvel was looking to really beef up. The fact that Nova is on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series on Disney XD and then the fact that we’re making a Guardians of the Galaxy movie — sorry Brian if that was a spoiler — and these were characters that we always loved. Comics are like movies or television — you pitch to get it. I pitched this story about Sam Alexander and Nova and recapturing that wonder and plugging into what’s been going on in the Marvel Universe. It was not something we really had in our library at the moment. I was talking to our editor-in-chief and he said it really feels like Peter Parker meets Luke Skywalker. And with that and the incredible art by Ed McGuinness, I’m a very happy guy.
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