At New York Comic Con the other week or well.. month now, the Cosmic side of Marvel was revealed. And while I'm sure I could complain about Bendis taking over Guardians of the Galaxy and turning it into Avengers in Space with the use of Iron Man, I have bigger fish to fry. Namely this sucker by Jeph Loeb.
Why yes, Loeb writing Nova is going to be absolutely awful in every way possible. I know you were asking that. And even though it's a pretty cover, there's plenty of reasons why it's just going to be so bad. For one, the previews we've seen so far have the character accidentally blowing up a bunch of people and then saying "Epic fail." That alone would be reason enough to not give this book any chance and write it off as going to be as terrible as you would expect it to be.
The real reason why you shouldn't bother with it is that the main character... I mean, let me just go over what the conversation must have looked like behind the scenes..
"HEY, GUYS! I GOT A GREAT IDEA FOR THE NEW NOVA!"
"Hello, Jeph. You're looking very nice today. Are the nice doctors taking good care of you?"
"GUYS, I THINK THE NEW NOVA SHOULD BE A LITTLE KID."
"That's very good, Jeph. I like that idea. I'm writing it down right now."
"I'VE GOT A GREAT NAME FOR HIM, TOO."
"You don't say, Jeph? Is it three letters long, starts with an S?"
"NO, HIS NAME WILL BE STEV--SEA--SHA--... SAM, AND HE WILL GO ON SPACE ADVENTURES AND BE THE BESTEST HERO EVER."
"Thank you, Jeph. Well, it was really nice to speak with you today. Have lots of fun back at the home."
"TODAY IS PUDDING DAY."
"That's wonderful, Jeph."
"I'M GOING TO NAME MY PUDDING CUP SAM."
Yes, Loeb is making his dead son the new Nova. You can look it up if you want, the new Nova was created by Loeb and he named him Sam... Which is the name of his dead son who died of cancer. Now you're probably wondering what the big deal is - this isn't the first time he's done it. In fact, he's created Sam's all over the place for some time now in honor of his son. It's gotten to the point that you should just stop making everything about your loss or stop working. Take some time to collect yourself and not jam Sam's name into the comic world for no real reason.
You don't have to make him hip and cool in the comics and be the bestest superhero ever and the Avengers don't have to say shit like "Sam, we wish we were more like you!" Just stop! STOP! STTTOOOOOP!
If there was anything ever likely to make me consider breaking into comics, it'd be the opportunity to kill off all Jeph Loeb's Sam inserts. We've all lost people dear to us, but you don't let it dominate your life like this to the point where you're just a sad, broken shell of a man ramming it down everyone else's throats every fucking chance you get.
Truth be told, the only way this would make any sense is if it ends up in a situation similar to this - Recall in Avengers vs. X-men #12 when they say Sam isn't suppose to be here? What if he was from the Cancerverse and picked up Rich's helmet. He lived there when he died of cancer in the 616...
Oh, what's the Cancerverse? It's a different universe in the Marvel world where death was defeated. Originally by the first Captain Mar-vell, who also died of cancer. So no one dies there since death is no longer around. I mean, that's really the only thing that makes sense. But if it's true, then someone should really sit down with Loeb and talk to him, because that is a whole can of worms being opened up.
Loeb's fixation on his son just is really unhealthy. At one point he was a good writer. I wish the guy could get counseling for it or something to help him move on with his life instead of obsessing over the tragedy. Seeing a man unable to overcome grief try to give his dead son the life that was taken away from him through superhero comic books feels all sorts of uncomfortable, sad and very voyeuristic. I really don't want to pick up these books because it's really just going to encourage the dude some more.