Nerdage wraps up our interview with Nova Prime’s Doug Smith. We’d like to thank Doug for his indulgence being part of our Nova Week celebration, and we encourage Nova fans to continue to visit the Nova Prime page!
Matt Price: What do you think of the “Annihilation” saga?
Doug Smith: It’s incredible! And the best part is that this new phase of Nova didn’t come out of left field or ham-fisted into one issue. It was developed over time beginning with the Annihilation: Prologue, widely expanded in the four issue Annihilation: Nova mini-series and brought to fruitation in Annihilation. And it was all driven by the events happening to the character. Personally, I love Nova’s new adventures taking place in space. The science fiction element of Nova’s origins had been neglected for a long time which was a shame. It’s a major part of what makes Nova different from the majority of Marvel’s super-heroes and it’s great to see it being used. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are bringing in weird and wonderful concepts to their new series but never at the expense of Rich Rider’s character.
Matt Price: What kind of feedback have you gotten on the site? Doug Smith: Really great! The site started as a personal project but it’s allowed me to meet, and be friends with, a number of fellow Nova fans from around the world. Nova fans have contributed wonderful projects to the FanWorks section and they make me aware of Nova appearances that I might have missed. Which is fantastic for me since I get the thrill of hunting down back issues!The biggest surprise that came from creating the site was from Nova artist Brian Denham. Brian liked the site so much that he wanted to reward me for the work I’d done. He asked me to send him a photo of myself and he used it to draw me as one of the Novas who fought Rich Rider’s Phalanx virus in Nova #7!!
Matt Price: Is there anything else you’d like to add? Doug Smith: Just that I hope everyone who isn’t picking up Nova will give it a try. It’s a great book that’s smartly written that has had the benefit of a top-notch set of artists working on it. The first seven issues are now available as a trade paperback so anyone can get caught up quickly. And if a new reader wants an overview of Nova’s past 30 years, they can download the Rocket Boosters fanzine from the Nova Prime Page (in the FanWorks section) for free!