Jeph Loeb Leaving Nova With Issue #5

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novaMarvel held one of their Next Big Thing conferences yesterday where they talked all things Nova. The biggest piece of news was an unexpected announcement that Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness would be leaving the book after Nova #5. The men that relaunched the series and introduced the Marvel Universe to Sam Alexander will be handing over the book to writer Zeb Wells and artist Paco Medina. You can check out Medina‘s designs for Nova to the side.

Loeb will be stepping away from the book due in large part to his duties as Marvel‘s head of television and animation. The event was used to talk up how easy the transition was and how it wouldn’t effect the book negatively, like most every other creative team change. Loeb said he’s gone for now but he could return sometime….maybe:

So many times when a book is handed off to another team, the creative sensibility of the book changes. I’ve been part of those shifts, but this is not one of those cases. This is by no means saying that Ed and I are going away forever and ever. The best part about Nova is that there are literally hundreds of stories to be told.

Wells explained that he and Medina are currently set for a five-issue arc as well and are talking about whether or not they’ll stay long term. If they can’t stay on, expect even more changes soon. The rest of the conference call was used to talk about how the first arc of Nova will be used to get us up to the point Nova crashed to Earth at the beginning of AvX. Wells and Medina‘s arc will then focus on introducing Sam Alexander to the rest of the Marvel Universe. It was repeated many times that the new Nova had been asked to join The Avengers. You can expect Nova to pop up in Johnathan Hickman‘s Avengers as well as every other book that will help set up Marvel‘s upcoming cosmic event. You can read the complete blow-by-blow of the conference and how “easy” the transition is by clicking over to CBR, who had the full rundown. What do you think about Loeb stepping down? He’s know to be hit and miss with his work, but Nova was more of a hit.

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