Amazing Spider-Girl #7 - This was probably my least favorite issue of the restart so far. I think DeFalco is really dragging out this whole thing with Pete and MJ being disappointed in May taking up web-slinging again. I'm ready for that to be resolved so that May can start being criticized for how she handles the hero thing, rather than because she's risking her life to do the hero thing, know what I mean?
In other news, the Ladyhawks make their first appearance since the restart. For those who don't know, the Ladyhawks were two sisters with costumes themed on the Falcon's old green outfit (something I'd never noticed until a character mentioned it this issue) that fight crime. They got trashed (along with all Spider-Girl's other crime-fighting friends) by the Hobgoblin near the close of the last series (which is helpfully referenced by an editor's note! Holy cow, this really is a throwback book). Here we find out that one of them (Regina) fared a little worse than the other, and her sister (Rosetta) wants revenge on Hobgoblin. Regina calls in May to keep an eye on her sister, which means May's back out in the webs risking her neck again.
In the meantime, the Hobgoblin is still trying to consolidate his power base by bringing in other crime lords with him, but that's not really working too well. Oh, and Gene Thompson is still an overprotective jerk, though May seems mildly amused by him. Not a bad issue, but still weak, 2.7 out of 5.
Nova #1 - I think this book is gonna need all the sales it can get, so you better believe I'm on board. Besides, I'd just have to start buying it in a few months when it ties into Annihilation: Conquest (man, I still think that's a bad idea, tying this ongoing into that so soon). Provided, that Annihilation: Conquest is good, of course. This issue gives a look into what Nova has been doing since he finished the recovery he was taking at the end of Annihilation #6 - tearing ass around the universe responding to emergency calls. I want to give a quick shout to Sean Chen for his work, though I think the base of Nova's bucket/helmet seems too fluted at times. But I really like the visible stubble on Richard's face, indicating how hard he's been working.
The ongoing theme of the issue is that Rich is really having to work to clean things up, being the only Nova left and all. There's always another emergency, and Nova is determined to answer all of them, which has the Worldmind a bit concerned. It says it's worried because if Rich bites it, the Worldmind goes with him, but I wonder if it hasn't been in Nova's head long enough to grow attached to him. Tone-wise, the Worldmind reminds me of one of those smart-arsed butlers from any number of TV shows (like Alfred in Batman: The Animated Series). By the end of the issue, Rich has pushed things a bit too far, which brings us to the chance for Nova to kick Tony Stark's butt next month.
I liked it. Considerable action, Abnett and Lanning did a fine job laying out the situation for people new to the game, about how Nova is so powerful, and why he's having to scramble around the universe so much, and the issues related to his having the power that let's him do that. So I'll say an even 4.0 out of 5.
That's all you get today.