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Two opposite figures (younger and older versions of the Sphinx), battling each other in a place where time has no meaning and space has no contiguous sense...

... summoning heroes and villains from across time to serve as their pawns in this battle, pitting one against the other on different battlefields...

... and the winner gets the other's Ka Stone, and all the near-godhood that that entails.

(Okay, that also makes it like every Marvel " giant spaceman proxy fight " story ever, but a Keith David!Sphinx would be kinda neat if it ever happened, so it all evens out.)

Anyhow, the battles concluded last issue- the older's pawns, represented by everyone who ever beat him (Nova, Darkhawk, Mister Fantastic, Black Bolt, and Namorita) triumphed over the younger's (a bunch of guys whose powers come from " the ancient crystals ", ranging from Moonstone to Man-Wolf.)

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... Sphinx!control. I suppose this explains some of the discrepancies folks noticed with the younger's pawns.

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And so we cut to Nova 35, released after a two-week delay.

Sphinx is high on his power now; the heroes and villains (Darkhawk no longer under Sphinx's control, and both sides having suffered temporary losses), realizing this god doesn't have a use for them anymore, strike at him:

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(Ulysses Bloodstone, master of understatement! Also, I love Reed trying to, uh.. stretch at him.)

They try to seek the powerless younger Sphinx's help; all they get out of him is stuff about paradox magic, how brilliant he.. will be?, and that he.. will be.. quite mad...

But then Sphinx eliminates that avenue:

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The heroes and villains have no hope now, it seems.

Until Reed's giant science brain realizes something: basically, real space is anathema to the Sphinx right now.

If he enters real space before he's used his new powers on the universe to accept him, well... he go boom.

So Nova works up a quick plan involving a stargate and Reed making science calculations, and goes to it (realizing that " holy crap, i'm holding off a GOD "):

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And so Sphinx and the magic world go boom; everyone snaps back to their points of origin.

Nova, however, grabs at Namorita-who-will-be-dead, saying " I won't lose you again! "

And he bamfs back to the Nova Corps starship from the Starstalker bit, but someone else came along with him:

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Later, Darkhawk and Nova talk about how the fuck that just happened.

Darkhawk says: " This isn't right. "

Nova says: " I don't care. "

Next ish: Nova, Darkhawk, and 616!Quasar vs. the sentient cancer universe's Quasar!

(and then, after that, it's apparently going on some kind of hiatus...)

Date: 2010-03-19 04:46 pm (UTC)
curlyjo1: Shrinking Violet (Default)
From: [personal profile] curlyjo1
Sweet. Any hero they can rescue from a bad death is a good thing.

Date: 2010-03-19 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Word. I love Rich's understated reaction to the news. This was the awesome Richard Rider of New Warriors!

Date: 2010-03-19 10:08 pm (UTC)
autolychus2: (Default)
From: [personal profile] autolychus2
Normally, I dislike ressurrections (except for the Phoenix, because that actually makes sense) as much as I hate deals with the Devil but -- SWEET!

Date: 2010-03-19 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hyperactivator
Oh Marvel cosmic never change. ^_^

Date: 2010-03-19 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So, possible Namorita rescue? HELL YES. :)

Date: 2010-03-19 05:54 pm (UTC)
amaniwolf: (Galactus)
From: [personal profile] amaniwolf
How i love the Cosmic Marvelverse so much more then the earthbound stuff. Nova, Guardians, Rocket Raccoon and Cosmo, and now....a Namorita who's not smurfy and alive, i just about squee'd with joy!

Date: 2010-03-20 01:59 am (UTC)
ninjapeps: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ninjapeps
I like how Cosmic Marvel tends to have problems that affect more than 616 America. the bad guys here tend to be galaxy-level threats while on Earth, they just care about New York.

Date: 2010-03-19 05:55 pm (UTC)
sir_mikael: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sir_mikael
When Nova was opening a Stargate and the supposed God standing there in his ancient egyptian get up and shooting energy while wearing gauntlet-finger-thingies, my mind really really went to Stargate SG-1. Ah I miss it.

Anyway cosmic Marvel is just so awesome. I plan on buying more the cosmic Marvel collections but it seems Nova and Guardians of The Galaxy are usually separate from the main hardover editions. I hope it won't lessen the main story and I'll start buying the Nova/GoTG colections on their own soon enough.

Date: 2010-03-19 06:02 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
Sphinx's pose in the third scan is very, very Starlinesque.

Date: 2010-03-19 07:23 pm (UTC)
proteus_lives: (Default)
From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
I will always say, "Blue Blazes!"

Date: 2010-03-19 09:09 pm (UTC)
aulayan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aulayan
Ah! I was just coming to post this myself. I *love* Nova, quite possibly Marvel's best book.

Though Hiatus? That doesn't sound fun...Hiatus is rarely fun in ComicsLand...

Date: 2010-03-19 09:28 pm (UTC)
colonel_green: (Default)
From: [personal profile] colonel_green
When you barely sell above 20K, your prospects are always limited.

But then, Marvel has DnA on exclusive contract, so I imagine they'll still be writing something when "Thanos Imperative" concludes.

Date: 2010-03-19 10:09 pm (UTC)
autolychus2: (Default)
From: [personal profile] autolychus2
How the hell is a comic this good barely selling above 20K?

Date: 2010-03-19 10:20 pm (UTC)
amaniwolf: (Ball)
From: [personal profile] amaniwolf
Seriously! This and Guardians are two things i look forward to every month!

Date: 2010-03-20 01:06 am (UTC)
aulayan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aulayan
No Bendis, No Wolverine, No Tie in to "Popular" events. No Deadpool. Joe Quesada has said he doesn't like Cosmic...

Plain and simple. The existing fanbase doesn't care for what we consider good. (Or they spend their money on "Important" books, and thus have none leftover).

Date: 2010-03-20 04:03 pm (UTC)
cmdr_zoom: (zoom)
From: [personal profile] cmdr_zoom
Well said. (And "their loss, our gain".)

Date: 2010-03-20 09:24 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
See also John Rogers' comment on Blue Beetle being cancelled. The Big Two act like they want to diversify their line-up, but they can't keep away from that big crossover crack.

Date: 2010-03-20 02:01 am (UTC)
ninjapeps: (Doom)
From: [personal profile] ninjapeps
how did Red Hulk manage all those sales? the comic buying public is weird.

Date: 2010-03-20 02:27 am (UTC)
colonel_green: (Default)
From: [personal profile] colonel_green
Much like the moviegoing public, the book-reading public, and the TV-watching public.

Date: 2010-03-20 09:21 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
Ask Mayday Parker. Seriously, I'm one of those people whose interest in a particular comic or TV show is like the kiss of death.

Date: 2010-03-20 12:00 am (UTC)
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Seth Bingo and The Silent Girl)
From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
Nipples. :/

Date: 2010-03-20 12:53 am (UTC)
lamashtar: Shun the nonbelievers! Shun-na! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
She IS wearing a bathing suit. And was rescued from the cold of space. U_U

Date: 2010-03-20 12:28 am (UTC)
espanolbot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] espanolbot
Blue Blazes, how do her nipples stick through her chainmail top like that!

Date: 2010-03-20 09:20 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
Those nipples can withstand the crushing pressures of the deep sea. Chain mail? Pfffhht. They can engrave adamantium.

Date: 2010-03-20 12:54 am (UTC)
lamashtar: Shun the nonbelievers! Shun-na! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
I've always kinda hated Nova, which has been turning me away from the excellent writing and setting, but this is awesome.

Date: 2010-03-20 01:00 am (UTC)
lamashtar: Shun the nonbelievers! Shun-na! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
Also, I can't find a definition for 'dissidian.'

Date: 2010-03-20 02:02 am (UTC)
ninjapeps: (Veronica Mars)
From: [personal profile] ninjapeps
I think it's a reference to Final Fantasy: Dissidia.

Date: 2010-03-20 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] the_eleven
They saved Nita from being a footnote to the ill-conceived Civil War! Sweet!

Date: 2010-06-26 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can has New Warriors reunion?

Date: 2010-06-26 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whoops, this post is hella old. I'll just let myself out.


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