A hero published by Marvel Comics
first appeared in Nova #1
Richard Rider was a high school student attending Harry S. Truman
High School and working at Uncle Fudge's Ice Cream Parlor when
his life took an unexpected but very "Hal Jordan" turn. A dying
alien hero with amazing powers named Rhomann Dey decided to transfer his power to young
Rider in hopes that he would stop his foe. This is nearly exactly
like how Hal Jordan acquired his ring from the dying Abin Sur and became
the Green Lantern.
There were a few differences. First, the powers came in the form of
flight, invulnerability, and immense strength not costume jewelry.
Second, the transfer of power put Rider in a coma for a brief period.
Third, Rider wasn't really picked per se, but instead Dey had his
ship pick a human at random. The fact that the power was not bestowed
upon Ruth Buzzie, Ted Kennedy, Maya Angelou, Barry Manilow, or John
Rocker should be the source of much thanks to God by the general populace.
Rhomann Dey was a centurion in the Nova Corps, a group of super powered
beings from the planet Xandar. Their planet had been ravaged by an
alien named Zorr and Dey had followed him. The ensuing battle had
mortally wounded Dey and he transfered his power to Rider. Dressed in
Dey's Nova Corps uniform, Rider battled Zorr until Dey transported
Zorr to Dey's space craft and then initiated self-destruct.
Rider became a superhero calling himself Nova. He battled evil in
its many formes over the months to come. He eventually traveled to
Xandar in the company of a number of other heroes and the villain
Sphinx, who wished to gain knowledge from the vast computers on
Xandar. They arrived at Xandar to find it under attack from the
Skrulls. With the help of the Fantastic Four, Nova and his companions
were able to repel the Skrulls and defeat the Sphinx.
Nova planned to return to Earth, but was told that he would have to
renounce his powers and have the removed for they were needed for the
rebuilding of Xandar. Rider agreed and returned to Earth and his family.
Rider found that his life without his powers was dull and he fell into
Rider was approached by the hero Night Thrasher, who had hypothesized
that Rider still possessed his Nova powers, but that they lay dormant
inside him. To jump start their reactivation, Night Thrasher pushed
Rider off a building, which did exactly as Thrasher had expected. Rider
returned to heroing, taking the name Kid Nova for a bit, but later
returning to the original Nova. He joined Night Thrasher's newly
organized team, the New Warriors.
Rider again returned to Xandar which had been ravaged by the
villainess Nebula. He was taken there by a rogue member of the
Nova Corps who believed that Rider possessed a power that would
restore the planet. Rider was stripped of his powers again and
Xandar was returned to its former state. He was later given his powers
back with additional powers including something called a gravometric
pulse that causes immense damage.
Nova and his fellow New Warrior Namorita were romantically involved for
a time, but have recently broken off their relationship.