Real Name Richard Rider
Portrayed by
Gender Male
Place of Birth Long Island
Date of Birth
Age 21
Aliases Nova Centurion Prime, The Human Rocket, Kid Nova
Origin Altered Human (Nova Force)
Current Location New Warriors Crashpad
Occupation Hero, Spacecop, flipping burgers
Team New Warriors
Alignment Hero
Known Relatives Robbie Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan
Significant Other he wishes
Known Abilities Lightweight Flying Brick

Character Details

Richard Rider was an under-achieving high school student from Long Island who was randomly chosen to replace a dying member of the intergalactic Nova Corps. Granted a portion of the Nova Force energy which in turn gave him super powers, Richard became the costumed hero Nova.

For months Nova used his powers to fight crime and injustice in NYC, eagerly befriending other heroes when faced with common foes. He met and briefly hero-fought Thor, fought crime alongside Spider-Man, was drafted for a mission for SHIELD by Nick Fury, and then finally with the Fantastic Four foiled the Sphinx on Xandar, home of the Nova Corps itself.

Learning that Xandar was at war, Nova decided to stay in space and fought for a year in the Skrull-Xandar conflict. By the end of the war Nova was homesick, and returned to Earth even though he was required to give up his share of Nova Force.

Unbeknownst to Richie, the Queen of Xandar arranged for him to regain his Nova Force energy before the destruction of Xandar at the hands of Nebula.

Unbeknownst to everyone, the portion of the Nova Force possessed by Richie is capable of one day rebooting the Xandarian Worldmind and restoring Xandar and the Nova Corps.

Back on Earth and seemingly powerless, Rider struggled with mininimum wage jobs and a lack of purpose. He worked out obsessively but couldn't come close to regaining the strength he had as Nova.

When recruiting for the team that would become the New Warriors, Night Thrasher threw Richie off a roof, believing stress and adrenaline would reactivate his powers. Fortunately for all he was correct.

As Nova once again, Richard fashioned a new costume for himself and became a founding member of the New Warriors. He's had several adventures with the team including fights with Terrax, Juggernaut, the Hellions and assorted minor villains. Night Thrasher has recently presented Rider with a new high-tech costume that simulates the appearance and capabilities his original Nova Corps uniform.


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Date Title Characters Summary
01/03/13 17:30 Undercover in Madripoor Nova, Cloak, Night Thrasher Nova goes undercover but accidentally gets a job
01/25/13 15:55 Madness in Madripoor Cloak & Nova and Bloodscream & Roughhouse Cloak and Nova engage Bloodscream & Roughhouse in battle. Roughouse is defeated and captured. Bloodscream gets away.
02/20/2013 Recruitment by Abduction Cloak, Nova and Krista Cloak uses his own scary methods of recruiting Krista into the New Warriors
06/06/12 17:04 A Typical Wednesday with Dwayne Taylor Armand, Empath, Night Thrasher, and Conquistador & Nova Empath hired Conquistador to take on Dwayne Taylor, which he does. But during a chat with Armand, Empath changes tactics. Conquistador is defeated
08/06/12 12:00 Heavy Metal Horde Finale 2: Paris, France Sandman, Radiance, Blindfold, Phantasm, Sir Newton, NPCS: Doctor Strange, Wong, Ariel, Nova, Blue Diamond, Sabra, Arabian Knight, Beetle, Docteur Q, Dagard Ace, Ultron Another team of heroes is gathered and sent half-way around the world, to help face Dagard Ace and contain or subdue the giant robot threatening Paris, France, while the battle rages to stop Ultron's bid to take over the world.
12/03/12 17:38 Santa Claus Is Dead Cloak, Elektra, and Nova Cloak takes down a drug dealer and has to get some questions from Elektra and Nova
12/13/12 15:00 The New Planners Night Thrasher, Nova Nova and Night Thrasher make plans
12/13/2012 17:00 Talk of Madripoor Night Thrasher, Nova While Dwayne is working in the Crash Pad's garage, Nova arrives. A discussion ensues.
12/30/2012 18:00 Shadowing in Madripoor Nova, Night Thrasher, Dagger Having recently arrived in Madripoor, Members of the New Warriors and Dagger begin snooping about in the Docks of Madripoor.


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