An Interview With Marvel Adventures Super Heroes Paul Tobin!|
A Nova Prime Page Exclusive
The all-ages universe of Marvel Adventures has found itself with a new team of Avengers including a teenage rookie named Nova! The writer responsible for creating their adventures is Paul Tobin and he has been very generous and took the time to answer some questions about the series and Nova's place in it. I'd like to thank Paul for his time and answers!
Marvel Adventures Super Heroes editor Nate Cosby has included an exclusive look at the cover to Super Heroes #2!! Thanks to Nate and Arune Singh for the scan!
It's an Avengers title, somewhat. I'm more using the Avengers as a base to tell stories, as a team that I can draw characters from, glide them into the appropriate stories. It's no good sending Thor and Iron Man after Batroc, because it's going to be a short fight. Similarly, the Black Widow would be irritated if I had her fight the Hulk.
Then, in each issue I strive to have a complete story, and a look into the humanity of the characters, and then a series of subplots that will eventually boil to the surface. Editor Nate Cosby and I are really playing with the done-in-one format, letting it work FOR us rather than against us. All told, I think we can use it to create accessible plots and overall storylines.
Have you always been a fan of Nova and what led you to your choice of Nova as a member of the MA Avengers?
Nova has always been a favorite of mine. I ended up with a stack of his original series comics... the classic stuff with him fighting Diamondhead, and Sphinx. I think I was so intrigued by the Sphinx that the book really stuck in my mind.
As far as choosing him for the Avengers, he fulfilled a variety of rules. We could have him be in the rookie stage, and we wanted a rookie... someone who wasn't as confident as some of the others, someone who was finding his own place. And I also wanted someone who was fairly cocky... but with a fragile cockiness... the way I see Spider-Man. Both of them use their brash confidence and jokester personalities to hide that, yeah, sometimes things get a little scary.
MASH #18 saw Nova join the new Avengers team. Can you tell us about this version of Nova, where he is at this point in his career and how he sees himself as a superhero?
I'm envisioning him as quite new to the game. The powers are new to him, but not so new that he doesn't know how to use them. He doesn't quite grasp the full extent of them, though, and the powers are still REALLY fun for him.
As far as where he sees himself as a hero... he's got a youthful confidence that gets him through a lot of the shaky moments, but it can still be pretty overwhelming for a guy to eat breakfast with the god of thunder, the legendary Captain America, a woman whose other job is with the Fantastic Four, and a spy who is pretty much the most beautiful woman he's ever known, and who can hold her own with any of them.
When we first see Nova, he already has his powers and has started being a superhero. Will there eventually be a story which shows his origin?
That would be something I'd really like to do. It's not on the schedule right now, but it's definitely in the back of my mind for when space opens. I've got a subplot I'd like to really leap into right now, and then maybe afterwards.... ?
As the rookie on the team, how do the other members of the Avengers view Nova and vice versa?
That's one of the main topics of discussion between Captain America and Susan Storm... how should they treat Nova? Do they toss him into the deep end and see if he can swim, or do they protect him until he has time to develop. Cap sees it one way, and Sue sees it another, and as they both vie for control of the Avengers, the "Nova" question will become pertinent. Again... this is something that will develop over time.
In an earlier interview with Nate Cosby, he mentioned one of Nova's enemies, Diamondhead, will be appearing in MASH #21. Any teasers about the character and the issue's storyline?
We've actually restructured a bit as to when Diamondhead would be appearing. He's still on the way... but he's a way back, now. As we moved towards the relaunch, we wanted to stress some other aspects of the series first. I will say that Ronan draws a GREAT Diamondhead, so I think you'll like the issue!
Will we be seeing any other classic Nova foes appearing in upcoming issues?
I'd LOVE to find room for the Sphinx. We'll have to see if it works out.
Are there plans to do new versions of classic Avengers events in Marvel Adventures Super Heroes? For example, having the Avengers fighting Michael Korvac in a Marvel Adventures version of 'The Korvac Saga'?
Not really at this point. The Korvac Saga is definitely one of my favorites, but I also like going forward, making new favorites. If I think of a unique "have to tell this!" aspect to Korvac (or other classic stories) then it could happen, though. I've certainly enjoyed a similar exercise on my Spider-Man & the Secret Wars title.
Any future storylines in Marvel Adventures Super Heroes that you can talk about at this point?
Nova will soon be helping out with adventure with a "lost" Marvel character named Gary Gaunt, and I just finished scripting an issue with a certain angry lord of the seas, and the Avengers will soon get drawn into a mess with Kraven the Hunter going after the world's mouthiest mercenary.
Lots of fun stuff on the way, and the subplots are building to an explosion. I'm having a great deal of fun on this series, and the characters are really starting to create their own stories, which is how it should be, for a writer.