Nebula #1 Review

Writer: Vita Ayala
Artist: Claire Roe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 12, 2020

When Marvel announced this book, my first thought was, “why?” Sure, I like Nebula enough, but I am not convinced there are enough Nebula fans out there to justify a solo series. Now, I do like Vita Ayala and Claire Roe enough to give this #1 a shot, but will I be going on to #2? Let’s find out…

We begin with a cold open with Nebula grabbing a little alien girl on a space station. There is a little ultraviolence which I expected coming in, and it quickly leads to the gist of the story… Nebula wants to grab a device that will predict the future.

To get her way, she has put a brain bomb in the inventor’s daughter, and so he installs it away we go! While it doesn’t work quite as Nebula had hoped, she ends up using it to fight a big, bad bounty hunter who arrives to get the scientist but slides over to the idea of taking on Nebula first.

It’s a padded fight that never got exciting enough for me to justify the page count it takes to finish. We get to see her new upgrade, the All-Seer, in action, but it isn’t as cool on the page as it must have sounded in Ayala’s head.

After finally winning the fight, Nebula hotwires a shuttle and gets the hell out of dodge. Things don’t get better, though, and we end the issue with a tweest which, at this point, feels like it makes most of what we got in this #1 moot. I’m hoping that’s not the case, but we will have to wait and see.

I was bored reading this issue and, by the end, realized I didn’t care if Nebula lived or died. She is not the least bit likable here, and I wonder if it’s to set up something later or just the way Ayala wants to play it. I like the art enough, but I expected more from Claire Rowe. I was wondering “why” going in, and I was still wondering it going out, but for different reasons altogether.

Final Thoughts:

I am not the target audience for this book, but I’m struggling to think of who is. It doesn’t matter much as Vita Ayala didn’t give much reason to continue past this opener dominated by an overlong fight scene and a cliched cliffhanger. This is a pass for me.


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