Speaking of the original run of Nova (as I was yesterday), I flipped through my reading copies last night. As I recalled, Richard Rider lost his powers at the end of that series, and I know he’s long since regained them but I’ve kinda turned a blind eye to him since then. When he showed up in the New Warriors in a red costume I kind of ignored it or pretended it was a different character or something. Last night I read the text pages of that Origin of Richard Rider one-shot and caught myself up to the beginning of Annihilation. Now I’m ready to move forward.
For those of you waiting with bated breath: I bought the Annihilation: Book 1 tpb this afternoon.
Just to be nitpicky, he didn't lose his powers in his own book; he lost them when Bill Mantlo cleaned up the Xandar/Skrull War in the pages of ROM several years later.
Wow, Jeff. You might want to go the whole hog and read the Nova Essential, then all the appearances of the Shi-Ar in Claremont's comics, and then .... and then....