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LARSEN SHEDS LIGHT ON 'NOVA'

The next Peter Parker.

That's what Erik "Savage Dragon" Larsen is shooting for in his new ongoing "Nova" series from Marvel, first reported here at Comic Wire last week.

"My initial thoughts were that Spider-Man has grown up," Larsen told Newsarama this week. "He's married and in some ways he's beyond what made him accessible to begin with. He's got a beautiful wife, a good job and things are going okay. Marvel needs a new teen hero to pick up the slack and give young readers a hero to identify with. I think that could be our boy, Nova."

As Larsen sees it, Richard Rider, who's previously starred in two "Nova" series in the past, as well as being an important member of the "New Warriors," is even more approachable than Parker was, back before he married a supermodel, became best buddies with most of the Marvel Universe (except for the obligatory mobs in the recent "Spider-Hunt" storyline) and generally lives the life of Riley.

Larsen's new series will feature Rider and his roommates, all of whom split their time between community college and finding ways to use the Nova abilities in entertaining ways.

"This is just the kind of book I'd love to do. Naturally there will be tons of cool bad guys both old and new but the drive of the book is these 3 idiots trying to share an apartment and a secret."

Larsen reiterated that no artistic team has been chosen, although Glenn Greenberg will edit it.

In other Larsen news, the long-awaited official "Savage Dragon" Web site is now online at savagedragon.com.

NEW LSH PAPERBACK TO COLLECT SERIES FROM THEBEGINNING … SORT OF

Loyal Legion of Super-Heroes fans have meant that DC Comics has produced more Archive editions of the future team's early adventures for any of its other characters, even superstars like Batman or Superman. But fans who want to read the massive team's adventures from the beginning don't need to shell out the $400-plus it'd take to pick up all the collections.

During Tuesday's LSH Chat at America Online, colorist Tom McCraw and penciller Jeff Moy announced that a paperback this winter will reprint the team's adventures from the beginning. Their second beginning, that is. Just as Superman restarted from square one after DC's "Crisis on Infinite Earths," the Legion was "rebooted" following DC's "Zero Hour" event.

The new paperback, expected in November, will reproduce approximately a year of LSH stories from the two Legion books, through the "White Triangle" climax. And unlike recent omnibus editions from Marvel and Wildstorm, the paperback is expected to be printed in color.

In other news from the chat session, it was announced that Kevin West will be pencilling the LSH story in the forthcoming "Adventure Comics" 80 Page Giant. West is best known for handling the art chores on Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, a book about space-faring superheroes in the far future widely regarded as being inspired by the Legion.

MARVEL/CHAOS 'SUPERNATURALS' PREVIEW ONLINE

The third of Marvel Comics' collaborations with smaller comic book companies is this fall's "Supernaturals" series, featuring Marvel characters including the Black Cat, Brother Voodoo and Doctor Strange, done by the company behind Lady Death and Evil Ernie, Chaos Comics.

Fans who don't want to wait that long to see what the horror-toned alternate Marvel Universe will be like can check out the exclusive preview pages at the 4-Color Review Web site (http://4colorreview.simplenet.com/supernatural/supernaturals.html).

Marvel's first collaboration with a smaller company was Marvel/Wildstorm's "Heroes Reborn" year-long event, which took a fresh look at Captain America, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. And later this year, Event Comics takes on Daredevil, the Black Panther, the Inhumans, the Punisher and - as reported here Monday - the Black Widow in the "Marvel Knights" series of books.

Also at the 4-Color Review site is lush artwork by Paul Lee for Marvel's upcoming "Strange Tales" series.

MOORE EQUALS LESS FOR 'MARSHAL LAW' FANS

Although still a fan favorite, Kevin O'Niell's and Pat Mills' "Marshal Law" series has come in fits and starts from the beginning, when the series started in the 1980s at Marvel's Epic Comics imprint, when a full year went by between the fifth and sixth issues, with only eight more issues appearing before 1997. (The two also collaborated on a pair of "Dark Mite" stories for DC Comics in that time.)

So when fans of the dark superhero satire were bombarded, relatively speaking, with four issues in 1997 and 1998, some might have thought the series was finally going to be coming out on a more regular schedule.

But then along came Alan Moore.

Moore's forthcoming "League of Distinguished Gentlemen" from Homage Comics, starring the fictional heroes of the 19th century, will be pencilled by the idiosyncratic O'Niell. And that ties up half the "Marshal Law" team until 1999, according to Mills.

But Mills isn't sitting on his hands in the meantime: Look for an announcement about a project at one of the majors soon.

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