Nova Prime

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Nova Prime is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Nova Prime
Transformers character
Novaprime-g1.jpg
Nova Prime from IDW Publishing
First appearance

Spotlight: Optimus Prime, August 2007
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Aliases Nova Major
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Semi-truck

Comics

IDW Publishing

Previously known as Nova Major, Nova was responsible for bringing an end to a war fought between the tribes of Transformers led by the Thirteen Original Primes. Aided by his lieutenant Galvatron-here a separate character from the Decepticon Megatron-and guided by Alpha Trion, one of the Primes, Nova successfully united the tribes on Cybertron and became the new Prime when the surviving members of the Thirteen departed the planet. However, as time went by Nova became convinced of the superiority of the Cybertronian race, and determined to spread their influence to other areas of the universe. He was aided in this by Galvatron and his chief scientist Jhiaxus, whose twisted experiments resulted in such horrors as the Combiner Monstructor. Eventually Nova and his hand-picked crew boarded the original Ark and departed Cybertron, only to be drawn into the Dead Universe and be presumed destroyed. He would subsequently be discovered to be alive, though corrupted and now known as Nemesis Prime, sending Galvatron back into the main universe to prepare for his return. He and his associates soon met to discuss the imminent fulfillment of their plans.[1] He dispatched an assassin, Nightbeat, to eliminate Optimus Prime; Nightbeat's failure prompted Nova to set out to rid himself of his successor Prime by his own hands.

Using the power of the Darkness, a powerful force he had obtained power over in the Dead Universe, Nova attempted to eliminate Optimus, only to find that the Darkness sought to claim Optimus as its new host. He was then betrayed by Galvatron, who sought the Darkness for himself, and perished, with Optimus noting sadly that there was little to mourn as all that was good in Nova Prime had long ago perished. However, Nova would later return through the power of D-Void, the monstrous ruler of the Dead Universe, whose plans to escape into the main universe are thwarted by Optimus. Nova's scheming wouldn't end there, as Shockwave enacted a plan that would allow the Transformers in the Dead Universe to escape using the Space Bridge built into Megatron. However, Optimus-having reverted to his former identity of Orion Pax due to the Matrix being drained-led a mission into the Dead Universe and challenged Nova, killing him once again and reclaiming the name and title of Optimus Prime.

Marvel Comics

In the Transformers universe, Prime Nova is regarded as the third holder of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. (Second in the Marvel Comics Continuity.)

Not much is known about Prime Nova, only that he was given the Matrix from Prima. Prime Nova then handed it down to Sentinel Prime.

Games

Nova Prime features prominently in the story for Transformers: Devastation, where it is revealed that he created a ship known as the Proudstar to reshape uninhabited planets in form similar to Cybertron. Sadly, Nova Prime fell victim to the taint of Unicron, and he and his crew began transforming planets where life already existed as well. The Proudstar subsequently crashed, and later fell into the hands of Megatron and his Decepticons, who attempted to use it to cyberform Earth. However, their plans were thwarted by the Autobots; unbeknownst to all, however, Nova Prime still lived in stasis aboard the Proudstar and awoke following the Autobot victory.

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers: Timelines Deluxe Nova Prime (2015)
A Transformers Collectors Club exclusive. Turns from robot to truck.


Shattered Glass

Nova Prime
Transformers character
Novaprime-box.jpg
Timelines Nova Prime box
First appearance

Transformers: Timelines Volume 2 Number 3, "Shattered Glass"
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Aliases Optimus Prime (former)
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Family
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Semi-truck
Function

Autobot High Commander
Motto

"'Till all are redeemed."
Series

Transformers: Timelines
Sub-group

Deluxe vehicles, Knights of Unicron, Primes
Tech specs

ST10+ IN10 SP10 EN10

RN10 CO10 FB10 SK10

Introduced as a character at BotCon 2008 as Optimus Prime, an evil version of the heroic Optimus Prime from a parallel dimension. He was later reformatted by a good fragment of Unicron and became the heroic Nova Prime.

Fictional biography

Nova Prime walks a fine line between being the leader his heritage demands and battling inner demons that threaten to tear his synaptic conscious to a psychotic breaking point. While his "accolades" will be remembered in the Halls of Iacon for eons, he is looking for redemption for what he sees as a "lapse in vision" for his fellow Cybertronians. Combining his Quantum Fusion Cannon and his "G-Metal" Battle Axe, Nova Prime is a formidable warrior on the battlefield and a master tactician in the war room. Nova Prime has been given a second chance and seeks to usher in a new Golden Age of Cybertron. Will a lasting peace on Cybertron finally come to fruition or will the whispers of the past come back to haunt Nova Prime, taking away any chance of redemption and plunging Cybertron once again into... Chaos?

Comics

Nova Prime first appeared in Another Light. Optimus Prime became Nova Prime when a good fragment of Unicron approached the defeated Optimus Prime and several of his dying Autobots with an offer of enlightenment. They were transported to Cybertron where they defeated Rodimus Prime and his Autobot forces. The Knights of Unicron were arresting the Shattered Glass Autobots when Unicron warned Nova Prime to be ready. Rodimus Prime returned, now allied with Primus, who transformed. Nova Prime ordered the Knights to attack Primus in the eyes before escaping into space. The Knights of Unicron were appointed as guardians of New Cybertron.[2]

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers: Timelines Deluxe Nova Prime (2015)
A Transformers Collectors Club exclusive. Turns from robot to truck.

References

  1. Simon Furman's Blog
  2. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Eryck Webb (p), Eryck Webb (i), Evan Gauntt (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "Another Light Part 6 - The Future Buried" The Transformers Collectors Club 66 (December/January 2016), Fun Publications