Nova Phase - Come join the 8-bit Sci-Fi Adventure! ~ What'cha Reading?

Nova Phase – Come join the 8-bit Sci-Fi Adventure!


There’s nothing I love more than to support artists and writers publishing their own creations. So I was happy to have the opportunity to read and review Nova Phase. Some info about it from its creator Matthew Ritter:

Nova Phase: A treasure hunt in space with old school video game graphics!
We have all had dreams. Dreams that we would have given anything to achieve and yet have eluded our grasp. It is about reaching for the stars and missing, it is about what one does with the failures that seem to make up most of life.


Veronica Darkwater is a down on her luck bounty hunter who finds herself plunged into an intergalactic treasure hunt for a legendary world of untold wealth. But she must compete with a crazy military commander who will stop at nothing to cement his name in history. Will she stay alive long enough to see if the legends of the mythical world of Una Tesara are true? A riveting adventure with retro 80’s/90’s arcade style art.
Nova Phase is a creator owned six issue series by Matthew Ritter (Writer) and Adam Elbatimy (Art).

The comic is drawn in that classic 8-bit style and tells the story of Veronica Darkwater, bounty hunter. We see where she came from and how she wanted to go into space on her own terms. No matter what terms they turned out to be. Life in space doesn’t seem to have turned out to be quite what she expected.

I fell in love with Veronica a little bit, but then I’m a softie for female characters in comics who forge their own path. We see her starry-eyed and naive, as well as competent and in charge and then full of doubt and disappointment. I loved all her dimensions. In issue two she comes in contact with Dillard, who also had to forge his own path. It would seem they have much in common and much to set them at odds.

skybreaker010While the story was fun, the art is not my thing. It’s not a style I’m fond of and I found I labored over the reading of it even though I was enjoying the story. This is a personal preference though and the creator chose the style on purpose and executes it well. If it’s a style you enjoy, I’m sure you’ll appreciate it.

I was happy to have met Veronica and hope she has many great adventures. Overall I’m giving Nova Phase 3 stars out of 5, though for the story and characters alone I’d give it 4. It’s worth checking out, especially if you’re a fan of its retro video game style.

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Nova Phase is being published through Slave Labor Graphics. The first issue will be available for free digitally through on January 15th, the second issue will be up the same day and on sale for just 99 cents. A print version of the first two issues will be collected and for sale in February through the SLG website and amazon. Issue #3 and #4 will be out in March and April respectively, with another two issue collection out in June, and issue #5 and #6 shall be out in July and August, with the final two issue collection coming out for print in September.
Nova Phase can be followed in blog form at and on Facebook at

Also, 8-bit music inspired by Nova Phase can be listened to at they have been crafted by Andrew Huang of

And Nova Phase is now live on comiXology! Here’s the link: Nova Phase

The 1st issue is free! The second? Just 99 cents!

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Mother, knitter, writer, bookseller, and geek by day but at night I revert to the 10 year old that I really am. I spend my spare time plotting world domination using an army of knitters. Got to keep the weavers in check.

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