Nova (Frankie Raye) is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Frankie Raye was the stepdaughter of Phineas T. Horton, inventor of the android Human Torch. He became bitter at the announcement of a new Human Torch, Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four. Horton brought Frankie with him as he dug into the spare parts and chemicals he had used to build the Human Torch decades earlier. Frankie was exposed to a canister of chemicals which set her on fire, but instead of being harmed she gained powers similar to the Human Torch's. Horton later placed a post-hypnotic suggestion in her mind to keep her afraid of fire, so she wouldn't use her powers.
By chance, Frankie met Johnny Storm and they began a romantic relationship. She finally discovered what her father had done to her and regained her memories. Under Johnny's guidance, she learned how to control her powers and became an unofficial member of the Fantastic Four. Although Frankie wanted to join the team on their adventures, Mister Fantastic often left her behind due to her lack of experience.
When Galactus returned to Earth, desperate for sustenance, Frankie offered herself to him as a herald in order to save Earth, and for the chance to explore space. Galactus granted her a portion of the Power Cosmic and she departed Earth, without a backwards glance.
Now called Nova, Frankie took delight in finding new worlds for Galactus to feed on, caring little for the lives of aliens. That was, until she met the Silver Surfer. The Surfer did his best to teach her to value all life, finally bringing Frankie to a primitive world and asking her if she would feed it to Galactus. She said she would, only to learn that the Surfer had brought her back in time to a young Earth.
Nova grew reluctant to serve Galactus after this, and he grew tired of her. Galactus finally cast her out, taking the vicious executioner Morg as his new herald. Nova then joined with her fellow heralds the Silver Surfer, Terrax, Firelord and Air-Walker in opposing Morg. During the battle, Morg slew Nova with a blast of energy through her chest. Later, the Silver Surfer laid her body to its final rest within a sun.
Powers and Stats
Name: Nova/Frankie Raye.
Origin: Marvel Comics
Age: Unknown (likely in her 30s)
Classification: Human Mutate/Herald of Galactus.
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, and durability, Flight, cosmic awareness, Energy Manipulation, dimensional travel, Teleportation, plasma manipulation, can detect heat signatures, Telekinesis, Immortality (Type 1), Matter Manipulation, Telepathy, can travel into hyperspace, immune to most heat-based attacks, and several others
Lifting Strength: Unknown
Striking Strength: Unknown
Durability: Star level (Was unharmed while being inside an exploding sun)
Stamina: Incredibly high, only tires when fighting powerful opponents
Range: Multiple planetary diameters, possibly 1 AU
Standard Equipment: Nothing notable
Intelligence: She was a translator before she became Galactus' herald, possesses cosmic awareness that gives her a sense of oneness with the universe's events
Weaknesses: Is obedient to Galactus, often sacrificing her own well-being and mental health to serve him, and does not have as much raw power as stronger heralds such as the Silver Surfer
- Cosmic Flames: Nova can fire off blasts of Cosmic Flames that span for hundreds of miles and reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, or higher
Other: This profile only covers the Marvel comics 616 version of Frankie Raye. Not to be confused with the character of the same name from the same fiction, the character of the same name from Kirby, or the similarly-named character from DBGT
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