The status of Marvel's nextwave: Agents Of H.A.T.E. comic has generally been up in the air, regarding continuity.
Created by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen a decade or so ago, it continued until Immonen was too successful for his Marvel exclusive deal to be used on such an off-beat book.
But since then the book has gained in legendary status. It can be seen as a precursor to the popularity of Deadpool, Squirrel Girl and Young Avengers.
But as to whether the bizarre and ridiculous events within actually "count" – well that's never really mattered. Ellis once said "I think it has to be a self contained universe. It takes from Marvel history, but I wouldn't necessarily want to drag mainstream Marvel into it for fear of what I would do to it."
Though it has come up, recently in Captain America & The Mighty Avengers as the old Captain Marvel faced an enemy from a past she had tried to forget.
It was pretty ace. But then that was that. And then a Secret Wars happened.
But now the new Nova comic is tying in with Civil War II. And a young inexperienced superhero meets The Captain. Remember his story?
And not his Captain America story.
And he is still as dumb as ☠☠☠☠.
I mentioned it to Warren. His response?
I'll be damned.
That's about right.
Nova #9 by Sean Ryan and R Silva, is published by Marvel Comics today.